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PentaWord 1 (Posted on 2011-12-14) Difficulty: 4 of 5
Replace the red numerals, 0 to 9, with a unique letter of the alphabet around the pentagram to form five 4-letter words which read in the direction of the arrows.

Allowing that letters have a positional value in the alphabet (1-26), the sum for each word value appears as a green two digit numeral on the diagram.

Each of the five words has some association with a different word in this phrase -
"Not the life of a sparkling female kid Paulette."
The words are common enough, but may not be mainstream in some gatherings.

See The Solution Submitted by brianjn    
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Some Thoughts Probably not solved but a reasonable method | Comment 1 of 6
It is interesting to note that if you fill in any two of the words the others are fixed because it leaves 3 unknown letters to make 3 sums.

For example 'kid' made me think GOAT = 43
then I needed another word starting with G.  'female' could be GIRL = 46
Then these would be the two words coming from the 0.
The only blanks left would be at the red numbers 2, 5 and 8.
Call them x, y and z respectively, then to give the green totals
x+I+O+z = 45 --> x + z = 21
x+R+y+T = 61 --> x + y = 23
z+A+y+L = 53 --> y + z = 40
Solving this system gives
x = 2 --> B
y = 21 --> U
z = 19 --> S
And the missing words are BIOS, BRUT, SAUL
I don't think these words have much to do the the phrase but it does outline way to try different words.

  Posted by Jer on 2011-12-14 11:06:10
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