What two relevant words are encoded in this game?

The stuff in the trays doesn't matter too much

No special knowledge or programming needed.


To solve the bottom, combine the top, tray, and theme in a logical manner. The bottom is the cipher, the top barely counts.

Battleship game

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    $\begingroup$ "Dad! I found that shed key we've been looking for since I was seven!" $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 19 at 17:02
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    $\begingroup$ To be honest, when I opened the box, there was a monopoly shoe in that precise location. I figured I better switch it out or people would assume the puzzle was about feet. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    May 19 at 17:07

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It's suspicious that all pins are at the very top. If we map the latin alphabet from left to right and top to bottom, the pins make an anagram of QWERTY. Key in the tray + board game theme further makes it clear that we have to do something with the qwerty keyboard layout


To decrypt a coordinate, take the row on a QWERTY keyboard which contains the given letter, and take the nth key (left to right) by the given number, starting from the first letter in that row

White: MISS

  • $\begingroup$ Great job! Although I think I just noticed you have E7 off by a letter, right? $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jun 6 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Amoz Ah, right. Fixed it :) $\endgroup$ Jun 6 at 15:33

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