March 2001

## 3 3 8 8 - Solution

The trick to this problem was finding a way to make the most of the two 3's and two 8's that you could use. The answer was:

24 = | $$ 8\over\displaystyle 3- { 8 \over \displaystyle 3} $$ |

March 2001

The trick to this problem was finding a way to make the most of the two 3's and two 8's that you could use. The answer was:

24 = | $$ 8\over\displaystyle 3- { 8 \over \displaystyle 3} $$ |

## 9

BUT WHY ARE YOU USING 9 IF ITS ONLY 3,3,8,8

## The 9 was only used to work out the arithmetic steps in between.

The person is showing how the solution is equivalent to 24.