PRIZE PUZZLE FOR OCTOBER 2008
THE UPRIGHT PUZZLE
The puzzle this month is to trace a route through the above 5 x 5 matrix, starting in the bottom left corner with a value of 1 and ending at the top right. You can move only right one square or up one square. When you move right you ADD the value of the new square to your total. When you move up you MULTIPLY by the new square value. The object is to maximise your final score.
The winner is the competitor with the highest score (shared by a random draw if more than one with the same maximum).
The best result was 72,030 obtained by the following path (R=Right, U=Up): R(7), R(10), R(15), U(180), U(1800), U(7200), R(7203), U(72030).
I received four answers with this total plus two other answers that were not optimum. Thank you for all of them. The four who had the maximum were Richard Burkhill, John Stafford (who won the draw), Alan Ash and Clem Robertson. Other entrants were Barry Cant and John Moxon.