Word Ways

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AEIOU(Y) Equations


Susan Thorpe


A survey of word Ways, from its inception in 1968 to the present day, would perhaps give the impression that its contributors have virtually exhausted the exercises centered on the vowels A,E, I, O, U (and Y). Somehow I doubted that. What I can't recall seeing (have I missed it?) is something so obvious that it could well have been overlooked. To me it is quite surprising, and so simple. If we assign A=1, B=2 through Z=26.