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I am working on homework and problems are assigned from several sections of a book. For example, I have to solve problems 1, 7, 24 from section 1 and problems 2, 5, 9 from section 2. I do not care about section numbering so my counter would go 1 -> 7 -> 24 -> 2 -> 5 -> 9.

I have been typing all of this up via \begin{enumerate} and \setcounter which has become quite the hassle. My question is two-fold.

Should I continue using enumerate or should I do something else? (self-numbering, etc.)

Assuming yes to the above, how do I streamline the process of numbering? I tried to write something like \newcommand{foobar}[2]{\setcounter{#1}{#2}\addtocounter{#1}{-1}\item} but have had no such luck.

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    if you are using enumerate you don't need the counter settings just \item[7]... \item[24] ... – David Carlisle Jan 24 '15 at 22:40
  • @Sigur 18 seconds quicker than me, do you want to make that an answer:-) – David Carlisle Jan 24 '15 at 22:41
  • That was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you both. Either one of you can feel free to turn that into an answer. – user157227 Jan 24 '15 at 22:43
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    @Sigur seems a reasonable question with a reasonable answer. I've posted shorted ones:-) – David Carlisle Jan 24 '15 at 22:47
  • @DavidCarlisle, OK. I tried to make it longer and more exemplified. – Sigur Jan 24 '15 at 22:50
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Every time you use a list with items you can replace the default item label using, for example,

\item[7]  Item contents here.
\item[24] Item contents here.

Or if you want an empty item just use \item[].

Those commands will not affect the list margins/alignments.

  • @DavidCarlisle But where's the proof now?! – cfr Jan 24 '15 at 23:41
  • @cfr, ow, so sorry. I deleted! But after some time both comments would be the same time ago. – Sigur Jan 24 '15 at 23:44
  • @cfr you don't need proof, just faith in the accuracy of my comments! – David Carlisle Jan 25 '15 at 0:00
  • @DavidCarlisle Philosophers against irrationality! – cfr Jan 25 '15 at 1:30
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    When you mouse over it it shows the exact time. – David Mulder Jan 25 '15 at 12:52

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