Games: Perplexity

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"I fail to understand," said the professor, "this business about getting children to eat vegetables - I mean it' s all a question of nutritional values. Just impress upon them that BEANS plus POTATO equals SPROUT, and there'll be no trouble."

If every letter in the professor's vegetables represents a different digit from 0 to 9, what is the value of SPROUT?

The first correct answer opened on 12 February will win a copy of the new Chambers 21st Century Dictionary. Answers to: Perplexity, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

18 February answers:

Chris Evans (crave shins); Kenny Dalglish (lanky shingled); Slobodan Milosevic (colossal mid-bovine).

Winner: Catherine Fearnhead.

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