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1. The equation is a straightforward substitution encryption. Hint: To make the code easier to crack, write it out in this form:


Then, it’s a matter of finding the correct digits to substitute for the letters. This can be done through the brute force method of trial-and-error, but a more Googley way to solve it would be to write a computer program. See this MathWorld page for some suggestions. Hopefully you’ll end up with:


* As the question noted, the M and E are interchangeable. If you make M=3 and E=6, the answer would be 589483.

2. Since there are no right or wrong answers in poetry, we offer no suggestions beyond a reminder to follow the haiku syllable rule (5 – 7 – 5). But we are interested in your creations. Have a poem that you’d like to share? Email GLAT (at)

3. This is a deceptive puzzler. Hint: Try reading each digit aloud from left to right.

One One
Two One
One Two One One
One One One Two Two One

Still stumped? Here’s a second hint / spoiler:

One One
Two One
One Two, One One
One One, One Two, Two One

The Solution: Each line describes the numbers in the line above it. So the next line would read: 312211 aka Three Ones, Two Twos, One One.

4. Thou dost answer as thou please.

5. There are no shortage of opinions on this. The folks at MathWorld have an amusing take.

6. D. Or, if you can, E.

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