# Integer sequence puzzle in More or Less

More or Less, the BBC’s maths and statistics radio show, has been sneakily doing a puzzle on us for the last few weeks. The episodes in the series so far have each been ‘brought to you’, Sesame Street-style, by a different number. But what will the final episode be? Can you crack the integer code and solve the puzzle?

The puzzle was announced in the programme broadcast on the 27th of September; you can listen to it on the Radio 4 site or as a podcast (the puzzle bit is at 27:05). If you think you’ve solved the riddle, email More or Less through their website.

The episodes so far have been brought to you by the numbers 1, 49, 100, 784 and 1444. (It’s not in the OEIS; we’ve checked). You can find out if you’re right when the final episode in the series goes out, on BBC Radio 4 at 4.30pm on Friday 4th October.

### More information

More or Less official website

More or Less in the BBC News Magazine

More or Less podcast

Contact More or Less

## About the authors

• #### Katie Steckles

Publicly engaging mathematician, Manchester MathsJam organiser, hairdo.
• #### Paul Taylor

Maths graduate, inveterate crossword and general puzzle doer, uses brackets excessively in writing (sorry)

### 4 Responses to “Integer sequence puzzle in More or Less”

1. Sue VanHattum

On what dates were those episodes aired? Are you saying there are exactly 6 numbers in the sequence?

The first five are all perfect squares, of: 1, 7, 10, 28, and 38. (The first differences between those numbers go down, then up, then down. No obvious pattern.) Since there are exactly 6 terms (I think), I was wondering if there’s a funny pattern related to all 6 numbers together. Or if the date of airing determined the episode’s number. Hmm…

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2. Paul Taylor

There are six episodes in the series, the first five airing over the last five Fridays, but any inference as to the finiteness or otherwise of the sequence would be pure conjecture.

(Edited to correct day of the week)

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