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What's the name for word numerical puzzles such as "1 F O the C N" corresponding to One flew over the cuckoo's nest. and "1 N S" corresponding to One Night Stand? I have full faith in the enormous wisdom of those who inhabit Quizzyland.

Question #64620. Asked by kaushik_twin.

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McGruff
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McGruff
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They are called "ditloids."

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ditloid


A ditloid is a type of word puzzle, in which a phrase or quote must be deduced from the numbers and abbreviated letters in the clue. Common words such as 'the', 'in', 'a', 'an', 'of', 'to', etc. are not normally abbreviated. The name 'ditloid' was given by the Daily Express newspaper, originating from the clue: 1 DITLOID = 1 Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

Apr 14 2006, 12:33 AM
crisw
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crisw
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In the Brain Teasers section, we call 'em "number phrases."

Apr 14 2006, 12:42 AM
kaushik_twin
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kaushik_twin

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Yay to you both! I'd been breaking my head over the name for the past few days. Thanks!

Apr 14 2006, 12:47 AM
gmackematix
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gmackematix
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"Language Equations" is also a handy name to remember if you are looking these things up.

Apr 16 2006, 11:06 PM
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