How are your math skills? A contest for GG
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This is not an original idea. GAMES magazine used to run a contest (annually?) pretty much exactly like this.
The difference being that the internet was not available when they held the contests, so you had to do some serious research at the library, or even contacting certain agencies to ask for answers.

These days, of course, if your Google-fu is strong, you could finish this off in less than a day. So I'm updating the challenge and, with it, the expectation of receiving many correct answers to this puzzle.

So, if you want to enter the contest, here's what to do:

1) If you wouldn't mind, thumb this post. It will keep it on the front page longer and more people will be able to see it and possibly enter. Or just try to solve it for fun.
If you'd rather not thumb it, no biggie. You can still enter.

2) The first thing to do will be to figure out what the (numerical) answer to each of the variables in the equation is. To do that, just check out each geeklist item below.

3) Once you have all of the variables figured out, plug them into this equation, and solve for "V":



NOTES:
You don't have to do any quadratic equations, or use any higher math functions (other than factorials & permutations, within one question, only-- Item 11,; variable letter "K").
I've used a large dot to represent a multiplication symbol, rather than an 'x'.
I have eliminated the letters I and O, which could be mistaken for 1 and 0.

Once you substitute the numbers into their appropriate locations, use the brackets and parentheses to solve the basic math parts in the correct order, and you'll be fine. Use a calculator or a spreadsheet if you want to.

4) Send me a geekmail with (just) your final answer: V = ?
I don't need to see the answers to the individual questions because if you did it correctly, your final answer will match mine.

I will close the contest on June 5th at 1 pm MDT, which gives you a week to work on it. Not that you'll need it.
Contest closed!

As I mentioned, I expect to receive the correct answer from pretty much everyone. So I will randomly determine the winner from those who geekmail it to me. There is no prize for being done first, but I'll mention names of early completers in the results item (below).

The prizes will be awarded as 10 to four contestants who send me the correct final answer. If any tips appear, I'll give them all to a fifth person, chosen randomly again (who hasn't already won).

Finally: Please do not post any clues or spoliers to any of the questions. I've disabled additions but not comments.
If you find a mistake wow then I'd like to know about it, though. I tried to make the questions as unambiguous as possible.

EDIT: There were some inconsistencies to some questions, pointed out by sharp users. So...
If you've already submitted a geekmail answer, you can still change it.
Just send me another geekmail with your revised answer.
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The correct answer

Spoiler (click to reveal)
V=42


Despite some comments that "no math skills were involved", 52% of the contestants submitted incorrect final answers.
I concede that this may be more a factor of having an incorrect value for one or more of the variables, however, than the math itself.

The correct letter values:

Spoiler (click to reveal)
A= 15..........B= 12
C= 38..........D= 20
E= 10...........F= 6
G= 16..........H= 3
J= 1896.......K= 3360
L= 8............M= 2
N= 166........P= 19
Q= 7...........R= 48
S= 13..........T= 14
U= 11


So I had promised four winners originally. When the tips got large, I added another winner for every 10 tipped.
That means there are seven winners of 10 plus an eighth receiving the remaining 6.26

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who was also actually the first person to submit a correct answer.
So, in honor of that, I'm bumping up the tip prize to an even 10 for him, as well.

Thanks to all who entered. thumbsup
To see a breakdown of the formula, with the values substituted & solved, go here: The formula
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So the formula can be broken down into four parts, which would be the numerator and the denominator on both sides of the "minus" sign.
Here, pictorally, are the parts. I started with the variables then showed where the numbers sub in. Then I show the math and the result of the calculation is the last thing shown.

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Finally, plug the four numbers from above into the (now) simple equation and you get:
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