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Arithmetic

  • 47 + 28 = ?
  • 107 + 92 + 25 - 7 + 53 = ?
  • 6 + 1 + 53 = ?
  • 26 + 92 = ?
  • 16 + 92 + 53 = ?
  • 22 + 68 + 88 = ?
  • 23 + 85 + 52 + 7 = ?
  • 74 + 85 + 68 = ?

Reading

  • Ehad fo ocrn
  • Eredantl estfor malmam
  • Iekam isuoidolem isdnuos
  • Esp noitseq
  • Tovey brveick brveand
  • Low un weucht; soirge of ullimunatuon
  • Fivast playeva characteva fvaom Stvaeet Fighteva
  • Gedi duru

Writing

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Please answer the following question:

How will they describe this puzzle?

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    $\begingroup$ If I had to guess, they'd describe it as elementary. $\endgroup$
    – Area 51
    Apr 18 at 15:59

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They would describe it as

Elementary

Arithmetic

Interpreting the numbers as atomic numbers of chemical elements and using their abbreviations, giving names of classical elements in different languages.

47 + 28 = ?

Ag + Ni = AGNI (Javanese for fire)

107 + 92 + 25 - 7 + 53 = ?

Bh + U + Mn - N + I = BHUMI (Sanskrit for earth)

6 + 1 + 53 = ?

C + H + I = CHI (Japanese godai term for earth)

26 + 92 = ?

Fe + U = FEU (French for fire)

16 + 92 + 53 = ?

S + U + I = SUI (Japanese for water)

22 + 68 + 88 = ?

Ti + Er + Ra = TIERRA (Spanish for earth)

23 + 85 + 52 + 7 = ?

V + At + Te + N = VATTEN (Swedish for water)

74 + 85 + 68 = ?

W + At + Er = WATER (English for water)

Reading

These puzzles are decode-solve-encode giving names of classical elements in different languages.

Ehad fo ocrn

= HEAD OF CORN = EAR = AER (Irish for air)

Eredantl estfor malmam

= ANTLERED FOREST MAMMAL = DEER = ERDE (German for earth)

Iekam isuoidolem isdnuos

= MAKE MELODIOUS SOUNDS = SING = IGNIS (Latin for fire)

Esp noitseq

= POSE QUESTION = ASK = KA (Japanese godai term for fire)

Tovey brveick brveand

= TOY BRICK BRAND = LEGO = LEVEGO (Hungarian for air)

Low un weucht; soirge of ullimunatuon

= LOW IN WEIGHT; SOURCE OF ILLUMINATION = LIGHT = LUCHT (Dutch for air)

Fivast playeva characteva fvaom Stvaeet Fighteva

= FIRST PLAYER CHARACTER FROM STREET FIGHTER = RYU = VAYU (Hindi for air)

Gedi duru

JEDI GURU = YODA = VODA (Czech/Slovak/Finnish/Russian/Serbo-Croat/Slovene for water)

Writing

The different answers fit into the grid, with red spaces for words meaning FIRE, green spaces for words meaning EARTH, yellow spaces for words meaning AIR and blue space for words meaning WATER. Reading down the contiguous column then give ASK THE LOCAL GENTRY which resolves to "they will say it's ELEMENTARY" per the lyrics of the song "Love and Marriage" (thanks to Beastly Gerbil for this observation and the grid below).

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    $\begingroup$ I've added an image for you, and also you'll find the answer on the sixth line of this song :) no idea for the Gedi Duru line $\endgroup$ Apr 18 at 18:35
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    $\begingroup$ One of your guesses for Gedi duru is correct. Knowing that, you might be able to back solve the clue... $\endgroup$
    – cap
    Apr 18 at 23:52
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I think that I now have a complete solution (though I don't know how to update @BeastlyGerbil's excellent image). $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S
    Apr 19 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ Updated it now, good job! I'd only solved the maths bit and about half the reading when you posted, but I hadn't noticed that the answers were all elements! $\endgroup$ Apr 19 at 13:25
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielS nice job! Thank you for solving. $\endgroup$
    – cap
    Apr 19 at 15:43

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