Today I set off on a little **Paranormal Road Trip** with Jon Ronson and Rebecca Watson. I will be posting about our little adventure next week, but if you want to know what we are up to the website is here.

OK, here is the puzzle. As ever, please do **NOT** post your answers, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

in the equation:

43 + 57 = 207

every digit is precisely one away from its true value. What is the correct sum?

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called **PUZZLED** and is available for the **Kindle** (UK here and USA here) and on the **iBookstore** (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.

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Wa hey! Welcome back everybody!

Got it. Less than a minute. There aren’t that many possibilities.

Nice one though. I suspect it will trip a few people up.,

Yay- 2 minutes!

Done, 1 minute

A minute or two.

1 minute, most taken working out the wording!

About a minute. It helps that there aren’t many possibilities.

Got it on the first attempt, now for the rest of the day!

This one is a bit easier than the visual “puzzles”

Trial and error… where’s the puzzle piece?

The ‘puzzle piece’ is finding a more efficient method than trial and error.

I used some logic to reduce the amount of trial and error.

Took me about a minute.

SPOILER ALERT

In homage to Richard’s answer to last week’s puzzle, however , I have “declared” the correct answer to be 3 animals and a gold coin dipped in parafin. I will accept no alternative answers whatsoever.

Not that much trial and error. I liked it. No sneaky lateral thinking required. A couple of minutes.

I’m an idiot- it took me a couple of minutes because at first I ignored a digit… weird huh?

got it, 2 min, nice that comments are back.

About two minutes for me too, the first spent wildly guessing, the second writing out all the possibilities, after which I spotted the correct one right away.

I wrote down all possibilities and then i choosed correct answer using windows calculator ;)

A couple of minutes to reason it out without guessing. Nice little exercise.

under a minute… but nice

Under a minute. There aren’t mant possibilities. I always love the Friday puzzles but I prefer it when you have to do a bit of lateral thinkng!

wrote it down, thunkabit,, wrote answer – 1min 58sec

That many seconds?

about a minute. the ‘One way’ typo didn’t help

done, 1-2 minutes :)

Under a minute too…was pleased with myself but that seems fairly average!

1 minute

Very straightforward… about 30 seconds

relatively simple, about 30 seconds

As a non-native speaker it took me about a minute to meditate over a meaning of ” one way from ” that is not related to transportation tickets. Then, assuming it means “+-1 away from the correct numerical value of the digit” – about 10 seconds.

Less than a minute.

45 seconds, where each digit is one away from the actual time.

A bit too easy? Nice to have a clear answer for a change though.

Brute force (mostly to see whether there were more than one answer). About 10 minutes.

Bit too easy. Got your number!

v, quick and logical. Hope I haven’t made a schoolgirl error.

Good one!

Well, I got the/an answer in under a minute but I’m not sure I did it in the most efficient manner. I applied the trial and error, suck it and see, stab in the dark, wet finger, run it up the flagpole (etc.) approach. Someone of a more mathematical bent may have seen an easier way with some fancy-schmancy formula but where’s the fun in that?

Took only a few seconds, rather easier than anticipated

Easier than it appears at first glance. Less than a minute.

That one was EASY!!!

A minute. The sum of the ones digits is three away from the ones digits in the solution, so there’s only one way to adjust them all to make them match.

Took about a minute, started writing it down then realised there was no need,

About a minute. I started at the units digit; everything else followed easily.

took ablout a minute. started with digits, after that was simple

I like this one. Not too hard, and could actually be done by children.

Lazy T – are you trying to show off on the internet?

Not that difficult, but a nice, interesting puzzle nevertheless.

Is it too late to post a spoiler now?