## Teaser 2982: Antique tea pot

**From The Sunday Times, 17th November 2019** [link]

My local antiques dealer marks each item with a coded price tag in which different digits represent different letters. This enables him to tell the whole number of pounds he paid for the item. I bought a tea pot from him tagged

MOE.Inside the tea pot was a scrap of paper which I used to work out his code. The letters

AMOUNT I SPENThad been rearranged to make the multiplication sum above.How much did he pay for the tea pot?

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## Jim Randell 5:18 pm

on15 November 2019 Permalink |The multiplication is straightforward to solve manually.

Programatically, we can solve this puzzle using the [[

`SubstitutedExpression()`

]] solver from theenigma.pylibrary.The following run file executes in 145ms.

Run:[ @repl.it ]Solution:MOE = 350, so the teapot cost £ 350.The corresponding digits for

AMOUNT I SPENTare 235961 7 84061.LikeLike

## GeoffR 3:03 pm

on16 November 2019 Permalink |LikeLike