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 An economic reality (Posted on 2014-01-23)
After solving:

28094 879 8 586 *698, 512 *142 90*42.

(Attributed to John *1*7 (1838-1914), U.S.naturalist.)

Find his family name and the country of his birth.

Rem: *s represent letters not appearing in the original alphametics

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DECLARE SUB permute (a\$)
CLS
a\$ = "1234567890": h\$ = a\$
DO
IF INSTR(a\$, "0") > 3 THEN
g = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 1, 1))
b = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 2, 1))
e = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 3, 1))
a = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 4, 1))
d = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 5, 1))
t = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 6, 1))
u = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 7, 1))
x = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 8, 1))
r = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 9, 1))
s = VAL(MID\$(a\$, 10, 1))
gadget = 100100 * g + 10000 * a + 1000 * d + 10 * e + t
budget = 100000 * b + 10000 * u + 1000 * d + 100 * g + 10 * e + t
extras = 100000 * e + 10000 * x + 1000 * t + 100 * r + 10 * a + s
IF gadget + budget = extras THEN
END IF
END IF
permute a\$
LOOP UNTIL a\$ = h\$

finds

` gadget budget extras 386392 516392 902784 taxes are a bad *dea, but *ust ex*st `

John Muir was born in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, according to Wikipedia.

Taxes are a bad idea, but just (must?) exist.

 Posted by Charlie on 2014-01-23 17:19:20

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