Sunday Times Teaser 3068 – Valued Playwrights
by Victor Bryant
Published Sunday July 11 2021 (link)
I have given each letter of the alphabet a different whole-number value from 1 to 26. For example, P=4, L=8, A=3 and Y=24. With my numbers I can work out the value of any word by adding up the values of its letters, for example the word PLAY has a value of 39.
It turns out that the playwrights:
BECKETT, FRAYN, PIRANDELLO, RATTIGAN, SHAKESPEARE and SHAW
all have the same prime value.
Also COWARD, PINERO and STOPPARD have prime values.
What are these three prime numbers?