Copyright © University of Cambridge. All rights reserved.

In Niatirb they use Cibara numerals. These are the same shape as normal Arabic numerals, but with the meanings in the opposite order. So "0" means "nine", "1" means "eight" and so on. But they write their numbers from left to right and use arithmetic symbols just as we do. So, for example, they use 62 for the number we write as 37.

How do the inhabitants of Niatirb write the answer to the sum that they write as 837 + 742?

If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

*This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.**View the archive of all weekly problems grouped by curriculum topic*

View the current weekly problem