Enigmatic Code

Programming Enigma Puzzles

Tag Archives: by: Eric Emmet

Puzzle 63: One and one make two

From New Scientist #1114, 3rd August 1978 [link]

“Never tell them more than you need”, as Professor Knowall has so often said. “And pay them the compliment, my dear Sergeant Simple, of supposing that they are capable of putting one and one together to make two”.

As my readers will know, the professor, though he does not often have the time to turn his attention to anything other than crime, is very interested in football and likes making up and solving football puzzles. His remarks about putting one and one together to make two seemed rather silly to me at first, but I soon realised what he meant when he showed me the puzzle.

It was about four football teams, and gave some information concerning the number of matches played, won, lost and so on. But of the 24 pieces of information that one might have expected only 12 were given. One did indeed need to put one and one together to make two.

The information was as follows:

“That ought not to be too hard for you, my dear Sergeant”, he said, “but I must add also the information that not more than seven goals were scored in any match”.

I’m afraid it was too much for me, but I hope that the readers will be able to find out the score in each match.

(Each team is eventually going to play each other once).

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Enigma 418: Let us divide

From New Scientist #1568, 9th July 1987 [link]

In the following division sum each letter stands for a different digit:

Re-write the sum with the letters replaced by digits.

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Puzzle 64: Addition: digits all wrong

From New Scientist #1115, 10th August 1978 [link]

Each digit in the addition sum below is wrong. But the same wrong digit stands for the same correct digit wherever it appears, and the same correct digit is always represented by the same wrong digit.

Find the correct addition sum.

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Puzzle 65: Division: figures all wrong

From New Scientist #1116, 17th August 1978 [link]

In the following, obviously incorrect, division sum the pattern is correct, but every single figure is wrong.

The correct division, of course, comes out exactly. All the digits in the answer are only 1 out, but all the other digits may be incorrect by any amount.

Find the correct figures.

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Enigma 414: Nicely bungled, Sir!

From New Scientist #1564, 11th June 1987 [link]

My Uncle, I fear, has done it again. He has been taking great interest in the activities of four local football teams — A, B, C and D — and he managed to obtain some details, not very complete ones, I am afraid, of the matches played, won, lost, drawn and so on. But no one will be surprised, perhaps not even Uncle Bungle, to hear that one of the figures given was incorrect.

The details that he had looked like this:

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Which figure was wrong? What was the score in the matches that had been played?

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Puzzle 66: Hopes and successes on the island

From New Scientist #1117, 24th August 1978 [link]

I had been away from the Island of Imperfection for some time and I was amused — and rather distressed — on a recent visit to find that there was now another tribe there.

But I had better explain. In the old carefree days, which I knew so well, there had been three tribes on the island. The Pukkas, who always told the truth, the Wotta-Woppas, who never told the truth, and the Shilla-Shallas, who made statements which were alternately true and false or false and true. I cannot pretend to know how it happened but now there is another tribe who call themselves the Jokers. I am afraid that all I can tell you about them is that in making three statements their truth-telling rules are any rules that are different from those of the other three tribes. Just to be different! That seems to be all they are interested in, and I find it hard to restrain myself from making some acid comments about the modern generation. They don’t seem to be much interested in fun or laughter but in achievement. And it is no doubt because of this that the main currency of the island is called a Success, and it made up of 100 Hopes.

Four men, ABC and D (one from each tribe), make statements as follows:

A: (1) B makes more true statements than D does.
A: (2) My income is 7 Successes and 50 Hopes per week more or less than D‘s income.
A: (3) C is a Wotta-Woppa.

B: (1) A‘s income is 2 Successes and 50 Hopes per week more or less than mine.
B: (2) D‘s second statement is true.
B: (3) C‘s income is 8 Successes and 50 Hopes per week.

C: (1) D is a Joker.
C: (2) My income is 10 Successes per week.
C: (3) B is a Pukka.

D: (1) B is a Joker.
D: (2) My income is 1 Success per week more or less than C‘s income.
D: (3) C is not a Joker.

It was rather interesting to notice that the more truthful a man the less was his income. All their incomes were a multiple of 50 Hopes.

Find the tribes to which ABC and D belong and their weekly incomes.

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Puzzle 67: Addition: letters for digits

From New Scientist #1118, 31st August 1978 [link]

It is, I admit, a moot point whether it is better to guess at some of Uncle Bungle’s illegible letters and to hope for the best, or just to leave them out. For some time now I have guessed, but I must admit that my guessing is not what it was, so in this sum anything that is illegible has just been left out. Letters stand for digits, and the same letter stands for the same digit whenever it appears, and different letters stand for different digits. In the final sum all the digits from 0-9 are included.

Write out the correct addition sum.

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Enigma 410: Most right

From New Scientist #1560, 14th May 1987 [link]

The addition sums which Uncle Bungle has been making up recently, with letters substituted for digits, have been getting longer and more complicated. And no one will be surprised to hear that in the latest one everything is not as it should be. In fact one of the letters is wrong.

Here it is:

What can you say about the letter which is wrong? What should it be? Find the correct sum.

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Puzzle 68: Football and addition: letters for digits

From New Scientist #1119, 7th September 1978 [link]

In the following football table and addition sum letters have been substituted for digits (from 0 to 9). The same letter stands for the same digit wherever it appears and different letters stand for different digits. The three teams are eventually going to play each other once — or perhaps they have already done so.

(Two points are given for a win and one point to each side in a drawn match).

Find the scores in the football matches and write out the addition sum with numbers substituted for letters.

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Puzzle 69: Division: letters for digits

From New Scientist #1120, 14th September 1978 [link]

For some reason Uncle Bungle does not like divisors. This has been left out in the latest division sum which he has produced with letters substituted for digits. Here it is:

Find the divisor and all the digits of the sum.

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Enigma 405: Uncle bungles the answer

From New Scientist #1555, 9th April 1987 [link]

It is true, of course, that there are rather a lot of letters in this puzzle, but despite that I though that for once Uncle Bungle was going to write it out correctly. In fact there was no mistake until the answer but in that, I’m afraid, one of the letters was incorrect.

This is another addition sum with letters substituted for digits. Each letter stands for the same digit whenever it appears, and different letters stand for different digits. Or at least they should, and they do, but for the mistake in the last line across.

Enigma 405

Which letter is wrong?

Write out the correct addition sum.

Note: This is a corrected version of Enigma 401.

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Enigma 401: Uncle bungles the answer

From New Scientist #1551, 12th March 1987 [link]

It is true, of course, that there are rather a lot of letters in this puzzle, but despite that I though that for once Uncle Bungle was going to write it out correctly. In fact there was no mistake until the answer but in that, I’m afraid, one of the letters was incorrect.

This is another addition sum with letters substituted for digits. Each letter stands for the same digit whenever it appears, and different letters stand for different digits. Or at least they should, and they do, but for the mistake in the last line across.

Enigma 401

Which letter is wrong?

Write out the correct addition sum.

As it stands the puzzle has no solution. New Scientist published the following correction with Enigma 404:

Correction to Enigma 401, “Uncle bungles the answer”. Unfortunately, as a result of a printer’s error, New Scientist managed to bungle the question. We will publish the correct question, in full, in our issue of 9 April, as Enigma 405. In the meantime, our apologies to those who were thwarted by the mistake.

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Puzzle 70: Football five teams: new method

From New Scientist #1121, 21st September 1978 [link]

The new method of rewarding goals scored in football matches goes from strength to strength. In this method 10 points are given for a win, 5 points for a draw and 1 point for each goal scored. Once can get some idea of the success of the method from the fact that in the latest competition between 5 teams, when some of the matches had been played, each team had scored at least 1 goal in every match. They are eventually going to play each other once.

The points were as follows:

A   11
B    8
C   12
D    5
E   43

Not more than 9 goals were scored in any match.

What was the score in each match?

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Puzzle 71: All wrong, all wrong

From New Scientist #1122, 28th September 1978 [link]

A couple of one’s, a couple of two’s and a six;
All wrong, all wrong!

If only I thought that the puzzle was one I could fix,
I’d sing a song.

But as I feel sure that it’s rather too much for me,
My voice is muted.

Uncle Bungle’s my name and I fear that you must agree,
I’m rather stupid.

So please, I implore,
Continue the fight,
With tooth and with claw,
With main and with might,
To make wrong sums right.

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The figures given are all incorrect. Write out the whole division sum.

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Puzzle 72: Addition: letters for digits

From New Scientist #1123, 5th October 1978 [link]

In the addition sum below, letters have been substituted for digits. The same latter stands for the same digit whenever it appears and different letters stand for different digits.

Write the sum out with numbers substituted for letters.

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Enigma 397: All wrong again

From New Scientist #1547, 12th February 1987 [link]

In the following addition sum all the digits are wrong. But the same wrong digit stands for the same correct digit wherever it appears, and the same correct digit is always represented by the same wrong digit.

Find the correct addition sum.

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Puzzle 73: A division sum. Find the missing digits

From New Scientist #1124, 12th October 1978 [link]

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Puzzle 74: Football (three teams, old method)

From New Scientist #1125, 19th October 1978 [link]

Three football teams (AB and C) are to play each other once. After some — or perhaps all — the matches had been played, a table giving some details of goals, and so on, looked like this:

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Two points are given for a win and one point to each side in a drawn match.

Find the score in each match.

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Enigma 392: Nothing written right

From New Scientist #1542, 8th January 1987 [link]

In the following addition sum all the digits are wrong. But the same wrong digit stands for the same correct digit wherever it appears, and the same correct digit is always represented by the same wrong digit.

Find the correct addition sum.

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Puzzle 75: C is silent

From New Scientist #1126, 26th October 1978 [link]

The four tribes seem now, for better or worse, to be firmly established on the Island of Imperfection. They are the Pukkas, who always tell the truth; the Wotta-Woppas, who never tell the truth; the Shilla-Shallas, who make statements which are alternately true and false or false and true; and the Jokers, whose rules for truth-telling in making three statements are any rules that are different from those of any of the other three tribes.

In the story which I have to tell about ABC and D there is one member of each tribe. C, I am afraid, does not actually say anything. Can he just be fed-up? I don’t blame him. The other three speak as follows:

A: B is a Pukka;
B: C is a Shilla-Shalla;
D: A is a Pukka;
D: I am a Shilla-Shalla or a Wotta-Woppa;
D: B is a Joker.

Find the tribes to which ABC and D belong.

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