A mathematical (sort of) puzzle to help you while away your lunchbreak. I haven’t worked out the answer yet myself, so if you beat me to it, you can have at least one kudo, maybe more.

ELEVEN + THREE THREE ONE ONE ONE ______ TWENTY

Each letter has a numerical value from 0-9 (no two letters can have the same value)

We are told that:

E is either 1,3,5,7

O is not 0

T is not 0

Go for it! (And no sneaky writing a program to solve it exhaustively [unless that turns out to be the only way…].)

## 14 replies on “A puzzle”

Don’t ask me, I’m a linguist. ;oP

I’ve brute forced it.

There is only one answer, and it takes my box 100 seconds to find it.

Here’s the perl script, for those who are too lazy 😉

With apologies to Mo for the failed posting attempts!

Good stuff! You win the kudo.

Eh? But you said brute forcing wasn’t allowed. I shouldn’t be getting a kudo for that!

I’ve really got as far as observing that N and Y differ by 5 (since N+5E=Y), and that the carry from the Hundreds column must be even (since E+2H+carry=E).

I don’t even know if I’m any good at these problems, since I always give up on them really quickly.

But you said brute forcing wasn’t allowed. I shouldn’t be getting a kudo for that!No, you shouldn’t — but as no-one else had come up with anything at all, it goes to you by default!

Well, yeah. Most people seem to think it’s my default.

I’ve got two possible combinations for E, N, T and Y. And 3O+V+2R+(4 or 1)=28 or 8. Now I have to go back to work :o(

I’ll give you half a kudo for that, for making the effort…

Erm, wrong somewhere: 3O + V + 2R does not end in 4 nor 7. So adding 4 or 1 doens’t give you 28 or 8. Erm, and the carry from the tens column into the hundreds is neither 4 nor 1.

Couldn’t spot anything very clever.

Eventually solved it by case analysis, but that’s really just brute force with a bit of pruning. Starting from the left and attacking the small cases first seemed to work well, but I’m not sure if that’s just coincidence.

(My answer matches the one given by Tommy’s Perl script, which is probably a good sign…)

I don’t get it

5E + N = Y

=> E is odd or N = Y

& E != 1, 3, 5, 7

=> E = 9

E + x = T => E =< T

So either N=Y, E=T or E is 1, 3, 5, or 7

Someone please point out where I’ve gone wrong.

(perl means nothing to me)

Re: I don’t get it

Your “E != 1, 3, 5, 7” is incorrect — the condition stated is “E

iseither 1,3,5,7″.Re: I don’t get it

that would do it.

In that case you can have a kudo too, and is reduced to a half.

(I think starting from the left was a good idea — I tried starting from the right, and I had to run through a lot of cases before it started to look right.)