It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but I’ve been itching to give away a Math Guide for a while, and I woke up with this question in my head, so I figured I’d let ‘er rip.

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Full contest rules are here, but the important rules are below:

  • You must live in the US to get the book for free. If you live outside the US, you must pay shipping. If you are not willing to do that, please don’t enter.
  • You cannot have won a Math Guide in a contest in the past.

Assuming there’s a winner tonight (11/12/14), I will update this post tomorrow. Good luck!

UPDATE 11/13/14: Congratulations to Ashish, who made me worry that this question wasn’t hard enough when he got it so quickly. Then a bunch more people got it wrong (about 15% of people got it right during the contest) and I was relieved.

Now that there’s a winner, you can answer the question again (if you already attempted it). This time, when you submit, there’ll be a solution. So if you want to see how it’s done, just try the question again!

How’s everyone else doing on this challenge?

14% were graded 'PWND'
86% were graded 'Ouch'