## Ditloids

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

*[Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves]. I prefer the first approach but both are acceptable.*

**“AB a t 40 T”**Here are a few example sheets, but have fun making your own up.

Any idea what 13T in a BD stands for?

13 = Tarts in a Baker’s Dozen

Help please

4 M in 60m is the SL on E n Cs

Q S 10 in S

32 P on a C R

“Q” Scores 10 in Scrabble

32 = Points on a Compass Rose

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]

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

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

Did you ever get the answer for

31 c o f?

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.

Also 101 t on a so

Any help you can offer would be appreciated,

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)

15 James Bond Books (Ian Fleming)

Did you ever get the answer for 17=LbTaToaD

17 = Located between Three and Two on a Dartboard

0 = TM of G

0 = Time Meridian of Greenwich

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

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

41 = Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (#41)

21 = Version of Pontoon (card game)

6 = Dogs in a Greyhound Race

4 J i A i D – any ideas?

4 July is American Independence Day

ANY IDEAS FOR 29 AM OF C

29 = Atomic Mass (Number) of Copper

Sorry 888= st on t

N of P in the a

666 = SS.

Am stuck with these any help please….

8 = n of P in the a

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

666 = Satanic Symbol

888 = SubTitles (page) on Teletex

888 = at on t

666 = SS

Anybody know these two am baffled.

666 satanic sign maybe

25 = C. in T.B.

16 = F. F.

1000 = D.A. was Q

Anyone know the answers

25 = Cents in Two Bits

16 = Four Fours

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

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

MW

29 is Atomic Mass of Copper

Please help!

10 TB of the DNS

10 = The Base of the Digital Number System

Sorry, Decimal Numbering System.

20v on a d

20 = Vertices on a Dodecahedron

Anyone know what 12 p on a st

12 = Players on a Shinty Team

Help please what is 5 IR in a BOG?

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.

What is 29028equalsH of W in F

Height of Everest in feet

9 = O over the E

9 = one over the eight

1 mp on the cf

1 = Maple Leaf on a Canadian Flag

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

2 = OEPM any idea’s please

2 the only even prime number

2 only even prime number

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

When you get the answers let me know

Doing the same quiz !

3 D, 10 2 G

(3 down , ten to go)

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

6 = the Least Perfect Number, The Next is 28

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

2 = Humps on a Bactrian Camel

The Nile is 4258 Miles Long

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

10 Legs and 2 Claws on a Lobster

16 Nominations and 3 Wins for Meryl Streep at the Oscars

[more nominations since the ditloid was first posed]

50 c in the c

240 y in a c

240 yards in a cubit?

240 = Yards in a Cable

9 W a S in a TS

Any help??

Thanks

Wats 3= s to H

3 steps to heaven

Any help with 2 = P in a PT

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

Thanks

Your starter for 10

@moyra 10994 = Deepest Part oo the Ocean in Metres

@irene 9 = Ladies Dancing

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

F O A B thanks

9 ladies dancing

11 = MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs)

44 = FOAB (Father Of All Bombs)

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

Any idea what the following could mean

10994 DPotOiM

And

17 LbTaToaD

10994 = Deepest Part of the Ocean in Meters

17 = Location between Three and Two on a Dartboard