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A silly opinion (Posted on 2012-09-11) Difficulty: 4 of 5
W1: A plague on ---- of your houses.
W2: F,R,C. lend me your ---- .
SUM: The buck ----- here.
DIFF(=w1-w2): --- is a picturesque village on Santorini island.

Create alphametic equations based on above data.
Solve them to decode some critic's unrelated, biased and not necessarily sound opinion:

406 7614 1392 32689 51 "485761".

No Solution Yet Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
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My Solution Method Comment 3 of 3 |
Step 1.  Think of the alphametic words.

Step 2.  First notice that H + S = S.  Therefore H = 0.

Step 3.  Notice 406, must be _H_.  I postulated the word was THE, therefore T = 4 and E = 6.

Step 4.  I postulated that 51 was the word "is", so I set I = 5 and S = 1.

Step 5.  I looked at the word "485761" = T_I_ES.  I also knew I needed to find codes for the letters P, O, R, B.  The first word I could think of was thus "TRIBES", which gives R = 8 and B = 7.

Step 6.  I wrote out the cryptic message as much as I could, and intuitively filled in the blank letters.  I then checked that the sum and subtraction requirements were met, which they were.

  Posted by Chris, PhD on 2012-09-11 11:00:34
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