Btw, base on your idea then I found out a solution (edit a little bit):
We need to store the index of the first appearance of decreasing character, for example:

11110 ( the decreasing character is '1', but we need to store the index of the first time appearance of it in the number, the index here is number 0).

12344296 ( the decreasing character is '4' and we store the index of its first appearance, is 3)
Finally, we split the origin in 3 parts: ( assume our digits testcase right now is 12344296)

Firstly, the starting digits are digits.substring(0, indexAbove) -- 123

Secondly, only 1 digit in which value decreases by 1. -- 3

Finally, the latter part is 9999, you can concat the result to the number which equals to 10** (digits.length - indexAbove) - 1 , ** is power operator.
Thank you for reading my idea.

## re: my solution of Tidy Number (Google Code Jam) VIEW POST

TOP OF THREAD FULL DISCUSSIONYou are perfectly right!

I just updated the gist with the fix (I forgot to make

`solve()`

recursive, that's the key!).Your recursive solution is coded beautifully and easy to understand, thanks a lot!

Btw, base on your idea then I found out a solution (edit a little bit):

We need to store the index of the first appearance of decreasing character, for example: