Directions: Using the digits 1 to 9 at most twice each, make the sum of the four expressions the greatest possible value.

### Hint

Which calculation of the four can produce the greatest result?

Where should you place the greatest digits?

Which digits in the calculations need to be lesser value to give you a greater result?

Where should you place the greatest digits?

Which digits in the calculations need to be lesser value to give you a greater result?

### Answer

Reading left to right, enter the digits in order:

6,7,6,7

4,5,2,1

8,9,8,9

4,5,2,1

6,7,6,7

4,5,2,1

8,9,8,9

4,5,2,1

Source: Catriona Shearer

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How can I make it interactive?

I got a little bit higher value using this instead:

6,7,6,7

4,5,2,2

8,9,8,9

4,5,1,1

Dividing by 10 in the division problem instead of 20 gave a difference of 20,000 to the final total. Of course, that doesn’t make much difference when your answer is 6.4 x 10^19