I've come across a strange brain teaser on one of those sheets with things like:

(man overboard) (man overboard)

So here's the puzzle:

0 - 20

10 - 3

14 - 29

96 - 72


I've been trying to do some math on this, but it might also be a more literal answer. Unsure if the hyphens are subtraction or something else - again, it might not even be math related. Any ideas?

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    $\begingroup$ Is the display exactly like this in the original problem? $\endgroup$ Mar 8, 2019 at 20:29
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it was a bit more centered than how it shows up here, but it was in that order, stacked on top of each other, no lines separating the rows or anything like that. $\endgroup$
    – Kelvin
    Mar 8, 2019 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ Possibly useful? rot13((frr "FZIGV orngf HZN") $\endgroup$ Mar 8, 2019 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ That's such a common basketball score and that specific game isn't noteworthy. $\endgroup$
    – Nick Vitha
    Mar 20, 2019 at 3:22

1 Answer 1


Maybe it is a phrase like

"no difference in the end"
"no difference at the end"


the difference between two numbers is figured out by subtraction.


the last expression is not subtraction, so there's "no difference at the end."

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! Could you elaborate why you believe this to be the answer? $\endgroup$
    – Brandon_J
    Mar 23, 2019 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ The minus sign indicates a difference calculation. There is no difference in the end line. “no difference in the end” is a common english phrase. $\endgroup$
    – bea1224
    Mar 25, 2019 at 5:43

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