# A Riddle of Subtraction

You might have to use some creative thinking for this riddle.

Take out the 7 and you end up with an 8.

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 4

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 2

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 1.

What am I starting with? Four answers.

Hint

What letter can be inverted to get a number

• The last one definitely has 5?
– Amoz
Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 13:58
• Yes @Amoz. A bit trickey
– DrD
Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 14:03

Thinking along the same lines as Amoz but this time we use

L instead of G, as per the hint ('L' being an inverted '7')

Take out the 7 and you end up with an 8.

This would be LATE -> ATE

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 4.

FLOUR -> FOUR

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 2.

TOOL -> TOO

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 1.

ALONE -> A ONE

• @Amoz was on the right track. But now you have it.
– DrD
Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 13:35

Take out the 7 and you end up with an 8.

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with ATE

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 4

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with FORE

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 2

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with TOO

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 1

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with ONNE

Which are all homophones of the specified numbers!

• Great thinking. But the last one is a stretch.
– DrD
Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 14:09
• rot13(Vf YBATR n fgergpu? Be vf guvf jubyr nafjre bss genpx?)
– Amoz
Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 15:15
• Lbh ner ba evtug genpx nf sne nf guvaxvat bs n yrggre. Vf gurer nabgure???
– DrD
Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 15:49
• Jryy, fb sne nyy V unir vf NTBAR - T = "N BAR", ohg V nffhzr V arrq gb gnxr guvf n jubyr arj qverpgvba. Fgvyy guvaxvat....
– Amoz
Commented Nov 27, 2021 at 19:48