Remember our favorite cat burglar from last time? Yeah, they’re back. This time, they left this not-so-standard word search puzzle behind. I found this in the newspaper and wanted to share it with some Puzzlers to see if they would be interested in helping out the police.

u v l d t c q 3 b h j f x t n 
b o q a 7 y z r t e 4 i f i o 
d c u c u 8 b e n y a p p w y 
u i a p w e e g e s n j v h v 
c n t t i x m h y t d e e m u 
w o n k k q i g 2 v 3 v m e a 
u a i f a i i o l s v p d l j 
v d r h p d f p g a z c p q k 
a k z j m j z w t i g t c n e 
v o g t w l x b m k y s n m i 
v m u f c h z v w k k n d z e 
h y i q i v z d y x h x r n a 
j v c r j u e l f i w z i 5 e 
v l 9 f a m g e y t 4 r p 8 t 
t y d v a 4 s k m h o r 1 o f 

What’s the deal this time? This time, the police have upped the reward to $0.21, so there’s a greater incentive!

Hint 0:

Think about different types of letters.

Hint 1:

Again, not all letters are significant. Think of all the different characters in this word search!

Hint 2:

Hint 0 is referring to _ow___ and c_____a___. After that, think about the numbers.

Hint 3:

Think about numbers after the v_____ and co____an__. It's all about positioning!

I will post an answer on Oct 27 if nothing has happened.

  • $\begingroup$ $0.21? What an increase! $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2020 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ @TrojanByAccident -- It's all about the money! $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2020 at 18:48
  • $\begingroup$ To clarify, only the puzzle is important, and the rest is fluff, correct? $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2020 at 20:05
  • $\begingroup$ @TrojanByAccident -- Yep, exactly right! $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2020 at 20:08

1 Answer 1


The answer is...

land on my feet,

which is also

something cats are known for!

Here's how you get it:

Look at the grid and find the numbers: numbers highlighted


Look at the letters before the numbers: letters before numbers


The vowels and consonants refer to whether you look at the row the number is in or its column. There then become two possibilities for answers. possibility 1
possibility 2

The first option gives:


And the second one gives:


So, clearly, the answer is:

land on my feet.

I understand that the puzzle may have been very difficult without the hints, but that's sort of the point. It wasn't totally impossible! Also note that Hint 0 was given with the puzzle in the beginning and Hint 1 followed very shortly after.

  • $\begingroup$ There are many, many similar things that could be done - how were people expected to figure out what particular method you wanted without reading your mind? (For instance, you could swap the meaning of vowels and consonants, or use letters with ascenders versus letters without; you could look after the numbers instead of before; you could look n letters back for a number n, instead of just using the first letter back; you could use (x,y) coordinates instead of (row,col); you could use the numbers as offsets ("move this many letters") instead of coordinates...) $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Oct 30, 2020 at 18:57

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