Word Sum Puzzle
A Word Sum Puzzle (also known as WSP) is a word game that requires simple mathematical operations, and vocabulary skills to be solved. The solution is always a single word that contains four or more letters.
A WSP has a clue and two or more hints, where the clue is a meaning for the solution (a single word) and each hint gives the sum of the numbers assigned to the first two, four, etc. letters of the solution. In an English WSP, the numbers assigned to the letters are as the same of their orders in English alphabet:
A, a = 1 B, b = 2 C, c = 3 D, d = 4 … Z, z = 26
A curved part of a path:
_ _ (7)
_ _ _ _ (25)
The first line of the puzzle presents a clue; in this puzzle, "A curved part of a path" is the puzzle’s clue. The other lines of the puzzle are its hints. This puzzle has two hints:
FIRST HINT _ _ (7)
This hint indicates that the first two letters of the answer make a sum of 7. Hence, the first two letters can be: A & F (or F & A), B & E, C & D or D & C
SECOND HINT _ _ _ _ (25)
This hint indicates that the first four letters of the answer make a sum of 25. But based on the first hint, it is already known that the first two letters made a 7, therefore the third and fourth letters make a sum of 18. So they can be: A& Q, B & P, C & O, D & N, E & M, … I & I
To solve the puzzle, the player should find which two pairs of letters obtained from these hints can make a word that means “A curved part of a path”.
A & F + A & Q – (NO) A & F + B & P – (NO) … B & E + D & N (YES) The solution for this example is "bend".
1. G.R. Worder, Word Sum Puzzles, 2010