I’ve lost a phrase in here, can you find it?

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”

The Raven by E. A. Poe

Hint 1


Hint 2

Word Scramble

Please say how many hints you used.

  • $\begingroup$ The hint specifically says "word scramble" which is misguiding... word scramble usually means one word. $\endgroup$
    – user80078
    Jun 3, 2022 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ @smlee, I used word scramble because the phrase was scrambled. There’s no Phrase Scramble/Words Scramble tags. $\endgroup$
    – user80007
    Jun 4, 2022 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ no worries, thanks for clarifying. $\endgroup$
    – user80078
    Jun 4, 2022 at 16:28

2 Answers 2


Full Disclosure: I violated the NO-COMPUTERS tag

Hint 1:

Italicized letters oeeavinsrthn

Hint 2:

I used the Internet Anagram Server and get a heck of lot of results. The most interesting and fitting is: HE'S INTO RAVEN but I'd really need some sort of hint in the body of the question to have any degree of certainty.

  • $\begingroup$ The no computer tag was more so that you couldn’t look up an answer. My original answer I put in was rot13(GUVF BAR ENIRA), but your answer is funnier and therefore better. $\endgroup$
    – user80007
    Jun 3, 2022 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking of that one as well, but there were so many possible options. $\endgroup$ Jun 3, 2022 at 17:32

After using Hint 1...

We take every italicized letter to get OEEAVINSRTHN.

After using Hint 2...

We realize that this is a word scramble, and so the answer must be enervations or venerations. I know my words don't include all the letters, but those are the longest possible words with the letters given. It could also be some other phrase... It's hard to narrow it down to one since there are so many possibilities...

  • $\begingroup$ I think you're missing a few letters. $\endgroup$ Jun 3, 2022 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore I don't see any more letters which are italicized. Which ones do you see? $\endgroup$
    – user80078
    Jun 3, 2022 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ Go into Edit Mode, and look at the markup. $\endgroup$ Jun 3, 2022 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore fixed my solution. $\endgroup$
    – user80078
    Jun 3, 2022 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ You're missing the H in your anagram. $\endgroup$ Jun 3, 2022 at 16:08

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