It will be convenient to imagine that we are
painting our pyramids on the flat cardboard, as in the diagrams, before
Now, if we take any four colours (say red, blue,
green, and yellow), they may be applied in only 2 distinctive ways, as
shown in Figs, 1 and 2.
Any other way will only result in one of these
when the pyramids are folded up.
If we take any three
colours, they may be applied in the 3 ways shown in Figs. 3, 4, and
If we take any two colours, they may be applied in
the 3 ways
shown in Figs.
6, 7, and 8.
If we take any single colour, it may
obviously be applied in only 1 way.
But four colours may be selected in
35 ways out of seven; three in 35 ways; two in 21 ways; and one colour
in 7 ways.
Therefore 35 applied in 2 ways = 70; 35 in
3 ways = 105; 21 in 3 ways = 63;
and 7 in 1 way = 7.
Consequently the pyramid may be painted in 245
different ways (70 + 105 + 63 + 7),
using the seven colours of the solar spectrum in accordance with the
conditions of the puzzle.