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I've given you the first word of a 4-word phrase. You'll find the whole phrase once you solve the puzzle below.


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The four-word phrase could be:

related pharaohs of Giza.

The crossed-out boxes and the magic squares.

The image of the boxes describes a bird's-eye view – as the hint tells us – of the pyramids at Giza. The pyramids are the tombs of Khufu, his son Khafre and his grandson Menkaure. We can remove the letters of each Pharaoh from the respective grid. The remaining letters spell pharaohs.

    P + +       + H O       S + +
    A + R       + + +       + + +
    H + +       + + A       + + +

The phrase:

The first word, related, was already given. The word found in the squares, pharaohs, is the next word and the (G) hints a the location of the pyramids: of Giza.

Credit:

My initial answer prposed the better-known phrase "curse of the pharaohs", but I was trying to see something that wasn't there. The OP Prim3numbah and samm82 were a bit embarassed by my ignorance and made helpful comments. In fact, they practically spelled out the answer for me. Thanks for that.

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  • $\begingroup$ Great! The first word actually refers to the word you see at the bottom of the puzzle - "related". You have the word after "related", so 2 out of 4 words. So you're almost done. You just have to make sense of "(G)". What can it possibly stand for? As for the title, look up how they're related, hopefuly you'll see how. $\endgroup$ Commented May 28, 2023 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(gur guerr cunenbuf ner eryngrq, V zrna.) $\endgroup$ Commented May 28, 2023 at 18:33
  • $\begingroup$ I think the title expands into rot13(Yvxr Sngure, yvxr Fba, yvxr TenaqFba), which ties into this theme. $\endgroup$
    – samm82
    Commented May 28, 2023 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ @samm82 Yes, exactly $\endgroup$ Commented May 28, 2023 at 18:35
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah. I think that held me up a little. Never mind. I liked the principal idea of the puzzle and the aha moment when I saw what the checkboxes meant. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented May 29, 2023 at 13:44

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