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Getting the Combination (1982)
Isaac Asimov
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

Griswold figures out a combination by correctly guessing the next number in a sequence.

AKA "Playing the Numbers". Published originally in the June 1982 issue of Gallery.

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TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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