Send more money. But, how much?

Apr 24, 2005

RAY: This puzzler came to us from a guy named Bob Wilson. Here it is:

A boy goes off to college and after the first semester he's run out of money.

In fact, he's so broke he doesn't have enough money to call home, or to even send a letter. However, he manages to find a postcard with a stamp already on it.

He sends the following message, "Send. More money."

Here's how the message reads: from left to right, "s-e-n-d." Directly below those four letters, is the word "more."

To the left of "more" is a plus sign.

There is a line underneath those two words, and under that is the word "money", with the "m" under the plus sign, and the "y" under the "d" and "e" in "send" and "more."

You with me?

TOM: I've got it-- and I can see a follow-up puzzler for next week. He gets a postcard back, reading, "Drop. Dead."

RAY: The question is, how much money do they send him? Believe it or not, there's only one solution.
Send + More = Money.... which equals $10,652. Confounded? Here's how Ray solved it.

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