# Brain Game: It's a Date!

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I remember when I got my first "desk" job...Â My deskÂ had a funky calendar that was really nothing butÂ two cubes and a little stand to place the two cubes side-by-side for the date. I alsoÂ used a manual typewriter, but that's just showing my age.

Anyway, this two-cubeÂ calendar didn't indicate the month or the day of the week; just the date. Each of the six sides on theÂ two cubes depicted a single digit. By placing some combination of the two cubes in the slots on the stand, you could indicate any date from 01 to 31. (You had toÂ keep a cube in each slot... you wouldn't want to hide one of them and lose it.)

Today's question (and it's probably a bit trickier than it seems at first glance):

What were theÂ digits on the sides of the two 'date' cubes that allowed every possibleÂ date to appear usingÂ both cubes?

Here'sÂ one SOLUTION.

ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION:

One of the cubesÂ had the digits: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

The other cube had the digits 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8.

By using some combination of the two cubes -- and placing the '6' cube upside down for the '9' when necessary -- you could use these two cubes to indicate any date from 01 to 31.