“Darn good computer, this new one I just got. So you can have my old one”, said Grandpa to my sister.

I was impressed, but a bit cynical. “What’s the catch?”

Grandpa smiled. “Just guess the 4 letter password; unlock the computer and it is hers!”

I knew it. Another silly riddle.

“Tell you what. I will give you a clue”, said Grandpa.

“Are you sure one will do it?”

“Listen to this guy. OK 2 clues.”

Old Bob is ill. Add those words, like an alphametic, and you have your password!

“Fine. But it’s not a full alphametic, is it? Give me a second clue.”

“OK. The password is an Indian word.”

“Native American Indian or Hindi?”

“They both have it son”, said Grandpa, and he disappeared.

What is the password and how can one get it from that sentence?


There is a clue in the format of the puzzle itself


1 Answer 1


The hint nicely tells about:

DIGITAL FONT, as you can read from the first letter of each lines.

Applying that to the Old Bob is ill, we get this:

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Do you see what's special about this?

If you rotate it 180 degrees, you will see the numbers. :)

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And the password is:

OOLI DOLI, by rotating it 180 degrees!

  • $\begingroup$ VERY close. OOLI is NOT an Indian word, I do not think.@athin $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM Oh, I just barely googled that (OOLI) and found some Hindi words about that, but alright, how about this new answer? $\endgroup$
    – athin
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ That is it! The word means Bluebird in Navajo Indian speaks and a wedding chair in Hindi $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ Yep as an Indian I can confirm that fact. +1 to both question and answer. $\endgroup$
    – Dreopa
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Lakshay Sura rot13(Qbyv fnwnxr enxunan-- jung n fbat) $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 14:15

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