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No matter how far I've roamed, I've never found anything quite as perplexing as this puzzle. Perhaps you can help me find the missing numeral in the last line.

EXIT + LAX = 71
BROCCOLI + MASSIVE = 1255
SCANDAL + CLIENT = 601
DELIGHT + EMULSIVE = 1605
ADVISE + NAVY = 511
SIX + CANDLE = 459
DECEIT + DECEIVE = 1205
MEDIA + ALIVE = ?

Suggestions for improvement welcome

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  • $\begingroup$ Could the first line be correctly written as "EXIT + LAX = 701"? $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jan 29 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Brandon_J Nope, EXIT + LAX = 71 and no other number. $\endgroup$ – Morgan G Jan 29 at 2:44
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The missing step is to

Remove extra letters so that the words can be read as Roman numerals.

The equations are

EXIT + LAX = XI + LX = 11 + 60 = 71
BROCCOLI + MASSIVE = CCLI + MIV = 251 + 1004 = 1255
SCANDAL + CLIENT = CDL + CLI = 450 + 151 = 601
DELIGHT + EMULSIVE = DLI + MLIV = 551 + 1054 = 1605
ADVISE + NAVY = DVI + V = 506 + 5 = 511
SIX + CANDLE = IX + CDL = 9 + 450 = 459
DECEIT + DECEIVE = DCI + DCIV = 601 + 604 = 1205

So the answer is

MEDIA + ALIVE = MDI + LIV = 1501 + 54 = 1555

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  • $\begingroup$ Good one! These Roman numeral puzzles seem kind of popular these days. $\endgroup$ – Krad Cigol Jan 29 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ that's it, and yes you found an error! $\endgroup$ – Morgan G Jan 29 at 15:50

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