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Four Stamps is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.

Puzzle

US Version

The four numerical stamps stamp shown below are designed to fill in the three blank squares and complete the equation. Only one digit can be used in each square.

Your task is to make a valid equation using the fewest number of stamps to fill all three blank squares.

Pick the stamps you'll use by checking the boxes below them, and then tap Submit.

UK Version

Here are four numbered stamps.
Stamp the numbers into the blank spaces to complete the equation. Only one digit can fit into each blank space, and you must use the lowest possible number of stamps.

Select the stamps that you need to use, then touch Submit.

Hints




Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

Think of all the equations with a one-digit answer that you can make from the four stamps provided.

There aren't that many combinations, so you should be able to figure out the results in no time.

Using only one, three, five, and seven won't allow you to create a valid equation. This calls for a shift in your thinking. Pay close attention to the shape of each stamp...

The key to this puzzle is that you're using stamps. One of the stamps can be used twice in the same square to create a single digit. Picture how you might rotate the stamps, and see if you can figure it out.

If you use the three stamps twice in a single blank square, you can make a different number and it only counts as one stamp. Use that to number as the answer to the equation.

Now just figure out what else you need to use and you'll be done. But don't forget that you're trying to use the fewest number of stamps possible.


Solution

Incorrect

Too bad!

Be sure to consider all possibilities.

Correct

US Version

Correct!

The three and five stamps are all you need! The equation can be solved by making 1 + 7 = 8, but that uses three stamps. You only need two stamps to make 3 + 5 = 8.

UK Version

That's right!

The stamps you need to use are 3 and 5.

The equation works out if you enter 1 + 7 = 8, but if you enter 3 + 5 = 8, you only use two stamps.

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