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CRpuzzles offers a computer tool to solve Word Math Puzzles that takes away the typical tryit, eraseit approach to the printed puzzles. Otherwise, a Word Math Puzzle offered here is exactly like that in print puzzle magazines: each number 09 in a simple arithmetic problem is substituted for (enciphered) by a different letter so that the primary numerical components of the arithmetic problem are enciphered to produce words. The letters that substitute for the numbers in 09 order form a Keyword of 10 different letters, where the Keyword is a single word, a set of related words, or a phrase. For example,
Cipher 0123456789 using Keyword FIRSTPLACE 789 ACE   6712 5298734 LAIR PRECAST 46984 TLECT division  becomes  problem 60033 Word Math LFFSS 53696 problem PSLEL   63374 LSSAT 60408 LFTFC   2966 RELL To solve for the letternumber pairs, mathematical logic is used. In the above, for instance, where PRECA  TLECT = LFFSS, the F must be a 0 or 9 (EE, CC = 0 if A > T, 9 if T >A). In the last subtraction, though, where LSSAT  LFTFC = RELL, the F can't be a 9 since the value of F must be less than the value of S. So, the first entry in the solution would be
Cipher 0123456789 F ACE  LAIR PRECAST TLECT  LFFSS 00 PSLEL  LSSAT LFTFC 0 0  RELL Word Math Puzzle analysis continues until the Keyword and the complete arithmetic problem are recovered. During the process, the solver may use linguistic skills to recover parts or all of the Keyword to aid in the solution. CRpuzzles' Word Math online solving tool allows for easy entry and, if necessary, change or retraction of the substitution pairs. To equate a number to a letter, the solver clicks on the box under any of the occurrences of the letter and enters the desired number; the program finds and makes all other substitutions for the letternumber pair, including in the 09 to Keyword recovery. The solver can also enter a letter in a Keyword box under a number and all the appropriate numberforletter substitutions will be made in the arithmetic problem. A letternumber pair can be changed by making a single change in the Keyword or in the numerical problem; similarly, a pair can be returned to unknown by entering a space for either the letter or number to be blanked. The CRpuzzles Word math tool signals successful solution by changing the colors of the characters on the Word Math Puzzle page. Solvers who prefer to work on a CRpuzzles Word Math Puzzle offline can print the online page and complete the puzzle at their leisure; to check the solution, solvers can click the Solution button on the online Word Math page.
