Algebra -- A Universal Language

Bob Evans, a retired State Department employee and an x=why? reader, was traveling in the Middle East recently and flipping through a Jordanian newspaper. He could not understand the news of the day, but was drawn to one thing he could understand -- a math puzzle.

Evans said he never pursued mathematics much beyond high school but he has always liked a mathematical challenge. He sent us a photo of one puzzle he enjoyed. He has a trickier one in store for us on Friday.

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By Michael Alison Chandler  |  March 31, 2009; 11:19 AM ET
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1c = 3d
1s = 4d
2h = 11d

27 = 4d + 3d + 1d + 5.5d
27 = 13.5d
2 = d

d = 2
c = 6
s = 8
h = 11

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