# Similar, but different

Try figure out the answer to this puzzle. The answer is 13 letters in total.

CELESTIAL BODY

How do we arrive at this? First interpret the rebuses at the top - these signify (from top to bottom):

NO OM
TEN ALP(S)
RATS

And if we make use of the backwards-pointing arrow to imply reversing these words, we get: MOON, PLANET and STAR...

Next turn your attention to the bottom image, resembling three circles of different sizes...

If we interpret these to be representing a moon, planet and star then (ordinarily) the smallest would represent the moon, the medium-sized one the planet, and the largest the star.

To read off the hidden key phrase we need to spell out specific words among the boxed letters and then read off the corresponding letters from just outside the boxes. But what words do we need to spell out...?

Well, among the letters we can spell out thematic words which are the traditional names of our own moon, planet and star (in Latin)! In other words: LUNA, TELLUS and SOL

If we trace these out within their respectively-sized circles of boxes, we spell out the letter sequences: CELE, STIALB and ODY, or - with spacing corrected - CELESTIAL BODY, which is what moons, planets and stars are (albeit - as per the title - whilst being very different from each other at the same time)!

• All good. Well done 👍 Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 20:33