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My travel IN SOME ORDER (Posted on 2010-02-01) Difficulty: 4 of 5
(MET)*(SPY)=(PSASTA), which is a meaningless word.
However the partial products are three 4-letter words, all described in the following story:
I met this spy in the Russian town XXXX, one of the sister cities of Louisville, KY. Since it is an inland city - I was there without BEING AT SEA (=XXXX). We met at the building resembling the XXXX Tower, a stone tower in Dingle,Ireland.

Find the solution determining all unknowns - and prove or disprove its uniqueness.

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Solution computer solution Comment 1 of 1

FOR m = 1 TO 9
 used(m) = 1
FOR p = 1 TO 9
 IF used(p) = 0 THEN
  used(p) = 1
FOR s = 1 TO 9
 IF used(s) = 0 THEN
  used(s) = 1
FOR e = 0 TO 9
 IF used(e) = 0 THEN
  used(e) = 1
FOR t = 0 TO 9
 IF used(t) = 0 THEN
  used(t) = 1
  met = m * 100 + e * 10 + t
FOR y = 0 TO 9
 IF used(y) = 0 THEN
  used(y) = 1
  spy = s * 100 + p * 10 + y
FOR a = 0 TO 9
 IF used(a) = 0 THEN
  used(a) = 1
  psasta = p * 100000 + s * 10100 + a * 1001 + t * 10
  IF met * spy = psasta THEN
    PRINT met, spy, psasta
    PRINT s * met; p * met; y * met
  END IF
  used(a) = 0
 END IF
NEXT
  used(y) = 0
 END IF
NEXT
  used(t) = 0
 END IF
NEXT
  used(e) = 0
 END IF
NEXT
  used(s) = 0
 END IF
NEXT
  used(p) = 0
 END IF
NEXT
 used(m) = 0
NEXT

finds

719           326           234394
2157  1438  4314

which, laid out and interpreted, gives:

    719        MET
    326        SPY
-------    -------
   4314       ASEA
  1438       EASK
 2157       PERM
-------    -------
 234394     PSASTA
 


The EASK required a Google search to find (that is to get the otherwise-undefined K). The R in PERM didn't need Google.


  Posted by Charlie on 2010-02-01 13:01:25
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