MM026 - Mangled Math

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Mangled Math
Puzzle Number 026
Puzzle Name Mangled Math
Picarats Given 25 Picarats
Type Write Answer
Location Pebble Lane
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This is the twenty-sixth puzzle you'll encounter in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. To access this puzzle, you must talk to Dalston. In order to solve this puzzle, you must figure out the answer to the math problem.


[edit] Hints

Hint One
    Just smoothing out the creases won't help. There are some necessary parts of the equations missing that make it impossible to solve.

    However, Dalston seems convinced that it's a simple problem Surely he wouldn't say that about multiple-variable equations! What's going on?

Hint Two
    Why does Dalston, who's standing right in front of Hershel, find it so much easier to solve?

    He's looking at the homework sheet upside down. Shouldn't that just make it harder to read?

    Try looking at it upside down yourself to see if it helps at all.

Hint Three
    When you looked at the sheet upside down, did you notice anything?

    Maybe Dalston isn't looking at those equations at all.

    Incidentally, those rips in the paper are shaped quite strangely. Is there some kind of special meaning to them?

Super Hint
    Look at the sheet upside down, and focus only on the ripped parts. It look as if they form a math problem of their own.

    It appears to read "17 - 2."

    A far simpler problem!

[edit] Messages

[edit] When Failed

Too bad.

Dalston says it's a simple problem. That can't be right...or can it?

[edit] When Completed

Correct! Hope you didn't tear your hair out.

From where Dalston is standing, the torn parts of the page appear to form a much simpler math problem: 17 - 2. The answer, of course, is 15.

[edit] Solution

The answer is 15.

[edit] Progress

765 Picarats and 100 Hint Coins.

Last edited by Squiggle on 20 August 2015 at 02:51
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