Variations on a Theme
Three variations of one of my favorite puzzles. The first is silly; the second is doable; and, the third will take a little bit of jiggering. I don’t know where I first saw this puzzle, but I’m pretty sure the version with ten blanks is in Gödel, Escher, Bach.
Instructions: Place numerals in the blanks to make the sentence true.
This version is for little kids. Or is it?
There are __ zeroes and __ ones in this sentence.
I’m fairly certain there are no solutions when this is extended to three blanks, but four blanks will work:
There are __ zeroes, __ ones, __ twos, and __ threes in this sentence.
It works with seven blanks (when the greatest digit is six), but that’s not much different than the one above. The piece de la resistance is the one with ten blanks:
There are __ zeroes, __ ones, __ twos, __ threes, __ fours, __ fives, __ sixes, __ sevens, __ eights, and __ nines in this sentence.