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Old 05-03-2020, 04:53 PM
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Trump + Pence = Con Men


Recent threads on picture algebra remind me that we haven't played word arithmetic lately:
Announcing the 2020 Word Arithmetic Contest. There will be a prize for the best submission.
Here's an example:

  TRUMP
+ PENCE
 ------
 CONMEN



Replace the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is valid. To be a valid puzzle, there must be a unique solution. I prefer that submissions use base-10, but it's OK to submit in another base if the words are particularly fitting. Perhaps this belongs in Game Room, but I want players to feel free to FUCK * TRUMP, or whatever. Submit anti-Biden puzzles if you wish, but I'm betting that none of the Haters, Liars and Racists here are smart enough to construct such word puzzles.
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Replace the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is valid.
So that example would be, uh, O=0, 1=C, 2=R, 3=P, 4=M, 5=E, 6=U, 7=T, 8=N; and, since that’d cover it, we’d be left with a nein on 9?
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Old 05-04-2020, 02:40 AM
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Good show, Mr. Pepper! I always thought you were too smart to be a Trump-licker.

Want to try your hand at multiplication?

     TRUMP
    × MAGA
 ---------
 GRAFTGAME
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:12 AM
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I think these subtractions work out very nicely:


  TRUMP
- PENCE
  -----
  SCREW




  PENCE
- TRUMP
  -----
  CREEP





Nobody wants to help out? It seems like fun!
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Does anyone else find the equations SCREW + PENCE = TRUMP or TRUMP + CREEP = PENCE to be remarkable? These equations — with the constraint that the mapping to digits be unique — are not easy to come up with. CREEP is among the very very few words that will fit into TRUMP + XXXX = PENCE, yet there it is! Normally I'm not superstitious, but some of these fit so perfectly it surprises. What about TRUMP × MAGA = GRAFTGAME ?

I was ready to pass off the awesome appropriateness of   Trump × Maga = Graft Game   and   Trump + Pence = Con Men   as just uncanny coincidences, but then I started looking for a word to turn Trump into Idiot. Such words were hard to find ... until I noticed that misspellings of Trump worked! This seemed awesomely appropriate: the oaf is semi-literate and had to write his own name in big gold letter to remember how it's spelled!


  TRUMP
+ TRUMR
  -----
  IDIOT




  TRUMP
+ TRUUP
  -----
  IDIOT





Note that these two addition problems — seemingly VERY similar — have completely different solutions. As always these are valid puzzles: In each case only a single mapping from letters to digits will work.
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Old 05-05-2020, 09:48 AM
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No, not impressed with PENCE - CREEP = TRUMP (86916-13668=73248). If you take away the creepiness from Pence, you are left with Trump? Doesn't make much sense, if your goal is to bash Trump. Or is that a reference to the "Creepy Joe Biden" nickname?

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I always thought that, even with no numbers used, that

TRUMP

is not even worth two

PENCE.
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Quote:
EMBALM = BIDEN + WARREN
BEWARE = BIDEN + WARREN
(Edited and put in quote for all-caps.)

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Yes!! We have a player! Both of Manlob's submissions appear to be valid.


NANCY + PELOSI = COOLLY is a nice sum. Among the other valid sums of Nancy+Pelosi are Cosily, Lassie, Sallies, Social.
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I need help here, folks! Are you going to make me hold off Manlob single-handed? I've got errands to run.

I'm afraid Manlob is in the lead with
BEWARE = BIDEN + WARREN
though I still think
TRUMP × MAGA = GRAFT GAME
is pretty good.

As a further point in its favor, BEWARE = BIDEN + WARREN reminds us to look for another V.P. running mate. Kamala?
WE SAID = BIDEN + HARRIS
BIDEN + HARRIS = AID USA
DO LIKE = BIDEN + KAMALA
BIDEN + KAMALA = LIKE ME
or best of all
BIDEN + KAMALA = INDEED
Also interesting is what we'll be left with if somebody really does drain the swamp:
DRAINS - SWAMP = TRUMP
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Faced with the challenge, I've improved my search methods considerably. Here are some more equations describing TRUMP + PENCE:

TRUMP + PENCE = MORONS
TRUMP + PENCE = BUNKUM
CANCEL = TRUMP + PENCE

It also seems the BIDEN + WARREN combination may be more fruitful than Mr. Manlob implies:

ANOINT = BIDEN + WARREN
BIDEN + WARREN = ALLIES
Other words adding up to this sum include PRAISE, APPEAL, BRAINS, ENDEAR.
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