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Old 05-30-2019, 03:43 PM
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What Is This Type Of Puzzle/Game Called? ("88 K on a P") or ("12 D of C")


That's pretty much it: is there a name for the type of puzzle/game described in the thread title?
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:57 PM
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I believe they are called 'letter equations'. If I remember correctly, the first one I saw appeared in Games Magazine a long time ago.
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:01 PM
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Wikipedia uses "ditloid" from the Daily Express and provides a history of what they have been called.
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:10 PM
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So, does anyone remember the one we drove ourselves crazy trying to figure out that we never did? Just asking...
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Wikipedia uses "ditloid" from the Daily Express and provides a history of what they have been called.
Holy crap! That Wiki page confirms what I remembered (and that happens with less frequency these days):

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Will Shortz originated the current form of this puzzle and first published it in the May–June 1981 issue of Games magazine, calling it the Equation Analysis Test.
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I believe the one that drove the Dope crazy was "14 K of G in a FPD"

Which was almost certainly a typo in whatever the heck the original source was, and was probably supposed to be "karats of gold" in something.
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I'd yell at you guys for bringing it up, but the thread title alone raised my blood pressure about thirty points. Somebody named their website after it: http://www.14kofginafpd.com/items.php?id=11

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I'd yell at you guys for bringing it up, but the thread title alone raised my blood pressure about thirty points. Somebody named their website after it: http://www.14kofginafpd.com/items.php?id=11
Heh. Sorry about your blood pressure, but that question I asked was in fact posed with malice aforethought. Ready for another 9 pager?
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I believe the one that drove the Dope crazy was "14 K of G in a FPD"

Which was almost certainly a typo in whatever the heck the original source was, and was probably supposed to be "karats of gold" in something.
There was no typo, nor was there a source beyond the OP. That was a highly effective practical joke, to put it nicely (and within the rules.)
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Gah! I hated that it ended with no resolution.
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