When the three meet there’s a Ghost.

When one departs and another gains weight God remains.

What elementary abbreviations do I speak of?

I am looking for an exact answer - no spare letters.

A hint which is not necessary to solve (the solution has been found):

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:13


3 Answers 3


The original three are

Oganesson (Og), Hydrogen (H), and Tennessine (Ts) to spell gHOsT.


Tennessine departs, and Hydrogen gains weight — adding a neutron to Hydrogen forms Deuterium (commonly abbreviated as D), then gOD remains.

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    $\begingroup$ @El-Guest God guessed! $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Aug 28, 2020 at 11:08
  • $\begingroup$ Love your hint! I had noticed that, actually — a very nice clue. $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Commented Aug 28, 2020 at 11:21

Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I have an answer that may work:

The elements are
1. Ca (Calcium) or Ac (Actinium)
2. Se (Selenium) or Es (Einsteinium)
3. Pr (Praseodymium)
They spell 'CASPER', who is a ghost from pop culture (link).

Ca/Ac departs, and the second element from above which you didn't use in the initial three (Se or Es) enters.
So now you have Se, Es, and Pr, which may be used to spell 'PERSES', the Titan god of destruction from Greek mythology (link).

  • $\begingroup$ It wasn't what i was looking for but that is very clever and creative. My solution is a lot more direct than that and I think it will be obvious that it is correct when it is found. But there is a twist that needs to be seen hence lateral-thinking tag. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 9:46
  • $\begingroup$ I've adjusted the clue again which doesn't rule out this answer entirely, but hopefully hints more strongly at what I am looking for. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 9:57
  • $\begingroup$ @David Is the essential idea of using chemical symbols correct? $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 10:29

The answer from Spiritual chemistry spell still applies here:

1. Ho (Holmium) 2. Gd (Gadolinium) 3. Ts (Tennessine) One departs (Ts), but 'God' is still there because of Ho and Gd.

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    $\begingroup$ What you have there is Ghostd and Ghod. The answer I am looking for is more exact than that. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Aug 24, 2020 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ that sounds impossible, because if the starting three just spell 'ghost' without any extra alphabets, there's no 'D' to spell 'God' for the remaining two when one leaves .. ? $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2020 at 8:52
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    $\begingroup$ Knowledge and lateral thinking are required. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Aug 24, 2020 at 9:01
  • $\begingroup$ But good try. I have had to update the question to make my wording more precise. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Aug 25, 2020 at 17:12

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