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 Bananas travel (Posted on 2016-08-19)
During my stay in Toronto, Canada while enjoying my dessert dish (bananas, imported from Mexico), I got the idea of a D4 puzzle, consisting of a chain of anagrams, each resulting in a new geographic location.

Upon arriving home I've spent over 8 hours to complete a travel from China to Chicago in 11 (eleven!)links.
Finally I've decided to post an abridged version, long enough to qualify as D4 and forcing the solver to go through all the stages.
Later I have decided to lower the level of difficulty of "bananas travel" and waive the above requirement.

Here we go:

a. CHINA+BANANA=MEXICO
b. MEXICO+BANANA=ALBANIA
c. ALBANIA+BANANA=ABIDJAN
d. ABIDJAN+BANANA= SEATTLE
e. SEATTLE+BANANA=HOBOKEN
f. HOBOKEN+BANANA= BELMONT
g. BELMONT +BANANA=ARMENIA
h. ARMENIA+BANANA=ROMANIA
i. ROMANIA+BANANA= COLOMBO
j. COLOMBO+BANANA=VATICAN

You have to solve enough independent alphametics, to get the name of a (City, Country) hinted below.

The City (a9, a5, d8, d9, b7, g1, c3, c1, b3) is the official Capital of (what country)?

What City?

You may solve all alphametics (have fun!), but you don't need to.

Clarification: d5 means a letter representing 5 in the solution of alphametic d.

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 Relaxing vacation? | Comment 1 of 3
I have not tried any of these, but I just noticed (h).
ARMENIA + BANANA = ROMANIA
Based on the final letters A + A = A,  it is clear that A must be 0.
But that violates our usual Alphametics rule against leading zeroes.

Are we relaxing that rule?  Or is there a problem?

 Posted by Steve Herman on 2016-08-19 20:19:47

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