Words that Equal $1
Date: 09/02/97 at 23:31:10 From: Brad Jashinsky Subject: Words that equal $1 Each letter of the alphabet is given a value: a = 1 cent, z = 26 cents. Find words that equal exactly $1. Excellent and discipline are examples. I have tried to come up with a logical way to find words, but have only been able to use trial and error with the dictionary. Please give me a clue, as there must be an easier way. Thanks, Brad Jashinsky
Date: 09/03/97 at 19:08:49 From: Doctor Barney Subject: Re: Words that equal $1 Concentrate on the vowels. Write the vowels on a piece of paper with their "price" next to them. Then make word forms with common vowel combinations, for example: _i_e, _ai_, _oo_, _oa_, _ee_, ... that sort of thing. Think of a word with that pattern and add it up; then try to substitute consonents later or earlier in the alphabet to increase or decrease the total as needed. You could also try other common letter groupings, like qu__, ____ing, ____tion, con___, att___, __eigh__, or dipthongs like ph, sh, spl, fr, and common roots like hyp__, geo___, phys__, phil___, etc. Add all these up and see if that helps upi make some combinations that add up to $1. Another totally different approach would be to pick some letters more or less at random which already add up to $1, and then see if you can make some words with them, kind of like the puzzles where the letters are scrambled, except in this case there would be no guarantee that you could make any word with those letters. Make sure you pick some vowels, and if you pick a q pick a u to go with it, that sort of thing. Have fun! -Doctor Barney, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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