Sunday, April 18, 2021
From Curtis Karnow comes a puzzle that boldly goes where no human has gone before:
You are creating a variation of a Romulan pixmit deck. Each card is an equilateral triangle, with one of the digits 0 through 9 (written in Romulan, of course) at the base of each side of the card. No number appears more than once on each card. Furthermore, every card in the deck is unique, meaning no card can be rotated so that it matches (i.e., can be superimposed on) any other card.
What is the greatest number of cards your pixmit deck can have?
Extra credit: Suppose you allow numbers to appear two or three times on a given card. Once again, no card can be rotated so that it matches any other card. Now what is the greatest number of cards your pixmit deck can have?