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Why and when (Posted on 2014-10-01) Difficulty: 4 of 5
After solving the alphametics:
oracle=almost+mentor
decode the following phrase:
0*8 39170*3 *659*1 4*7**
(asterisks stand for letters undisclosed by your solution), then explain
the text's meaning and specify on what occasions the phrase was used.

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Solution computer aided solution Comment 1 of 1
Private Sub Form_Load()
 ChDir "C:\Program Files (x86)\DevStudio\VB\projects\flooble"
 Text1.Text = ""
 crlf$ = Chr(13) + Chr(10)
 Form1.Visible = True
 DoEvents

 For o = 1 To 9
  If used(o) = 0 Then
   used(o) = 1
 For a = 1 To 9
  If used(a) = 0 Then
   used(a) = 1
 For m = 1 To 9
  If used(m) = 0 Then
   used(m) = 1
 For r = 0 To 9
  If used(r) = 0 Then
   used(r) = 1
 For c = 0 To 9
  If used(c) = 0 Then
   used(c) = 1
 For l = 0 To 9
  If used(l) = 0 Then
   used(l) = 1
 For e = 0 To 9
  If used(e) = 0 Then
   used(e) = 1
   oracle = 100000 * o + 10000 * r + 1000 * a + 100 * c + 10 * l + e
 For s = 0 To 9
  If used(s) = 0 Then
   used(s) = 1
 For t = 0 To 9
  If used(t) = 0 Then
   used(t) = 1
   almost = 100000 * a + 10000 * l + 1000 * m + 100 * o + 10 * s + t
 For n = 0 To 9
  If used(n) = 0 Then
   used(n) = 1
   mentor = 100000 * m + 10000 * e + 1000 * n + 100 * t + 10 * o + r

   If oracle = almost + mentor Then
     Text1.Text = Text1.Text & "oracle almost mentor" & crlf
     Text1.Text = Text1.Text & oracle & Str(almost) & Str(mentor) & crlf
   End If

   used(n) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(t) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(s) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(e) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(l) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(c) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(r) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(m) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(a) = 0
  End If
 Next
   used(o) = 0
  End If
 Next

 Text1.Text = Text1.Text & crlf & " done"
End Sub

finds

oracle almost mentor
591862 164503 427359

Using that I get:

s*c trans*t *lor*a m*n**
sic transit gloria mundi

Thus passes worldly glory.

According to Wikipedia the phrase was used in coronations of popes between 1409 and 1963.

  Posted by Charlie on 2014-10-01 15:51:47
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