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Literate Cryptarithmetic


Peter Newby


The hybridization of words and numbers finds its classic expression in cryptarithmetic . In my view, cryptarithmetic has two distinct forms, the cryptarithms of the codebreakers, and the witty constructions of the wordsmiths. Codebreakers (most notably the members of the internationally-respected American Cryptogram Association) produce algebraic puzzles with meaningless collections of letters which appeal to the mathematically inclined. The teasers produced by the wordsmiths are far more difficult to devise but usually much easier to solve. This article is concerned with the latter, which for want of a better term I call literary cryptarithms.