Secret Code

This is really simple; even I could solve it! It is somewhat tedious though.

This is a message written in a secret code. Each number stands for a particular letter of the alphabet. The clue is a list of words with their numerical values. This means that the numercial equivalents of the letters add up to the number. As an example, FLIGHT = 82, which means the numerical equivalents of F, L, I, G, H, and T add up to 82. The numerical equivalents of three letters are given: E = 2, R = 20, and T = 12. You have to find the numerical equivalents of the remaining 23 letters and decipher the message.

Following is the list of words:

AGE = 18

ALPHA = 55

CONE = 48

DRUG = 78

EATER = 43

EUREKA = 73

FLIGHT = 82

GHEE = 37

HERTZ = 77

INVAR = 80

JOULE = 57

LIGHT = 61

MOON = 39

NOVA = 51

PUN = 65

QUARK = 77

TONGUE = 78

TURBINE = 109

TWO = 17

WORK = 41

XRAY = 42

YARD = 60

ZERO = 45.

This is the message that has to be decoded (The hyphens have been added just to distinguish between the numbers that make up a word):

7 18-6-7-3-3 11-4-10 18-1-7-3-3-4-1-2-23

18-4-6-2 17-4-13-25-18 7-25-23 1-7-18 12-7-16-2-25

12-4 7 24-4-18-14-13-12-7-3. 1-24-2-25

24-13-18 9-20-7-25-23-6-4-12-24-2-20 12-2-3-2-14-24-4-25-2-23

12-4 7-18-16 24-4-1 24-2 1-7-18, 7 25-26-20-18-2 18-7-13-23,

"25-4 17-24-7-25-9-2 10-2-12."






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