A “ditloid” is a type of word puzzle in which a book or film title, quote or well known saying must be deduced from a set of numbers and letters in a clue. Normally short words such as “in”, “an”, “the” etc. are not abbreviated. An example might be  :

3= C in a F   [Three Coins in a Fountain.]

The name ditloid apparently originates from one of the first known examples of these puzzles namely:

1=DitLoID.

Which, of course, refers to “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisowich” – the 1962 novel by Aleksandr Solzheniskn.

This is the traditional method of presenting the puzzle, e.g. “11=F in a C “[11 Fathoms in a Chain] but nowadays many are presented as a mix of numbers and letter such as “AB a t 40 T” [Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves]. I prefer the first approach but both are acceptable.

Here are a few example sheets, but have fun making your own up.

1. Ruth McGilligan says:

Anyone know what c9cl is!!

2. Algy Anderson says:

3=v of c in s
4=b of c in a j
6=sb on the bs
4=f for a r in sj
4=p in a pt

Thanks

3. Peter says:

25 H in a D
8th SUS

4. Chris McKay says:

Any ideas for the following. Been stumped on a Xmas quiz for 2 weeks now. HELP!!!

3 = C on a QT
21 = P in a G
2 = S in a D

Thank you!

• Nick West says:

Im doing the same quiz and am stuck onthese also

• sam says:

deez nuts

• John says:

2 Singles in a Double?

5. Caroline says:

Hi
Anyone know what 6 H and 1 P on a C L is please.
Thanksa

• Caroline lyall says:

Also
4 TT. and 7 U

6. Simon Burrow says:

Any idea
2=2 e fd

7. Peter says:

I am totally baffled
5 s of s
5l L S F
8 V on a

8. Dawn Watterson says:

Please can anyone help with the following
500 is a M in C R S
3 I is the D of an I H P
96: H of B B in M
5 L S F
1896 M I the W
BO: P 44 of A
1280 R B I G

9. Angela Rice says:

Does anyone know 150 = m.o.i.p (7), (2), (5), (10)?

10. Buster says:

Answer 1 should be three sheets to the wind not two

11. Michael Taylor says:

I have been sent one

13 T in the CT.
Someone suggested 13 tales in the Canterbury Tales. I know this to be incorrect because there is 24 tales.

12. Sara says:

3 B G G
Anyone?

• Mousy says:

Billy Goats Gruff

13. Amy White says:

Please could you help with the following
2 NBO and T
21 K of the D
10 C in a E
5 MY in a PT

• Michael Taylor says:

21 key of the door.

14. David Taylor says:

I am stuck with these few 88-pk ,32-df at which w f , 8-s on a ss ,3-bm(shtr), 4-Q in a gū, 5-d in a zc.

• Michael Taylor says:

88 piano keys

• Michael Taylor says:

Not sure about 4q in a gu, but it might be 4 quarts in a gallon?

• Michael Taylor says:

8s on a ss
8 sides on a stop sign.

• Michael Taylor says:

5 digits in a zip code

• Michael Taylor says:

32 degrees Fahrenheit at which water freezes

15. Sarah says:

Any help with 9 m= t for sl to r e

• Michael Taylor says:

9 minutes equals time for sun light
To reach earth.

16. christine walsingham says:

ANY IDEAS ON THE FOLLOWIng please – 12345 OIC of FA, and 19 AN of P. Many thanks’

• Michael Taylor says:

12345 once I caught a fish alive.

• Michael Taylor says:

19 AN of P
19 atomic number of potassium.

17. Brian says:

4 G in the C B H

18. Brian says:

4 G in the C B H

• BrianClark says:

4 G in the CBH

19. Michael Taylor says:

I have bee struggling on the last question out of 65 and have until Friday to find a solution.
5DDLB
Any help appreciated thanks.

20. Val says:

I’m stuck with

9 E in the OE
54 S in a TU

• Big Dave says:

Just look at the answers Val

• Mike says:

Are you Bigdave44.com

21. katy says:

Really struggling with the last couple on my list:

3PTPOES
6 DW of the PL

thank you
Katy

22. Bob says:

I have some tough ones here I have been struggling with for days
1=MM is AMP
9=CBG
12 FF Of a D
1=HGALC
45=TS in T
5D of the R
2 RD on a YW
400+E to BM in M

Can anyone shed some light on these?

• Sally Bennett says:

1MM is AMP
one man’s meat is another man’s poison

• Sarah says:

12 flat faces of a dodecahedron

23. Julie Heys says:

Any one help with these
18 EPNO
45 LHFOC
8 SR
6 HIIOTTN
2 LLC1SA
5 LKWIS

24. Greg says:

I can’t figure this one out I need help
4 CNOFTB

25. Grandma Bee says:

Struggling to find Christmas related ditloid.- – 2 ICC—

26. Hannah Conway says:

22 e 2 f d

• Phil says:

22 equals two football dream teams

27. Hannah Conway says:

Hi, can anyone help me out, it’s driving me crazy

22 e 2 f d

• Michael says:

You’re not the only one. I asked the quiz setter if it was an error, it’s not but it is rather ambiguous.

28. Ed Allan says:

/Hi ditloid driving us bonkers 16 f—–/–/—/—–/n——-
Any ideas

29. Jennifer says:

This ditloid is driving me bonkers – please put me out of my misery!

38=wpk

• Allan Hewison says:

38 white piano keys

30. GARY says:

anyone help ??
7S IN A

• phil says:

7 states in Australia

31. Jeremy Cox says:

Anyone know 2 = FPN

32. Danny says:

Any idea for:
5 UK M at P

33. Cath says:

Can anyone help with ?MML (I think it’s 6MML)
It’s a clue for a geocache and it’s the last clue of six and even though I think it’s 6, I really want to know why. Can anyone help?

34. Verity says:

Hi struggling with a few complex ditloids.
5 CB in a BS
10=FSS in a P
0001 = 1 MPM
0 = FN of the FS
20 = S in a CO
20 = T in the PI
39 = I in a M
7 = Of M (GE)
5 = O in the W

• Verity says:

I’ve now got 5 Currant Buns in a Bakers Shop and 7 Oceans of the World but still struggling with
10 = FSS in a P
0001 = 1 MPM
7 = Of M (GE)
39 = I in a M
20 = T in the PI
20 = S in a CO
0 = FN of the FS

35. HT says:

Can anyone help with these two:

TWGT 11

SENCC 1701

• A.J. says:

SENCC 1701 Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701). The number of Kirk’s ship in the TV series Star Trek.

36. Ian McGhie says:

Hi, Looking for help with a couple of unusual ditloids.

a SS of L (a L) C of 20 D of 10 cowwhides

OHC C E “W” B F 487 DT of A
Pretty sure this one is about Hilary Clinton

• Ian McGhie says:

Got one,
a standardised shipment of leather (a last) consists of 20 dicker of 10 cowhides.

• Ian McGhie says:

Forgot to mention deadline for this quiz is Tuesday 1600, only other one I am stick at is
BBH 2359 is BOBH.

Fingers crossed you can help or I am struck by a flash of inspiration. 🙂

• Ian McGhie says:

Got them all now, will post the answer after the closing date.

• Michael says:

The answer was never posted so I thought I would jump in.
Bournemouth Beach Hut 2359 is Britain’s Oldest Beach Hut.

37. David Garland says:

Just these few to finish. Thanks in advance.
9=P in a RT
9=R of S on the AF
4=S of a C

• A.J. says:

9 = Players in a Rounders Team
9 = Row of Stars on the American Flag (horizontally: 11 rows vertically – both staggered)
4 = Sides on a Cube

• A.J. says:

or 4 = Seasons of a Calendar

• Jee says:

A.J. – a cube is a dice and the last time I looked there are 6 sides.

38. Anthony Glover says:

Help with these pleas:
4=B of C in a J
2=G in S
6=S on the AF
5=L in a L
1=E of a C
1440=TTT

• Roger Gardiner says:

4 bottled of champagne in a Jeraboam

• A.J. says:

4 = Bottles of Champagne in a Jeroboam
2 = G in S = Goalies in Soccer
6 = Stars on the Australian Flag
5 = Lines in a Limerick
1 = Edge of a Circle
1440 = Twelve x Twelve x Ten

39. Helen Cullwick says:

Any help with the following would be greatly appreciated.
62 = m of s
3 = e in a t
118 = e in the pt
12 = s on a d
7 = s in the p
78 = l of a tc in f

Many thanks

• A.J. says:

62 = Mass of Samarium (atomic weight)
3 = Edges in a Triangle
118 Elements in the Periodic Table
12 = Sides on a Dodecagon
7 = Stars in the Pleiades (“Seven Sisters” cluster)
78 = Length of a Tennis Court in Feet

• Helen Cullwick says:

Thank you. A couple of obvious ones there that I should have got.

• Helen Cullwick says:

Have another you can help with please?
4=s of a c

• A.J. says:

4 = Sides of a Cube

• A.J. says:

or 4 = Seasons of a Calendar

40. D Courtneys says:

3 = b in b b

41. Kathy says:

Thanks in anticipation

• A.J. says:

6 = Weapons in Clue(do) [Original version: Candlestick, Wrench, Rope, Lead Pipe, Knife, and Revolver. Later versions have nine weapons]

42. Sam says:

Can anyone help me with these two please:

4 b in a n
49 s

Thanks.

• A.J. says:

4 = Beats in a Note

Are you sure it is 49 = s, and not 49 = ss?

49 = Seven Squared

43. Jean says:

20 S in a P
2 P in a Q, 4 Q in a G
C of 9 T
The 3 M B, G, H and C
1 M T is A M T
1F, 2F, RF, BF

• A.J. says:

20 Smokes in a Pack
2 Pints in a Quart, 4 Quarts in a Gallon
Cat o’ 9 Tails
The Three Marx Brothers, Groucho, Hsrpo, and Chico
1 Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

• A.J. says:

1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Dr. Seuss)

44. A Bagworth says:

Any ideas on these?
8 Q in a S
14 P in a NM

Thanks

• A.J. says:

8 Quavers in a Semibreve

14 Players in a Netball Match (2 teams of 7 players each)

45. John Dorson says:

Grateful for anyone’s help with:

4 = mm (RB).

I just know I will kick myself…

• A.J. says:

4 = Minute Mile (Roger Bannister)
[First man to run a mile in under 4 minutes]

46. Tracey Johnson says:

AS IN TS9
1 HW
3W FROM A GL
3 RC
1H = 8S
4W AND A F
2 C 3 a c
AT OF 2 c

• Bobbie Pearson says:

Last one is A tale of two cities ?

• A.J. says:

A Stitch in Time Saves 9

• A.J. says:

3 = Ring Circus

• A.J. says:

2 Company 3 a Crowd

• A.J. says:

4 Weddings and a Funeral

• A.J. says:

3 Wishes from a Genie’s Lamp

• A.J. says:

1 – Hydrogen Weight (atomic weight of hydrogen)

• A.J. says:

1 Hundredweight = 8 Stone

47. Alex bridges says:

275 R O M W

18 C of A

48. Georgia says:

9 C in T W L (with A R)

Driving me insane!!

49. PLEE says:

Help

10=S in the LM

50. patricia lee says:

10 S in the LM

• Helen Ross says:

I’m usually pretty good at these but you got me stumped. I was totally blown away about two weeks ago when the category of Ditloids was on Jeopardy ! so, help me out on yours. maybe it’s just too early in the morning !!! this would be a really fun thing for an English teacher to do every day. Put it on the “blackboard”. great language skill to figure these out.

• Plee says:

Don’t know the answer it’s in a quiz I was doing only one I couldn’t answer

• Andy Brace says:

Only hing I can think of is something on the lines of 10 Stages in the London Marathon

51. Jill Higgison says:

Any idea what the following is
1 LPW to M
Thanks
Jill

• A.J. says:

1 = Little Piggy Went to Market

52. Ivor Gloworm says:

Hi I need help please, just cant get this one. 6 B C

• A.J. says:

6 Brandenburg Concertos {Bach]

53. Ian tee says:

Hi anybody know AJ is 90% W

thanks

• A.J. says:

A Jellyfish is 90% Water

AJ is 90% Wrong 🙂

One of the above

• A.J. says:

A Jellyfish is 90% Water

54. Tiffany B says:

Any idea what 13T in a BD stands for?

• A.J. says:

13 = Tarts in a Baker’s Dozen

55. Fred Bear says:

4 M in 60m is the SL on E n Cs
Q S 10 in S
32 P on a C R

• A.J. Fisher says:

“Q” Scores 10 in Scrabble

• A.J. says:

32 = Points on a Compass Rose

• A.J. says:

4 Miles in 60 Minutes is the Speed Limit on Elephant & Castles (E n C) [traffic junction in London redesigned from roundabout to two-way traffic in December 2015, notorious for long delays and slow speeds]

56. Isabel says:

Any ideas:
2 A N of H
T 9 T (DLS)
6 S on a S C
8 L in an O S P
12 C C in a S P
15 J B B (I F)
31 C O F
47 S on a H
60 M in a D
101 T on a S S

• A.J. says:

2 = Atomic Number of Helium

The 9 Tailors (Dorothy L Sayers book) (sequence of church bell rings announcing a death)

6 = Sides on a Solid Cube

8 = Lanes in an Olympic Swimming Pool

12 = Court Cards in a Standard Pack (of cards) [Kings, Queens, Jacks]

47 = Strings on a Harp

60 = Minutes in a Degree

• Keith says:

Did you ever get the answer for
31 c o f?

• A.J. says:

I think 31 = C O F may originally have been 31 = C O F (BR) and the parenthetical got dropped off somewhere along the way. If so, then 31 = Choice of Flavors (Baskin Robbins) is a reasonable solution. Similar to 31 = F of BRIC, which appears on some ditloid web sites.

If anything else comes to mind, I will post it.

• Keith says:

Also 101 t on a so

• A.J. says:

101 = T on a SS

The pernicious thing about ditloids is their vulnerability to transcription errors. One small change and we are all chasing a mirage (as an example, your question just above changed “SS” to “SO”). The other difficulty is the ditloid whose solution requires very specialized, arcane knowledge to solve – e.g., the number of manhole covers on Drury Lane. I suspect that this ditloid is one of these two kinds – it either began life as something simple, like “100 = Tiles in a Scrabble Set,” or the answer is very obscure.

Here is an answer that “works,” although it is not very satisfying:

101 = Thirty-seven on a Senary System (base 6)

• A.J. says:

15 James Bond Books (Ian Fleming)

57. Wendy says:

• A.J. Fisher says:

17 = Located between Three and Two on a Dartboard

58. Vanda ralph says:

0 = TM of G

• A.J. says:

0 = Time Meridian of Greenwich

59. Judith Marshall says:

I have a very complicated Ditloid puzzle. Stuck on the following :-
168 T S on a D ;
14 B in a H H ;
69 M from C to L
7 S N of S M
6 D in a G R
21 V of P
41 M J S

• A.J. Fisher says:

168 = Terrible Score on a Dartboard
14 = Buckets in a Hogs Head
69 = Miles from Cambridge to London (A1)
7 = Second Number in Seventeen Million

• A.J. says:

41 = Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (#41)

• A.J. says:

21 = Version of Pontoon (card game)

• A.J. Fisher says:

6 = Dogs in a Greyhound Race

60. Sarah Smith says:

4 J i A i D – any ideas?

• A.J. says:

4 July is American Independence Day

61. mark.watchorn@btinternet.com says:

ANY IDEAS FOR 29 AM OF C

• A.J. Fisher says:

29 = Atomic Mass (Number) of Copper

62. james Kerr says:

Sorry 888= st on t
N of P in the a
666 = SS.
Am stuck with these any help please….

• james Kerr says:

8 = n of P in the a

• A.J. says:

8 = Number of People in the Ark [Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives]

• A.J. says:

666 = Satanic Symbol

• A.J. Fisher says:

888 = SubTitles (page) on Teletex

63. james Kerr says:

888 = at on t
666 = SS
Anybody know these two am baffled.

• Vanda ralph says:

666 satanic sign maybe

64. Patti says:

25 = C. in T.B.
16 = F. F.
1000 = D.A. was Q

• A.J. says:

25 = Cents in Two Bits

16 = Four Fours

• A.J. says:

1000 = Days Anne (Boleyn) was Queen (Anne of a Thousand Days)

65. mark.watchorn@btinternet.com says:

CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT 29 AM OF C IS PLEASE…..

MW

• David says:

29 is Atomic Mass of Copper

66. KK says:

10 TB of the DNS

• A.J. says:

10 = The Base of the Digital Number System

• A.J. says:

Sorry, Decimal Numbering System.

67. graham long says:

20v on a d

• A.J. says:

20 = Vertices on a Dodecahedron

Anyone know what 12 p on a st

• A.J. says:

12 = Players on a Shinty Team

69. Mama boo says:

Help please what is 5 IR in a BOG?

• A.J. says:

I don’t believe this is the answer the poser of the ditloid intended, but if not, it is a coincidence most strange.
Call of Duty 4, the video game, contains Mission 5, the Bog. The main achievement to win the mission is to activate an InfraRed (IR) beacon. A twisted interpretation

[Call of Duty 4, Mission] 5 = [Activate] InfraRed [Beacon] in a Bog If this is the sought-after solution, the ditloid is horrid. Too few alpha characters and BOG should be B.

70. Isabelmckenna says:

What is 29028equalsH of W in F

• fred says:

Height of Everest in feet

71. Lynette says:

9 = O over the E

• Andy says:

9 = one over the eight

72. Harold says:

1 mp on the cf

• A.J. Fisher says:

1 = Maple Leaf on a Canadian Flag

Somewhere along the way, ML became MP, confused with MaPle.

73. Brian says:

2 = OEPM any idea’s please

• Honsky says:

2 the only even prime number

• Jack says:

2 only even prime number

74. Phil says:

Stuck with following: 16N and 3W for MS at the O//16SWB in a B// 10L and 2C on a L// 6 is the LPN, TN is 28//2H on a BC//12P and 20H on a SSF//The N is 4258ML//16=Thye N of HM to ZZG and ET//19S have a C on the O (5P and 14A)//1952=HH the SOG. Pretty hard going

• Peter says:

When you get the answers let me know

Doing the same quiz !

3 D, 10 2 G

(3 down , ten to go)

• Phil says:

Lucky you, I’m nil points still – perhaps you could share your three which will give me inspiration, and I shall return the favor.

• A.J. Fisher says:

6 = the Least Perfect Number, The Next is 28

• A.J. Fisher says:

19 States have a Coast on the Ocean (5 Pacific and 14 Atlantic)[Alaska and Hawaii count]

• A.J. Fisher says:

2 = Humps on a Bactrian Camel

• A.J. Fisher says:

The Nile is 4258 Miles Long

• A.J. says:

16= The Number of Husbands Married to Zsa Zsa Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor (9 + 7)

• A.J. says:

10 Legs and 2 Claws on a Lobster

• A.J. says:

16 Nominations and 3 Wins for Meryl Streep at the Oscars

[more nominations since the ditloid was first posed]

75. Julia says:

50 c in the c
240 y in a c

• Sheila says:

240 yards in a cubit?

• A.J. says:

240 = Yards in a Cable

76. Sarah says:

9 W a S in a TS

Any help??
Thanks

77. Pauline Dale says:

Wats 3= s to H

• alan says:

3 steps to heaven

78. Helen says:

Any help with 2 = P in a PT

79. Peter says:

what does H:A 47 mean and also Y S for 10

Thanks

• Andrew says:

80. Angus says:

@moyra 10994 = Deepest Part oo the Ocean in Metres

81. Irene Duncan says:

Hi, does anyone know what 9LD stands for or 11

F O A B thanks

• elaine cooper says:

• A.J. Fisher says:

11 = MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs)
44 = FOAB (Father Of All Bombs)

82. Richard King says:

Hi, can you give me some ideas for a quiz marathon round. I have used TV, and country capitals, but i need more ideas, especially sport questions as i am doing a sports quiz in November.

Thanks
Richard

83. Moyra cowie says:

Any idea what the following could mean
10994 DPotOiM

And