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Apples and Oranges

They say you cannot add apples and oranges. However, when you subtract one fruit from another you get an interesting result, as shown in the puzzle below. Each letter represents a different digit from 0 to 8. The digit 9 does not appear anywhere. Can you break the code?

  O R A N G E
- A P P L E
  M E L O N

(Source: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Jan-Mar 1995)

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