GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – Prime Pair Permutations

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The numbers 13, 127, and 241 are an interesting “prime pair permutation” trio. Each number is prime, and concatenating any permutation of a pair of these numbers also makes a prime. For example, [13][127] = 13,127 and [241][13] = 24,113 are both prime.

This week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week is straightforward, but may take a little brain power. How many sets of numbers under 1,000 are there that are “prime pair permutation” quartets? That is, how many sets of four primes are there with 3 or fewer digits that can be selected pairwise in any combination to be stuck together in either order that always make a new prime?

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Good luck, and happy puzzling!

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