Speaking of prices, here's an interesting puzzler from Ron Guth about B. Max Mehl's pricing code.
This is perhaps a little off-the-wall, but has anyone ever cracked B. Max Mehl's cost code? I was playing around with the Waldo Newcomer inventory listing and found a calculation in code:
OSECY + UYCU = OTSCD
The codes represent the addition of two sections of the Newcomer inventory. OSECY represents Lots 1-130 and UYCU represents Lots 131-434. When I add up the actual numbers for these lots, I come up with $26,511.50 for Lots 1 to 130 and $29,784.15 for Lots 1 to 434. I played around with the code a little bit and came up with:
1 = Y
2 = O
3 = U
4 = D
5 = E
6 = S
7 = ??
8 = ??
9 = T
0 = C
This may not even be Mehl's code, but if anyone has any insight, I'd sure appreciate it. I'm dying of curiosity.
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