Magazine article Word Ways

Palindromic Dates

Magazine article Word Ways

Palindromic Dates

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According to Anil, "Most years have one or more palindromic dates, expressed digitally. The US and Oz have different systems for ciphering dates: month/day/year vs. day/month/year. Both systems had palindromic dates in February this year but on different days. The US had ten--the 10th thru the 19th (2/x/12, where x=10-19) but no more in 2012. Oz had but one in February--the 21st (21/2/12)--but had/will have nine others on the 21st of all months January thru September plus November (21/x/12, where x = 1-9 or 11). A puzzle: What is the next year that will not have at least one palindromic date? There are potentially eight answers, two each (US+Oz) for the four different ciphering styles: a. with century (today=6/4/2012 or 4/6/2012), b. …

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