Hi there puzzling community, i wanted to say hello and have something good to share for my first post, but unfortunately i have bad news. My distant cousin, who was very rich, fell ill and died.

To our surprise he did not leave a testament. Instead, he left a big fortune inside a locked chamber in his house, with a password. The only thing we know is that the password has 9 letters. I remember it well having a big round table in which the whole family sat to eat tea and pastries, a sister of mine used the cam a lot to record those precious moments. He was also a big fan of Sherlock Holmes novels, so that is why i think he left this note on his funeral, like an unsolved mystery.

N is not true.

Knowing my cousin, he surely gave me the password to open the chamber, but i cannot figure it out.

Can you help me to figure it out? It would be legendary :)


PD: I am the author of this :)

  • $\begingroup$ Ill edit and give more information about it. Thanks :) $\endgroup$
    – fontastico
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ Edited the text. I think that giving away the number of letters of the password should make this clearer. Thanks for your advice :D $\endgroup$
    – fontastico
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 13:50
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Be warned that finding the password of your cousin's chamber doesn't give you any legal right on his inheritance. $\endgroup$
    – Florian F
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 15:24

1 Answer 1


A wild guess, but a plausible one.

The title speaks about the "S or N word".

If N is not true, N is not the right word. The right word is the "S word".

"S word" ... like "sword".

The round table suggests the cousin is also fan of the Knights of the Round Table.

These two pieces of information point to "Excalibur".


Cap noted there is a play of words with "cam a lot".

If you google, there is a book called "Sherlock Holmes and the Round Table Adventure". But it is not by Conan Doyle, so not sure it is related.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Nice. There is also rot13(pnz n ybg) $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ Good find! I was wondering about that detail in the story. $\endgroup$
    – Florian F
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 16:05
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Thats It! Im glad you took all the wordplay. Very nice job. $\endgroup$
    – fontastico
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 16:59
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ You do yourself an injustice by describing this as 'a wild guess' - you've spotted clues in the text and narrowed down the options based on information you've discovered in the puzzle. This answer is of a much higher quality than the usual ones that get posted on this site as self-described 'wild guesses'... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 22:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I qualified it a "wild guess" because there were too many story elements that I didn't use. I thought this is not the complete solution. It is only later that these elements appeared to confirm the story. But OK, it wasn't that "wild" after all. $\endgroup$
    – Florian F
    Commented Sep 3, 2022 at 3:51

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.