# In a Row Puzzle

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This In a Row Puzzle challenges students to arrange the digits 1 through 9 in such a way that four statements regarding the sum of various subsets of the row are true.

The numbers 1 and 2 and all the digits between them add up to 9. The numbers 2 and 3 and all the digits between them add up to 19. The numbers 3 and 4 and all the digits between them add up to 45.

Finally, the numbers 4 and 5 and all the digits between them add up to 18.

Often, people ask me where I run across the puzzles I use with my students and share on my blog. Hereâ€™s the short answer: One of my hobbies is reading through as many puzzle books as I can get my hands on.

I love checking puzzle books out of the Internet Archiveâ€™s free Online Lending Library for this purpose.

I discovered this puzzle in Maximize Your Brainpower: 1000 New Ways to Boost Your Mental Fitness by Philip Carter and Ken Russell. I checked this book out for free from the Internet Archiveâ€™s Online Lending Library that I mentioned earlier.

I attached disc magnets to the back of the digits 1 through 9 so that students can move them around as they work to solve the puzzle.

If you had students working in groups at their tables, you wouldnâ€™t need magnets at all. You could even give this as a task on whiteboards with no number cards at all.

## Free Download of In a Row Puzzle

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Want more puzzles like this? I have an entire page of free downloadable puzzles.

## Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

Thank you so much for this fun puzzle! I am curious….do you also post the answers? ðŸ™‚ I love your site!

You’re very welcome! I don’t post answers here on the site because I don’t want students to be able to google them. Teachers can always email me for an answer key! (mathequalslove@gmail.com)

I would love an answer key to “In a Row”. I’m curious to see if I’m doing it right!

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Can I get a key to the In a Row Puzzle. I think I have it right…but you never know ðŸ™‚

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I would love an answer key to this as well. Thank you!

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Could I please have a key for In a Row? THANK YOU for sharing these resources!

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Could you please share the answer key for IN a Row? Thanks!

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so very thankful for all that you do to inspire!

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I would love the answer key for In A Row. Thank you for making math so much more fun to teach!

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This is a great activity! Thank you so much for sharing. My I get a key as well?

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Hi Sarah!

Do you mind sending me the answers to this in a row puzzle?

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May I get a key as well please

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May I have an answer key to this one and to 5 arrows puzzle. Thank you. Love all of this

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Thank you for sharing your puzzles.

What a great way to develop grit and practice collaboration!

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I would love an answer key to this as well!

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