# 3, 3, 8, 8 has a solution

Edit: A commenter below found a real answer. I was really wrong this time. Sorry. I guess I should delete my embarassing remarks, but better to let them stand as a reminder to me.

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Further edit: My error now seems obvious. My initial approach assumed that the first step would be to combine two numbers (this was correct) leaving a new 24 puzzle with 3 numbers. Good. But then I tried all ways to combine 3 and 3, then 8 and 8, then 3 and 8. I was ok with 3 and 3 and 8 and 8, but when I looked at 3 and 8 I excluded 8/3. Why? I wasn't looking for a fraction on the way to a whole number answer. Sloppy.

Thanks to Eric C for correcting me (below)

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K, since I wrote Monday that in the game of 24 {3,3,8,8} has no solution, I have seen a surge (as much of a surge as you might see if you had a blog with 1 – 2 dozen search engine hits per day) in searches related to this puzzle.

There is a solution. It is illegal. It involves using a decimal, and a line over a decimal. .8 with a bar over the 8…

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.8

Maybe that is what it looks like. Anyway, 3*[8 / (.8-bar)] – 3 = 24.

.8-bar = 8/9.

8 divided by 8/9 = 9

9*3 = 27

and 27 – 3 = 24

It's illegal. Can't be done legally. You can stop looking now.

I found this solution posted on another site.

8 / (3 – 8/3)

your so cool and great!

i have a lot of time to this prob..

goodluck..

This is the Answer 8 /3 = 2.666666666666667

2.666666666666667 – 3 = .3333333333333333

.3333333333333333 / 8 = 24

Answer Solve

This is Sooooo Easy why do people have trouble with this

Tip* be careful what calculator

By Nylegend 516

Switch the #s

This is the Answer 8 /3 = 2.666666666666667

3 – 2.666666666666667 = .3333333333333333

8 / .3333333333333333 = 24

Answer Solve

This is Sooooo Easy why do people have trouble with this

Tip* be careful what calculator

By Nylegend 516

My young 11 year old nephew came up with the following solution.

24 = the square root of 8 times 8 multiplied by the square root of 3 times 3

Switch the #s

This is the Answer 8 /3 = 2.666666666666667

3 – 2.666666666666667 = .3333333333333333

8 / .3333333333333333 = 24

Answer Solve

This is Sooooo Easy why do people have trouble with this

Tip* be careful what calculator

By Nylegend 516

Switch the #s

This is the Answer 8 /3 = 2.666666666666667

3 – 2.666666666666667 = .3333333333333333

8 / .3333333333333333 = 24

This is Sooooo Easy why do people have trouble with this

Tip* be careful what calculator

By Nylegend 516

that the Correct answer

the solution is 8/3-(8/3) =24

I have no idea what those mean but on the sheet of paper

It says that you are only allowed to use plus,multiply,divide and take away

Squareroot of 8 *Squareroot of 8*Squareroot of 3*Squareroot of 3 = 24

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