# Letters and numbers... Replace the question mark

Here's some letters and numbers. Find "?"

(S,V):3::(U,K):16::(T,F):5::(L,K):5::(M,W):1::(I,O,M):?

Hint1:

Its NOT A-Z=1-26 related

Hint2:

Three operations; +, -, ^

Ok, this is a minor give away,...

S=1 (Why do you think this is the case?)

It is:

Number of lines in each letter.
S=1, V=2. (1+2)^(2-1) = 3^1 = 3
U=1, K=3. (1+3)^(3-1) = 4^2 = 16
T=2, F=3. (2+3)^(3-2) = 5^1 = 5
L=2, K=3. (2+3)^(3-2) = 5^1 = 5
M=4, W=4. (4+4)^(4-4) = 8^0 = 1

and

I=1 O=1, M=4. (1+1+4)^(4-1-1) = 6^2 = 36
(Or something similar, it is not certain how to do it, since there is no example of 3 elements)

• This is correct :) 36 was the intended answer. Dec 12, 2019 at 13:40