If you like Latin squares and such things, take a look at Diamond Geezer’s post for today: a pair of orthogonal Latin squares with two disjoint common transversals, and some entries given (if you do the harder puzzle).

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If you like Latin squares and such things, take a look at Diamond Geezer’s post for today: a pair of orthogonal Latin squares with two disjoint common transversals, and some entries given (if you do the harder puzzle).

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I assume that the “harder” puzzle is aimed at non-mathematicians, as presumably any mathematician will just apply the group S_3 x S_3 to the symbols that aren’t J and D to get an appropriate Latin square.

From feedback on the site, it seems most people failed to realise that the second puzzle was a trivial transformation of the first.

Indeed – see David Craven’s comment (he’s a mathematician!)

You may be interested in my post of today.

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