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 Overheard in a London eatery's kitchen (Posted on 2013-04-19)
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..."You really w1 on w2 wick!
You are such a w4, you can't do anything right.
On the menu blackboard you've misspelled the name of a Greek-American sandwich writing w3 (there should be an Y instead of an I).
You don't know how to prepare a simple w5 (an okra soup).
I wonder whether you remember your own name..."

Given:
- w1 * w2 = w5
- w3 & w4
are the partial products
- 4 out of the 5 bold-typed words begin with the same letter
- In the alphametic equation distinct letters represent distinct digits,
however both B and E represent the same digit.
- The digit 2 does not appear in the multiplication process.

Determine:
The name of the Boss and the name of the Helper.

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 re(4): ...the finish.............KUDOS ...Observations Comment 8 of 8 |
(In reply to re(3): ...the finish.............KUDOS ...Observations by brianjn)

Some (not so important) remarks:

1. I wanted to make the problem challenging and therefore avoided too obvious definitions e.g. "king of animals" or "the only  prime palindrome" - GOOB clearly was not immediately found as adequate.

2. GOOSE  is a 5-digit number and therefore does not qualify as a product of a  3-digit number  by  one-digit number.

3. IMHO the riddle is solvable  with the known words GET, MY, GIRO,  Gxxx & GUMBO  and with some extra effort - one can get the names without solving the alphametics.

4.Both of you did it , anyway

 Posted by Ady TZIDON on 2013-04-21 08:29:08

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