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2011 in fours - solution


Write the number 2011 using only the digit 4 and the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponentiation, taking a square root and factorial. You can use any number composed of the digit 4, even if it's decimal, so 44 and 44.44 are both allowed. You're also allowed to use brackets.

Solution: 444 x 4 + 44 - 4 x 4 - 4 - 4/4 = 2011.

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