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If the 4 x 4 grid in the attached picture is filled with the consecutive integers from 37 to 52, inclusive, so that every row, column and major diagonal sums to the same value, which of the following is a possible value of the sum of the four center cells of the grid (indicated by the shaded area)?

(A) 124
(B) 153
(C) 178
(D) 192
(E) 214

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Sum of the numbers from 37 to 52 = (n/2)[2a + (n-1)d] = (16/2) [74+15] = 8 * 89 = 712

Therefore the sum of all numbers in the grid = 712
If x is the sum of all numbers in a row/column/major diagonal, then
4x = 712
=> x = 178 = sum of all numbers in any row = sum of all numbers in any diagonal = sum of all numbers in either major diagonal

Now, consider the grid as follows:
1' 2' 3' 4'
5' 6' 7' 8'
9' 10' 11' 12'
13' 14' 15' 16'

We know that 1' + 6' + 11' + 16' = 178
4' + 7' + 10' + 13' = 178
=> 1' + 6' + 11' + 16' + 4' + 7' + 10' + 13' = 356
=> 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' + 1' + 13' + 4' + 16' = 356

Also 5' + 6' + 7' + 8' + 9' + 10' + 11' + 12' = 356
and 1' + 5' + 9' + 13' + 4' + 8' + 12' + 16' = 356
=> 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' - 1' - 13' - 4' - 16' = 0

Therefore 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' = 356/2 = 178 = sum of the middle four numbers

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In the last step "=> 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' - 1' - 13' - 4' - 16' = 0"
how can we be sure that the +ve groupings and -ve groupings each add up to 178 or 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' = 178. It could be 180 for 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' and 176 for - 1' - 13' - 4' - 16'. Am i missing something here?
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In the last step "=> 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' - 1' - 13' - 4' - 16' = 0"
how can we be sure that the +ve groupings and -ve groupings each add up to 178 or 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' = 178. It could be 180 for 6' + 7' + 10' + 11' and 176 for - 1' - 13' - 4' - 16'. Am i missing something here?
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This is just another great question.
The difficulty level of this question is high and it didn't strike me how to do this question when I tried it in the first attempt.
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I followed a rather simple approach. Since all the four sides and the major diagonal has same value. The sum of four center cell should also be the same. and it should be (37+38+51+52) = 178
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