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(Author Note) A while ago I made some puzzles for a now defunct puzzle hunt project, here's one of them. The answer to this (and most other puzzles of said hunt) is a single word. The puzzle itself is fully contained within the image above. Author notes don't matter.


What time is it?

Hint 2:

How could you obtain letters from hours?

Hint 3:

Those numbers are too regular soldier, switch them to the proper format!

Hint 4:

The clock isn't rightside up.

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    $\begingroup$ what kind of answer do u expect? $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Feb 18, 2022 at 4:49
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    $\begingroup$ The answer is a word, be sure to check the tags if you're unsure $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Feb 18, 2022 at 8:10
  • $\begingroup$ Which one is the hour hand? $\endgroup$
    – I'm Nobody
    Feb 28, 2022 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Vf gur pybpx gur evtug fvqr hc? V nfx, orpnhfr guvf cnegvphyne neenatrzrag bs unaqf frrzf vzcbffvoyr vs vg vf? ng rvtug zvahgrf cnfg guerr, gur ubhe unaq jbhyq abg or fznpx ba gur guerr naq ng dhnegre cnfg bar, gur ubhe unaq jbhyq or n ybg pybfre gb gur bar.) $\endgroup$
    – xyldke
    Feb 28, 2022 at 17:00
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    $\begingroup$ Added a hint for ya $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Feb 28, 2022 at 18:01

2 Answers 2


I believe the answer is


It is obtained by

Beginning with what MetaZen explained, collect all the letters in order traversing counter-clockwise. The E will be passed twice in this manner.

  • $\begingroup$ That makes sense with the "Let's go back thirteen hours." $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Feb 28, 2022 at 22:23
  • $\begingroup$ That is indeed correct, feel free to make your answer a tad more complete. You get the mark nonetheless, congrats to you and everyone else who gave a crack at this puzzle ! $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Feb 28, 2022 at 22:44
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    $\begingroup$ Awesome. I knew I was missing the 13 hours part, but had two of my letters out of order so I didn't see it. Nice work! $\endgroup$
    – MetaZen
    Feb 28, 2022 at 22:57

I believe the answer is


The time is:

4:30, because the hour hand is halfway between two points, meaning the minute hand would be on the 6, so that's our orientation.

Given that, the six relevant points are:

3, 4+1=5, 7+12=19 (convert for military), 8+12-4=16, 11-2=9, 12

These translate to

C, E, S, P, I, L

The only word that can be compiled from these that I can find is


  • $\begingroup$ You are missing a key element to find the true answer, be sure to look at everything in the image! $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Feb 28, 2022 at 19:21

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