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By Rei, 9 years ago, translation, In English,
Problem B.
One just needs to calculate all possible answers and find the minimum. For example one may run on a set of numbers, for all pairs of numbers apply next operation to that pair and recursively run on a new set of numbers. When only one number remains, compare it to the already obtained minimum, and change that minimum if  it's needed.
 
 
 
 
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9 years ago, # |
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Can you describe how the answer to 1st test is 3?
1 1 1 1
+ + *

i proceed this way
+
2 2 1 1

+
2 3 3 1

*
2 3 3 3

???
  • 9 years ago, # ^ |
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    Read the problem statement carefully. The operations are:

    1 1 1 1

    +
    2 1 1

    +
    3 1

    *
    3
  • 9 years ago, # ^ |
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    I think you didn't understand the statement correctly. "... replaced them with their sum or their product." means that he erases two numbers and writes only one (sum or product). I see ambiguity in mentioned phrase, but you can derive right interpretation from the next sentence: "In the end he got one number". So after 3 minutes there should be only one number at the blackboard.
    In 1st test we have:
    1 1 1 1
    +
    2 1 1
    +
    3 1
    *
    3
    We apologize for that ambiguity, but believe that it is not very hard to resolve it by reading statement carefully one more time.

    Meh, I am too slow.
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Thanks!
i thought "them" in the problem statement refered both of the numbers.