Sunday Times Teaser 2932 – Triangulation
by Andrew Skidmore
Published December 2 2018 (link)
Liam plans to make a set of dominoes. They will be triangular, and one face of each domino will have a number at each corner. The numbers run from 0 up to a maximum digit (9 or less), and the set is to include all possible distinguishable dominoes.
With the maximum digit he has chosen the set would contain a triangular number of dominoes. [A triangular number is one where that number of balls can fit snugly in an equilateral triangle, for example the 15 red balls on a snooker table]
How many dominoes will he need to make?