DB142 - The Scholar's Life

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The Scholar's Life
Puzzle Number 142
Puzzle Name The Scholar's Life
Picarats Given 60 Picarats
Type Write Answer
Location Layton's Challenges
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This is the one hundred and forty-second puzzle you will encounter in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. This puzzle can be accessed through Professor Layton's Challenges. In order to solve this puzzle, you must use the words written on the mathematician's grave to determine how many years he lived.


[edit] Hints

Hint One
    Try rigging up a linear equation where this mathematician's life in years equals X.

Hint Two
    Would you rather not use hard math to solve this puzzle? Have no fear--you can also solve this problem without using a linear equation.

    By adding together 1/6, 1/12, 1/7, and 1/2 of this man's life, you can express the length of the mathematician's life as fractions, minus the parts that were five and four years long. You can find the answer using only this information.

Hint Three
    The lowest common denominator of 2, 6, 7, and 12 seems to be the same as the length of the mathematician's life expressed in years.

[edit] Messages

[edit] When Failed

Too bad!

This puzzle take some brainpower, but keep at it.

[edit] When Completed

Very nice!

The mathematician was alive for 84 years. Setting up a linear equation, as shown above, makes short work of this puzzle.

Interestingly enough, a puzzle very similar to the one you just solved is said to be written upon the headstone of the grave of Diophantus, a famous ancient Greek mathematician.

[edit] Solution


The mathematician lived for 84 years.

[edit] Progress

4604 Picarats and 230 Hint Coins.

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