# square mystics

Consider a 3 × 3 square where each small square 1 × 1 is written one of the integers 1,2,3 or square 4.This is called Mystic the sum of the numbers in each row and each column is a multiple of 4. How many squares are mystics?

Note by Vander Nemitz
5 years, 1 month ago

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There are 256 3x3 mystic squares, because given the upper-left 2x2 square of a 3x3 mystic square, you can uniquely reconstruct the mystic square, and every 2x2 square is the upper-left 2x2 square of a 3x3 mystic square.

- 5 years, 1 month ago

Colby, you can explain how to get the answer 256?

- 5 years, 1 month ago

The number of 3x3 mystic squares is equal to the number of 2x2 normal squares as per the reasoning above, and there are 256 normal 2x2 squares because you have 4 spots to fill with 4 numbers and 444*4 = 256.

- 5 years, 1 month ago