**Quote:**

There are 4 words and 3 codes written below. The codes are in a different order to the words and one code is missing.

MOLE LEAD MADE DEAL

4385 4675 7538

I have found a technique that works for us.

Start by writing out the codes on a piece of scrap paper leaving a gap between each line, so you can fill in the letters.

4 3 8 5

4 6 7 5

7 5 3 8

Look down each column for pairs.

Column one 4 4 7 compare with first letter of codes M L M D, so 4=M

Column two 3 6 5 no pairs, next 8 7 3 no pairs

Column four 5 5 8, E D E L so 5=E

(If you get 558 X Y X Y then 5=X or Y and you need to resolve!)

M____E

4 3 8 5

M____E

4 6 7 5

_E____

7 5 3 8

For lots of codes the answer would now fall into place, but not this one.

Looking at the codes 6 is unique so could be O. Which in this case unlocks 4675 as MOLE.

This gets a bit visual so hard to explain clearly. Contradicting myself and switching to looking at the letters!

Other clues that work are a letter that appears first and last, a pair of letters, double letters, a letter that appears often or once.

Overall I have the found the grid method has helped us as it gives a big visual clue. Focusing on the numbers(codes) removes the red herring of the word that has no code.

steve