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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:50 am 
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This is taken from a CGP GL paper and I think there’s a misprint.
Have misplaced the answers!

If the code for CHAP is XSZK, what is WVZU the code for ?

A) dead
B) deaf
C) deed
D) blue
E) blot

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Sleepyhead


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:12 am 
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I get DEAF - what did you get?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:15 am 
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Thanks for your reply

For the first letter X to C it’s +5

So I apply the same rule to the first letter W . Which gives me B

I’m clearly doing something wrong ? :oops:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:18 am 
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You need a backwards alphabet: (or alphabet written in one long line and then backwards underneath)

AZ
BY
CX
DW
EV
FU
GT
HS
IR
JQ
KP
LO
MN


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:20 am 
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Brilliant thank you. Would you recommend that DC has to learn these backward pairs so they become more recognisable?

Many thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:28 am 
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I don't think anyone learns the pairs just recognises that it might be a solution to the particular question.

I spotted this one as the third letter A in CHAP was matched up with Z in XSZK.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:38 am 
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thanks. We will just focus on practise and familiarity!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:23 pm 
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SleepyHead wrote:
Brilliant thank you. Would you recommend that DC has to learn these backward pairs so they become more recognisable?

Many thanks

Yes, my DS learnt them as 'mirror pairs' and had a mnemonic for each. Such as 'anger zone', blue yacht' etc. It just made them easy to remember and tripped off the tongue by the time he was ready to do the exam. Just make up your own memorable ones, it's good fun.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:59 pm 
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I think you are overthinking this particular example. Z appears in both codes which discounts three options. Of the two options left one has the same letter twice (dead) but the code has 4 unique letters therefore "deaf" is the only real option. Start with the obvious before breaking out the whole alphabet would be my advice.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:43 pm 
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BucksBornNBred wrote:
I think you are overthinking this particular example. Z appears in both codes which discounts three options. Of the two options left one has the same letter twice (dead) but the code has 4 unique letters therefore "deaf" is the only real option. Start with the obvious before breaking out the whole alphabet would be my advice.


Good advice, re excluding the impossible answers - actually thinking about it, that is how I would have done it when I did 11 plus.


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