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Child's Play (1986)
Isaac Asimov
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

Young Griswold uses something he just learned in elementary school math class to solve a minor stumper. (Be warned: the problem has a minor bug. Change "mix" to "nix".)

Published in the January 1986 issue of Ellery Queen Magazine.

(See also 1 to 999 and Ten, two other Griswold stories. Each of these "stories" is really more of a puzzle whose solution is found through some non-mathematical aspects of mathematical notation. A third Griswold story, Getting the Combination is noticeably more mathematical.)

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Works Similar to Child's Play
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Ten by Isaac Asimov
  2. 1 to 999 by Isaac Asimov
  3. The Math Code by Alex Kasman
  4. The Zero Clue by Rex Stout
  5. Getting the Combination by Isaac Asimov
  6. Mathematical Doom by Paul Ernst
  7. The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco by Dennis Shasha
  8. Sixty Million Trillion Combinations by Isaac Asimov
  9. Go, Little Book by Isaac Asimov
  10. The Locked House of Pythagoras [P. no Misshitsu] by Soji Shimada
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Mathematical Content:
2.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (2 votes)

TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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