Sunday Times Teaser 2587 – Hobson’s Choice
by Adrian Somerfield
Published: 22 April 2012 (link)
A B C D
E F G H
I J K L
M N O P
In the diagram the letters represent the numbers 1 to 16 in some order. They form a magic square, where the sum of each row, each column and each main diagonal is the same. The letters of the word “CHOICE” and some others (including all the letters not used in the magic square) have a value equal to their position in the alphabet (C=3, H=8 etc).
What is the value of H+O+B+S+O+N?