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<math>x</math> is at most <math>999</math>, so <math>x+32</math> is at most <math>1031</math>. The minimum value of <math>x+32</math> is <math>1000</math>. However, the only palindrome between <math>1000</math> and <math>1032</math> is <math>1001</math>, which means that <math>x+32</math> must be <math>1001</math>.
 
<math>x</math> is at most <math>999</math>, so <math>x+32</math> is at most <math>1031</math>. The minimum value of <math>x+32</math> is <math>1000</math>. However, the only palindrome between <math>1000</math> and <math>1032</math> is <math>1001</math>, which means that <math>x+32</math> must be <math>1001</math>.
  
 
It follows that <math>x</math> is <math>969</math>, so the sum of the digits is <math>\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 24}</math>.
 
It follows that <math>x</math> is <math>969</math>, so the sum of the digits is <math>\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 24}</math>.
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===Solution 2===
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For <math>x+32</math> to be a four-digit number, <math>x</math> is in between <math>968</math> and <math>999</math>. The palindromes in this range are <math>969</math>, <math>979</math>, <math>989</math>, and <math>999</math>, so the sum of digits of <math>x</math> can be <math>24</math>, <math>25</math>, <math>26</math>, or <math>27</math>. Only <math>\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 24}</math> is an option, and upon checking, <math>x+32=1001</math> is indeed a palindrome.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 13:13, 23 December 2017

Problem

A $\text{palindrome}$, such as 83438, is a number that remains the same when its digits are reversed. The numbers $x$ and $x+32$ are three-digit and four-digit palindromes, respectively. What is the sum of the digits of $x$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 20 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 21 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 22 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 23 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 24$

Solution

Solution 1

$x$ is at most $999$, so $x+32$ is at most $1031$. The minimum value of $x+32$ is $1000$. However, the only palindrome between $1000$ and $1032$ is $1001$, which means that $x+32$ must be $1001$.

It follows that $x$ is $969$, so the sum of the digits is $\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 24}$.

Solution 2

For $x+32$ to be a four-digit number, $x$ is in between $968$ and $999$. The palindromes in this range are $969$, $979$, $989$, and $999$, so the sum of digits of $x$ can be $24$, $25$, $26$, or $27$. Only $\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 24}$ is an option, and upon checking, $x+32=1001$ is indeed a palindrome.

See also

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