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Ponder This Challenge:

There are seven polyhedral dice in a Dungeons & Dragons game. The result of throwing the 7 D&D dice is the sum of the seven numbers from each die:

1. Tetrahedron: numbers 1, 2, 3, 4
2. Cube: numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
3. Octahedron: numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
4, 5. Two pentagonal trapezohedron: numbers 0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
6. Dodecahedron: numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
7. Icosahedron: numbers 1, 2, 3, ..., 20.

Find a way to get the same distribution (same probability for each result) of tossing all seven D&D cubes by tossing four Disdyakis Triacontahedrons with integer numbers between 1 and 17 on their 120 faces.

Please supply your answer as four lines of 17 numbers. Line i describes the i-th Disdyakis Triacontahedron and Column j describes how many times the number j appears on it.


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Challenge: 09/28/2012 @ 01:00 PM EST
Solution: 11/01/2012 @ 01:00 PM EST
List Updated: 09/28/2012 @ 01:00 PM EST

People who answered correctly:

János Kramár (09/28/2012 02:52 PM EDT)
Fletcher Dostie (09/28/2012 06:33 PM EDT)
Deron Stewart (09/28/2012 07:52 PM EDT)
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Peter de Rivaz (09/29/2012 02:55 PM EDT)
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David Friedman (10/02/2012 11:56 PM EDT)
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