A friend of mine is an artist, and painted this for me. She told me that "there's more than meets the eye," whatever that could mean. I suppose it makes for a nice painting, though.

A fox leaping over a dog

What am I?


I posted this on PSE because it was just two cryptic for me to solve.

Hint 2:

The clue Hexomino deciphered is not a red herring. It's a necessary part of the puzzle.

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    $\begingroup$ rot13 Lbh'er gur nycunorg ;) $\endgroup$ May 23 at 13:51
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    $\begingroup$ rot13 - Ybbxf yvxr n cnatenz gb zr.. ;-) $\endgroup$
    – toybaer
    May 23 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ rot13 - Vf vg fnsr gb nffhzr gung gur frpbaq uvqqra grkg gung pna or eryriryrq jvgu fbzr vzntr znavchyngvba ("Gur dhvpx oebja sbk"...) vf whfg na negvsnpg bs ubj lbh cebqhprq gur vzntr? $\endgroup$
    – DBS
    May 24 at 9:09
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    $\begingroup$ @DBS Hexomino has discovered all that is needed to finish the puzzle. $\endgroup$ May 24 at 12:04

1 Answer 1


Partial answer

First Step

Write out the pangram associated to the picture.

Second step

Remove any letter that appears for a second time or more.

Third step

Associate each letter in the above sequence to the corresponding letter of the alphabet that appears in that position to create a substitution cipher, so $$T \rightarrow A, H \rightarrow B, E \rightarrow C, Q \rightarrow D,\ldots $$

Fourth step

Use this cipher to decrypt the faded text in the image
Htsbe slhsvbvlvbxf, ixp hucbffups? Itv ektfeu
Basic substitution, for beginners? Fat chance

At this point, given the message, I may have hit a red herring but it might start others in the right direction.
My guess is that

We must decrypt the same text but using a different cipher.

  • $\begingroup$ I guess Rot13(Znl or gurl ner gjb frcnengr pyhrf. 1. Onfvp fhofgvghgvba sbe ortvaaref? 2. Sng punapr.) $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    May 23 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Techidiot yes, you are probably right given the hint. Although I'm not sure on the answer to either currently $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    May 24 at 8:05
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    $\begingroup$ The hint makes me think rot13(gung vg'f n pelcgvp pebffjbeq glcr pyhr. Gur BC unf znqr chmmyrf srnghevat gurz orsber.) $\endgroup$
    – JGibbers
    May 24 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ interesting. By the way, rot13(gur cnatenz vf rira vapyhqrq nf grkg va gur vzntr vs lbh hc gur pbagenfg. ) $\endgroup$ May 24 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ Haha, I am a complete beginner and got the same answer without your hints. Found the same red herring :-) $\endgroup$
    – Ute
    May 24 at 20:48

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