Puzzle #193: Smallville Telephones

This is a relatively simple puzzle from Mathematical Circles by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin and Ilia Itenberg. Please do share this with your children, they should enjoy this.

In Smallville, there are 15 telephones. Can they be connected by wires so that each telephone is connected with exactly 5 others?

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2 Responses to Puzzle #193: Smallville Telephones

  1. Vishal Poddar says:

    Not possible.
    Lets consider 5 slots in each telephone. Every wire will occupy 2 slots. Total slots 15*5=75.
    Total wires require = 75/2 = 37.5 which is not an integer. Therefore not possible.

  2. 15 telephones and 5 connections means 75 ends – odd number. Not possible as one wire has 2 ends.

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