The teacher thinks of a four digit number made up of digits in the range 1 to 4. Each student guesses what the four digit number might be. The teacher gives one tick for each digit the student has in the right place. What number is the teacher thinking of?
Justin : 4113  Austin : 4424 
Evan : 3333  Thomas : 1423 
Luke : 4144  Mason : 2132 
Aidan : 2232  Jackson : 2322 
Isaiah : 2413  Jordan : 4222 
Gavin : 4312  Conner : 2311 
Aiden : 2433  Isaac : 1343 
Jason : 3233  Cameron : 4232 
Hunter : 2241  Jayden : 4433 
Juan : 2414  Charles : 1322 
Note for Teacher: All of the students guesses above will probably not fit on the screen at the same time. You may wish to keep the lower guesses hidden so as not to make the activity too easy.
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Possible strategy: Make a grid showing the possible digits which could appear in each of the four positions. By looking at the clues which do not have any ticks by them, cross of the digits which can't appear in each position.
There should now be only a limited choice for the correct digits:
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