Puzzle #167: 4 Rats in a Star

Yet another wonderful puzzle from the NSA collection. Please do have your children try this one!


Each instance of a letter stands for the same digit, no two letters represent the same digit, and R cannot be 0. Which digits do the four letters represent?

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Happy fitting 4 rats into a star!


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3 Responses to Puzzle #167: 4 Rats in a Star

  1. mashex says:

    The answer is 2178.
    We can see that S times 4 should be R, hence R is 1 or 2, or else it would end in a 5 digit number. Also R should be 2 as no multiple of 4 ends with 1. And we can say that S is either 3 or 8 because those have the 2 multiples that end in 2. 3×4=12 and 8×4=32.And as we have a number times 4 ending in 2, the only possible number is 8. So now we know the number is 2AT8, A has to be less than 5, so with a little bit of trial and error, we will get 2178.

  2. Answer: RATS is 2178

    RATS 8000 (Since ATS*4>2)
    So S=8

    AT*4+3=TA and R=2, S=8
    AT A is odd
    A = 1


    Check 2178*4=8712

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