Language Equations


Morgan Worthy originated the puzzle form now called "linguistic equations." The first ones were published in his 1975 book, Aha: A Puzzle Approach to Creative Thinking (Chicago: Nelson Hall) - It was out of print, but in 1999 it was reprinted in paperback form and is now available at Amazon.com and other bookstores.

The Daily Express have named this puzzle "Ditloids" from the equation 1 DITLOID = One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich (book, Alexander Solzhenitsyn).

Language Equations or Letter Equations are fun to do and they're great for making Quizzes for school or family days. I made a quiz that has an equation for every number from 1 to 100, so you might want to try that too. The 'equations' take the following form:

16 = M around J - answer - 16 Moons around Jupiter
Now you try and solve some of the equations from this ever growing list:


0 = SC in H =

1 = A is AFD =
1 = B in the HWT in the B =
1 = CA in M =
1 = DAAT =
1 = EOHFPPE =
1 = E on a C =
1 = F in the G =
1 = GL for M =
1 = GTDA =
1 = H on a U =
1 = KE(B) =
1 = KK on the ESB =
1 = MW to MWHD =
1 = SC in DP =
1 = SS =
1 = SS for a M =
1 = SUP is a B =
1 = T that OK =
1 = W on a U =
1 = W that PPPECK =
1 = if by L =
1 = the LN =
1 = FBOHZIAG =

2 = # it T to T =
2 = A-BP in a BM =
2 = BG =
2 = CA in E =
2 = CB as B as O =
2 = C in the T by CD =
2 = E of E =
2 = G and a S =
2 = G of V =
2 = H are BTO =
2 = H in a W =
2 = H of C =
2 = is C, T is a C =
2 = L in the HB =
2 = M for SS =
2 = N in a D =
2 = O in a DP =
2 = PJP =
2 = P in a B =
2 = P in a D =
2 = P in a P =
2 = P in a Q =
2 = Q in a H-D =
2 = SP in the N =
2 = SUP is an E =
2 = S of a C =
2 = S of a LT =
2 = S to ES =
2 = TD, AAPIAPT =
2 = T on TRFL =
2 = TT =
2 = T the PAR =
2 = W on a M =
2 = WDM a R =
2 = WS in C =
2 = YB the M =
2 = if by S =
2 = of each A on NA =
2 = GOAR =
2 = G for EB =

3 = BMSHTR! =
3 = B in a T =
3 = B in G =
3 = B in L of the R =
3 = B in the HE =
3 = B of the USG =
3 = CA in P =
3 = C in a F =
3 = D for J in the B of the W =
3 = D of the C =
3 = F in a Y =
3 = F of E =
3 = G in a HT =
3 = GNM =
3 = LF in an IBP =
3 = LKTLTM =
3 = LP =
3 = L on a T =
3 = MINPS =
3 = M and a B =
3 = ME =
3 = M in a L =
3 = M in a B (JKJ) =
3 = M in a TR a DD =
3 = OKCF =
3 = P for a FG in F =
3 = P in a BS =
3 = P in a HG =
3 = P into which AG was D =
3 = P of an I =
3 = R in a TRC =
3 = SLM and C =
3 = S and YO =
3 = S in a T =
3 = S make an O =
3 = S of CC =
3 = S on CFV =
3 = S on the B of an I =
3 = S to the W =
3 = SYO at the OBG =
3 = TAL =
3 = T(FS and HG) =
3 = WM at B =
3 = W in M =
3 = W on a T =
3 = Y and a COD =
3 = on a M =
3.6 Mj in a KwH =

4 = and TBB in a P =
4 = B in a W =
4 = CA in B =
4 = C in a Q =
4 = C in the FF =
4 = C in a HH =
4 = F on MR =
4 = GM in C =
4 = H of ND =
4 = H of the A =
4 = I in M =
4 = LCAL =
4 = LC that I'm LO =
4 = L in a DW =
4 = L on a LC =
4 = M in a S =
4 = M of the B =
4 = M with TD =
4 = P on MR =
4 = Q in a FG =
4 = Q in a G =
4 = S in M =
4 = S and SYA =
4 = S in a D of C =
4 = S in a P of C =
4 = S in a R =
4 = S in a S =
4 = S in a Y =
4 = S on a V =
4 = TFDREP =
4 = W and a F =
4 = W on a C =
4 = Y in an O =
4 = Y in one PT =
4 = HOTA =

5 = B in the T =
5 = CA in P =
5 = C in CA =
5 = D in Y =
5 = D in a ZC =
5 = EP = Easy Pieces
5 = FTE of B =
5 = F on a H =
5 = GLOM =
5 = MB in J and the B =
5 = OCIQT =
5 = P in a N =
5 = R on the OF =
5 = S in a P =
5 = S in the SC =
5 = S of the P =
5 = SM =
5 = T on a HF =
5 = V in the A =
5 = W in the A =
5 = W in a B = Weeks in a Balloon (movie)
5 = YM of the SE =

6 = BC =
6 = A of the A =
6 = CA in H =
6 = D of C =
6 = D of S =
6 = D of the C =
6 = D, 7N =
6 = F in a F =
6 = FU =
6 = F over T =
6 = HD of O for RC =
6 = ITBB (LC) =
6 = L on an I =
6 = P in a P =
6 = P on a PT =
6 = S in a H =
6 = S on a C =
6 = S on a D =
6 = TZ in the US =
6 = V in the EL =
6 = W of H the E =
6 = of O and a HD of the O =
6 = Z in a M =

7 = AM =
7 = P of W =
7 = A of M =
7 = B for SB =
7 = C in a R =
7 = C on the E =
7 = DS =
7 = D in SW =
7 = D in a TN =
7 = H of R =
7 = K of F in HP =
7 = LGS in the BS =
7 = P for B in S =
7 = P for a TD =
7 = P in a WPT =
7 = S of S the S =
7 = S on a FPP =
7 = V of S =
7 = W of the AW =
7 = WOTW =
7 = Y in a S =
7 = Y of BL for B a M =
7 FLARBM =

8 = A on an O =
8 = B in a B =
8 = D a W (B) =
8 = D of H =
8 = GA in 1Y for MJ =
8 = GT in a LBC =
8 = KH of E =
8 = L on a S =
8 = L on an O =
8 = P of S in the EL =
8 = POSITEL =
8 = S in a O =
8 = S on a SS =
8 = S of F H =
8 = SR =
8 = T on an O =

9 = CRM =
9 = C in a G of F =
9 = C of H in the DC =
9 = D in a ZC with the SC =
9 = GM =
9 = H on a H =
9 = I in a BG =
9 = J of the SC =
9 = J on the USSC =
9 = L of a C =
9 = L of F the C =
9 = M in a HGP =
9 = P in the SS =
9 = S by B =
9 = S in T-T-T =

10 = A in the B of R =
10 = CG to M =
10 = C of G =
10 = CR of a T =
10 = D in a R of Q =
10 = E in a D =
10 = F in B =
10 = LIG =
10 = PIAS =
10 = P in C =
10 = P of E =
10 = S in a CD =
10 = Y in a D =
10 = YW on a FV [H] =
10 = ITNOTP =

11 = F in a C =
11 = H and S in KFC =
11 = L a L (TD of C) =
11 = P on a CT =
11 = P on a FT =
11 = S in the C =

12 = AM =
12 = A at the LS =
12 = B on a T =
12 = C of AR =
12 = D of C =
12 = D of J =
12 = D of JC =
12 = E in a D =
12 = H to K =
12 = I in a F =
12 = J on a J = J
12 = L of H =
12 = M of a J =
12 = N on a C =
12 = P on a MC =
12 = S in a 300 G =
12 = S of the Z =
12 = T of I =

13 = C in a S =
13 = H by A =
13 = OC =
13 = P for the Q of S in H =
13 = P in a RLT =
13 = S on the AF =
13 = in a BD =
13 = W in a C =

14 = D in a F =
14 = L in a S =
14 = P in WWP =
14 = S of the C =

15 = M of F per P (AW) =
15 = M on a DMC =
15 = PWAVG =

16 = B on a PT (ICB) =
16 = D in a O =
16 = O in a P =
16 = O in a P =
16 = O of M =
16 = SLA =
16 = S and NBK =
16 = T and WDYG? =
16 = VV =

17 = PBN and SV =
17 = S in a H =

18 = H on a GC =
18 = I in a C =
18 = W on a TTT =
18 = WOAST =
18 = YOTV =
18.5 = ME from the WT =

19 = GS for the VP =

20 = C in a P =
20 = CIAPOM =
20 = FO in a P =
20 = MP in a HG =
20 = QA, V, or M =
20 = YS by RVW =
20 = YTRVWS =
20 = Y in a S =

21 = CB on a ST =
21 = GS =
21 = JS =
21 = K of the D =
21 = LDA =
21 = S on a D =
22 = B on a ST (IW) = 22 = C = Catch
23 = P on a GJ =
23 = POCIAH =
23 = P to BS =
24 = BB in a P =
24 = BB to a C =
24 = B in a C =
24 = B in the I (H) =
24 = CT(GC) =
24 = DP to the I for MI =
24 = H in a D =
24 = H of the R =
24 = L in the GA =
25 = P in a Q =
25 = S in a Q =
25 = Y of M for a SA =
26 = L of the A =
27 = A to the C =
27 = A to the USC =
27 = DWW by GG =
28 = D in F =
29 = D in F in a LY =
29 = P in a PCH =

30 = DHS =
30 = D has S, A, J & N =
30 = D in J =
30 = FB of CR =
30 = P of SG to J =
30 = S for FJ =
30 = S over T =

31 = D in O =
31 = F of BRIC =
31 = ICFABR =
32 = DF at which WF =
32 = T counting WT =
33 = CQ for the IFH =
36 = I on a YS =
36 = IIAY =
36 = N on a RW =
36 = RM =
37 = NBTDC =
38 = N on a RW =
39 = L in ML =

40 = D and N of the GF =
40 = D in L =
40 = G to AP =
40 = H in a WW =
40 = P in a F =
40 = P of T=
40 = R in a F =
40 = T with AB =
40 = W =
40 = Y in the D for I =
43 = B in EC of N =
40 - D and N of the GF =
45 = D in a O =
45 = RPM =
46 = C in a HC =
47 = PP in EE =
48 = C in a PD =
49 = RA in a R =

50 = C in a HD =
50 = R to T =
50 = S on the AF =
50 = S in the U =
50 = W to LYL =
50 = Y in a J =
52 = C in a D =
52 = W in a Y =
54 = C in a D with the J =
54 = S on a RC =
55 = D at P =
56 = SOTDOI =
57 = HV =

60 = GY =
60 = M in an H =
60 = S in an M =
60 = M in a NM =
61 = HRH by RM in OS =
64 = DOTTOH =
64 = S on a C =
64 = S on a CB =
64 = YOWIHYWSNM =
66 = B in the KJB =

70 = D of C =
70 = SL on a M =
75 = Y of M for the DA =
76 = TL the BP =
76 = T in TMM =
77 = SS =
78 = C in a TD =
79 = AN of G =

80 = C in a M =
80 = D to GA the W =
80 = S to J =
82 = YOWFSD =
87 = FS and SY =
88 = C in the S =
88 = PK =

90 = D in the S =
90 = D in a RA =
92 = AN of U =
92 = in the S =
95 = MLT =
96 = ETT =
97 = PW =
99 = B of B on the W =

100 = C in a D =
100 = AW (W the P) =
100 = K in a C =
100 = L on a C =
100 = P in a C =
100 = S in the S =
100 = USS =
100 = Y in an AFF =
100 = Y in a C =
100 = DCTBW =

101 = CCB =
101 = D in the DM =
101 = a SML =
102 = F in the ESB =
109 = JKPTB =

110 = F in the WTC =
110 = VACUSME =
110 = Y in a CFF =
108 = E on the PT =
112 = P in a BC =
116 = Y in the HYW =
120 = H in a CB =
125 = R of C =
144 = U in a G =
150 = P in the B =
150 = P for a YCT =
151 = P in the ROB =
176 = V in the LP =
180 = D to RD =

200 = D for PG in M =
200 = M in a C =
206 = B in the HB =
212 = D at which WB =
221 = BBSA of SH =
235 = I of U in the AB =
240 = VACUKME =
300 = B in the T of C =
364 = P from MTL =
365 = D in a Y =
366 = D in a LY =
432 = P in a H =
435 = M of the H of R =
435 = S in the H of R =
451 = DF at which BB =
500 = FC =
500 = M in the IFH =
500 = S in a R =
501 = L-SJ =
600 = C in the LB =
625 = L on a TVS =
666 = N of the B in the B of R =
707 = Y of C =
711 = OD =
714 = BN of SJF =
755 = HRH by HA =
800 = W in V = W
969 = Y that ML =

1000 = E has the N =
1000 = I in NY =
1000 = M in a K =
1000 = P of L =
1000 = SL by the F of H of T =
1000 = W that a P is W =
1000 = YIAM =
1001 = AN =
1001 = C a BBC =
1066 = B of H =
1189 = TC of R the L-H =
1314 = B of B =
1390 = CTW by GC =
1452 = B of LDV =
1431 = M of OB at the S =
1440 = M in a D =
1492 = CCD the A =
1543 = CS by NC =
1595 = WSWR and J =
1600 = PA the WH =
1607 = J, FC in A =
1648 = C of TM =
1692 = WT in S, M =
1756 = B of WAM =
1760 = Y in a M =
1776 = F of SF =
1805 = SFS =
1854 = FNS in the CW =
1863 = ALD the GA =
1865 = PALA by JWB =
1901 = FNPA =
1943 = FECB =
1945 = B of N and H =
1953 = EHCE =
1963 = PKA =
1969 = NA and EAW on the M =
1977 = EP, K of R, D =
1989 = TSP in B =
2000 = P in a T =
2001 = ASO =
2130 = LGCGR =
3000 = MC =
3600 = S in a H =
5000 = F of DT. =
5280 = F in a M =
20000 = Y in SS =
20000 = LU the S =
29029 = H of ME above SL =
43560 = SF in an A =
1000000 = T to the PS =

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(Source, rec.puzzles initially compiled by Bryn Gwyndaf Jones)
subsequent revisions by Hagar Hargarson
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