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:


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. Wendy says:

    Did you ever get the answer for 17=LbTaToaD

  2. Vanda ralph says:

    0 = TM of G

  3. 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

  4. Sarah Smith says:

    4 J i A i D – any ideas?

  5. mark.watchorn@btinternet.com says:


  6. james Kerr says:

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

  7. james Kerr says:

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

  8. Patti says:

    25 = C. in T.B.
    16 = F. F.
    1000 = D.A. was Q
    Anyone know the answers

  9. mark.watchorn@btinternet.com says:



  10. KK says:

    Please help!

    10 TB of the DNS

  11. graham long says:

    20v on a d

  12. Michael Bradfield says:

    Anyone know what 12 p on a st

  13. Mama boo says:

    Help please what is 5 IR in a BOG?

  14. Isabelmckenna says:

    What is 29028equalsH of W in F

  15. Lynette says:

    9 = O over the E

  16. Harold says:

    1 mp on the cf

  17. Brian says:

    2 = OEPM any idea’s please

  18. 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

  19. Julia says:

    50 c in the c
    240 y in a c

  20. Sarah says:

    9 W a S in a TS

    Any help??

  21. Pauline Dale says:

    Wats 3= s to H

  22. Helen says:

    Any help with 2 = P in a PT

  23. Peter says:

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


  24. Angus says:

    @moyra 10994 = Deepest Part oo the Ocean in Metres

    @irene 9 = Ladies Dancing

  25. Irene Duncan says:

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

    F O A B thanks

  26. 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.


  27. Moyra cowie says:

    Any idea what the following could mean
    10994 DPotOiM


    17 LbTaToaD

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