Problem of the Week 1163

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Five pairs of shoes of different sizes are in a closet. In how many ways can five people reach in and each remove a left and right shoe, so that no one gets a proper pair of shoes?

Source: Sally Cockburn and Joshua Lesperance, "Deranged socks," Mathematics Magazine 86 (2013) 96-109.

© Copyright 2013 Stan Wagon. Reproduced with permission.

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27 September 2013