Magazine article Word Ways

Phone Messages

Magazine article Word Ways

Phone Messages

Article excerpt

The rotary telephone dial provides a one-to-three correspondence between the integers 2 through 9 inclusive and twenty-four of the letters of the English alphabet:

2 [right arrow] A, B, C

3 [right arrow] D, E, F

4 [right arrow] G, H, I

5 [right arrow] J, K, L

6 [right arrow] M, N, O

7 [right arrow] P, R, S

8 [right arrow] T, U, V

9 [right arrow] W, X, Y .

With this in mind, the addition example 6477 + 683338 + 35337 + 3278 + 3766 + 8447 + 8469 + 25225 = 774337

can be decoded to read MISS + MUFFET + FLEES + FAST+ FROM + THIS+TINY + BLACK = SPIDER.

Eight other examples follow, each aptly titled to provide a hint for the hidden phone message contained therein. How many can you decipher?

1. CONFUCIUS SAY 663 + 4843 + 625 + 4769 + 688 + 3766 + 6659 + 663 = 22676

2. SEVEN YEAR SENTENCE 255 + 223 + 5825 + 629 + 365569 + 843 + 663 + 946 + 288 + 272257 + 269 = 647767

3. INDIVISIBLE 2 + 77463 + 66. + 8447 + 3637 + 668 + 4283 + 269 + 68437 + 322867 + 288 + 663 + 263 = 487353

4. NEW TWIST TO AN OLD TWISTER 9436 + 653 + 7383 + 7297 + 46 + 7425 + 2 + 7325 + 63 + 7377377, + 8436 + 43 + 47 = 7425533

5. HEAVENLY POETRY 43 + 86329 + 93 + 5669 + 22688 + 728876'7 + 74647, + 255 + 842657 + 86 + 3456 + 8428 + 2 + 77223 + 7447 + 274647 = 8692437

6. ANNUAL CONFRONTATION 843 + 896 + 2378 + 83267 + 63 + 843 + 4263, + 663 + 3766 + 3224 + 244 + 532483, + 438 + 86 + 6338 + 46 + 843 + 96753 = 737437

7. EVICTION NOTICE 843 + 287733 + 27753 + 63 + 26 + 277 + 927 + 843 + 22873 + 367 + 687 + 4663 + 5673 + 86 + 67337 + 2326 + 263 + 383 + 3766 + 447 = 427336

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