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Problem Description

bullet Pandigital numbers contain all of the digits 0 through 9 exactly once.
bullet "Almost pandigital" numbers contain no zeros and the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.

As an introduction to pandigital numbers, write  a program that finds:

  1. The smallest pandigital number that is a perfect square.
  2. A number and it's square which together contain digits 1 through 9 exactly once (i.e. form an "almost pandigital" number.

Addendum March 30, 2008:  Solutions for three additional sample problems proposed by viewers have been added: 

  1.  Find a pandigital number in which each subset of the first N digits considered as an integer is exactly divisible by N.  (For example. the number cannot be 1234567890 because even though "1" is divisible by 1, "12" is divisible by 2, and "123" is divisible by 3, "1234" is not divisible by 4.)
  2. Find all equations of the form a x b = c with the property that a, b, and c are integers and collectively they form an almost pandigital number, i.e. they contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.
  3. Find all almost pandigital numbers, using digits 1 thru 9 only once each, with the property that its square contains each digit 1 thru 9 twice.

Addendum May 31, 2010:  Version 3.1 adds one more problem today.  This solves the problem posed by Listener Crossword #4088, "Digimix".  It seems that "Listener" crossword puzzles are published weekly in the London Times which charges for current puzzles (!) but are available for free after a few weeks at

  1. Find integers X and Y which together form an Almost pandigital number (X and Y together contain only the digits 1 through 9 exactly once) and the sum of whose squares(X2 + Y2) is also Almost pandigital.

Background & Techniques.

Both problems depend on generating pandigital numbers in increasing sequence.   Function GetNextPandigital performs this job for us.   It uses the Sawada/SEPA  permutation algorithm introduced in Permutes1.  

Some definitions of pandigital specify that it cannot begin with 0, others do not and I haven't found an "official" definition.  In solving the first problem, I added a checkbox that lets the user decide if leading zeros count.  Allowing a leading zero,  the smallest pandigital is 0123456789;  without a leading zero the smallest is 1023456789.

Running/Exploring the Program 

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Suggestions for Further Explorations

There are pairs of  pandigital numbers who's products are palindromes.   How many can you find?
If abcdefghi is an "almost pandigital" number, find the only value satisfying  a/bc + d/ef +g/hi = 1.

Original Date: August 25,2002 

Modified: July 29, 2017

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