**Source:**Mailed by Sudeep Kamath (EECS PhD Student, UC Berkeley, EE IITB 2008 Alumnus)

**Problem:**

A is a 300 x 300 matrix with 17 on the diagonal, and the rest of the entries being 11. What is det (A) ?

**Update: (21 June 2014):**

**Solution posted by Gowtham R (Stanford), Justin Rising, Pavan Bharadwaj, Hansaplatz and gaurushh in comments! Thanks**