Balancing chemical equations: CuSCN & KIO3

Chemistry Level 2

\[ \ce{ a \, CuSCN + b \, KlO_3 + c \, HCl -> d \, CuSO_4 + e \, KCl + f \, HCN + g \, ICl + h \, H_2 O } \]

Balance the chemical equation above, where \(a\) to \(h\) are positive integers. What is the smallest value of \(a+b+c+d+e+f+g+h\)?

Hint: You may want to use simultaneous linear equations if you are stuck.

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