# Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society

 Solution for 2.2 Theology (Answer = DECALOGUE)

The first thing to notice is that this is really a sudoku in disguise. This can be motivated by the fact that there is a 9x9 grid, as well as the fact that none of the symbols appear twice in any row or column.

We can number the religions from 1-9 by the number of followers. Note that one of the religions is "blank", indicating agnosticism or atheism. Here is the solved sudoku (seeds are highlighted) along with the word search grid:

 3 1 9 6 4 8 2 5 7 2 4 6 5 7 1 3 9 8 5 7 8 9 2 3 1 4 6 6 8 4 7 1 5 9 3 2 1 5 2 3 8 9 7 6 4 9 3 7 4 6 2 8 1 5 7 6 1 8 9 4 5 2 3 4 2 3 1 5 7 6 8 9 8 9 5 2 3 6 4 7 1

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We should quickly notice that the letters corresponding to "1" almost spells DISCIPLES, and the other numbers also anagram to other words associated with religion:

OrderReligionGrid LettersAnagramLetter
1ChristianityDISICPLESDISCIPLESD
2IslamLEIEVBGINBELIEVINGE
3NoneELSIAGRECSACRILEGEC