GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution – 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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The correct solution is that there are exactly two quartets of primes that, when selected pairwise and concatenated, always produce additional prime numbers.

The quartets are:
{3,7,109,673} : 37, 73, 3109, 1093, 3673, 6733, 7109, 1097, 7673, 6737, 109673, and 673109 are all primes.
{23,311,677,827} : 23311,31123, 23677, 67723, 23827, 82723, 311677, 677311, 311827, 827311, 677827, and 827677 are all primes.

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