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Programming Enigma Puzzles

29 October 2014

Posted by on **From New Scientist #1379, 13th October 1983** [link]

In this week’s puzzle the ENIGMA is a whole number of gross, and IMAGINE another whole number of gross, over GO times as many as in the ENIGMA.

As usual each letter stands for a digit, and, different letters represent different digits.

IMAGINE / ENIGMA > GO

Please work out what the letters stand for, and find the value of AGAIN.

**Note**: 1 gross is 12 dozen, i.e. 144.

**Note:** I am still waiting for a phone line to be connected at my new house, so I only have sporadic access to the internet at the moment. I’ve no idea when I will get connected.

[enigma233]

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This Python program runs in 44ms.

Solution:AGAIN = 64691.The letters are: A=6; E=2; G=4; I=9; M=5; N=1; O=0 or 3.

I think you need to consider that one of A, M, N, O could be 0 (zero).

If you modify your program to do that you’ll find both solutions.