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I caught a bus the other day with a very interesting number. Can you work out the number on the bus?

  • It has four digits
  • It’s less than 2000
  • Its digits add up to 10
  • If you reverse its digits, you get the same number (it’s a palindrome)

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Brainteaser answer

The bus I caught was number 1441.
Here’s one way to work it out:

  • If it has four digits and it’s less than 2000, the first digit must be a 1.
  • Since it’s the same forwards and backwards, the last digit must also be 1.
  • Since all the digits together make 10, the middle two digits must add to eight.
  • Since the number is the same forwards and backwards, the two middle digits must be the same, so they must both be 4.

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  1. I came up with 0550 which fits the bill except that it ends up having a leading zero, so I guess it’s not truly a four digit number. Bummer.

    1. Hi Greg,
      I like your answer! Actually, I had a look around on the internet and found a bus with a leading zero:
      So I reckon your answer is perfectly good!

  2. Look up the history of the number zero, very interesting. Both as a concept and a number. Greg is 100% right. A 4 digit number can most certainly begin with a zero as 0000 is a valid 4 digit number, just not a correct answer to this brainteaser. 0550 and 1441 are correct answers.


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