2070.51 – Square of Dates

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Take a calendar. Draw a square around any nine dates. (It will be a 3 x 3 square, right?) Let ss be the smallest number in the square. If you add up all the numbers in the square, the answer will always be a multiple of 9. In particular, the sum will be exactly 9(s+8)9 (s + 8).



A 3x3 square of dates from a calendar will look like the figure below, where ss is the smallest date in the square. Add everything up in the square and you’ll get 9s+72=9(s+8).9s + 72 = 9 (s + 8). Voila!