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A math puzzle in which letters or symbols stand for digits—its solution requires a knowledge of the basic properties of numbers and some guess and check—which can serve as an ideal pastime for prisoners to keep themselves sane.
If the letters in a cryptarithm form sensible words or phrases, the puzzle is known as an alphametic.

Solve these alphametics.
(a) EVIL = LIVE × 9.
(b) FOUR + FIVE = NINE.
Answers: (a) 1089 × 9 (b) 1970 + 1462 or 2980 + 2173.
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by MathPlus November 29, 2016
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