## 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.

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.

3 B G G

Anyone?

Billy Goats Gruff

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

21 key of the door.

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.

88 piano keys

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

8s on a ss

8 sides on a stop sign.

5 digits in a zip code

32 degrees Fahrenheit at which water freezes

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

9 minutes equals time for sun light

To reach earth.

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

12345 once I caught a fish alive.

19 AN of P

19 atomic number of potassium.

4 G in the C B H

4 G in the C B H

4 G in the CBH

I have bee struggling on the last question out of 65 and have until Friday to find a solution.

5DDLB

Any help appreciated thanks.

I’m stuck with

9 E in the OE

54 S in a TU

Just look at the answers Val

Are you Bigdave44.com

Really struggling with the last couple on my list:

3PTPOES

6 DW of the PL

thank you

Katy

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?

1MM is AMP

one man’s meat is another man’s poison

12 flat faces of a dodecahedron

Any one help with these

18 EPNO

45 LHFOC

8 SR

6 HIIOTTN

2 LLC1SA

5 LKWIS

I can’t figure this one out I need help

4 CNOFTB

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

Can anyone help please. Xx

Please help, I’m truly struggling with this one

22 e 2 f d

22 equals two football dream teams

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

22 e 2 f d

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

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

Any ideas

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

38=wpk

38 white piano keys

anyone help ??

7S IN A

7 states in Australia

Anyone know 2 = FPN

Any idea for:

5 UK M at P

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?

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

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

Can anyone help with these two:

TWGT 11

SENCC 1701

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

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

Thanks in advance

Got one,

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

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. 🙂

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

The answer was never posted so I thought I would jump in.

Bournemouth Beach Hut 2359 is Britain’s Oldest Beach Hut.

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

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

or 4 = Seasons of a Calendar

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

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

4 bottled of champagne in a Jeraboam

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

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

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

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

Have another you can help with please?

4=s of a c

4 = Sides of a Cube

or 4 = Seasons of a Calendar

3 = b in b b

Please help can anyone solve 6= W in C

Thanks in anticipation

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

Can anyone help me with these two please:

4 b in a n

49 s

Thanks.

4 = Beats in a Note

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

49 = Seven Squared

Please help racking my brains and completely stuck

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

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

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

Any ideas on these?

8 Q in a S

14 P in a NM

Thanks

8 Quavers in a Semibreve

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

Grateful for anyone’s help with:

4 = mm (RB).

I just know I will kick myself…

4 = Minute Mile (Roger Bannister)

[First man to run a mile in under 4 minutes]

Can anyone please help ?

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

Last one is A tale of two cities ?

A Stitch in Time Saves 9

3 = Ring Circus

2 Company 3 a Crowd

4 Weddings and a Funeral

3 Wishes from a Genie’s Lamp

1 – Hydrogen Weight (atomic weight of hydrogen)

1 Hundredweight = 8 Stone

275 R O M W

18 C of A

Please help!!

9 C in T W L (with A R)

Driving me insane!!

Help

10=S in the LM

10 S in the LM

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.

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

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

Any idea what the following is

1 LPW to M

Thanks

Jill

1 = Little Piggy Went to Market

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

6 Brandenburg Concertos {Bach]

Hi anybody know AJ is 90% W

thanks

A Jellyfish is 90% Water

AJ is 90% Wrong 🙂

One of the above

A Jellyfish is 90% Water

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