The End of the Desert Sauce


[map compass containing "19!"] 3336665555556669 84433 7777833255 777728822233
8666 77773333 944666 933 64444448 2233 +---+---+---+---+---+ +---+---+---+---+---+ | | 3 | 4 | 5 | 7 | | | 1 | 2 | | | +---+---+---+---+---+ +---+---+---+---+---+ Instructions: Name That Comedy Duo
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    $\begingroup$ This is not relevant to the puzzle but my mobile phone underlines long digit sequences (treating them as phone numbers), which could "threaten an accident". Is there any way around this? $\endgroup$
    – happystar
    Aug 11 at 2:30
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    $\begingroup$ @happystar rot13(Hfr n zhygvgnc syvc cubar) 😉 $\endgroup$
    – DanDan0101
    Aug 15 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ Hint13: gur rkpynvzngvba cbvag zrnaf fbzrguvat fcrpvsvp va zngu $\endgroup$
    – Tyler
    Aug 17 at 14:27

3 Answers 3


I'm quite sure we are looking for a british couple. Why? let's start:

Some answers were already given:

19! = 121645100408832000

Let's countinue with the latter:

18 digits.. could we somehow interpret that as a coordinate?
Maybe if we split that up to 2x9 and add two decimal points?
121645100 -> 12.1645100
408832000 -> 40.8832000

leads us to somewhere in ethiopia, afar region. At least we found a desert. Horray :) google_maps

But hey, there's a A1 nearby. And since that is a quite popular brand for steak sauce, let us follow that sauce.. eh, road.

We end up in Addis Ababa. Luckily we have to fill a 2x5 grid:

+---+---+---+---+---+ +---+---+---+---+---+
|   | 3 | 4 | 5 | 7 | |   | 1 | 2 |   |   |
+---+---+---+---+---+ +---+---+---+---+---+
  a   d   d   i   s     a   b   a   b   a

With that we get "baddi_s". Might "baddies" fit?

Baddies... Somehow (beeing a german with a strong addiction to british humor) that reminded me at a sketch of two guys, asking themselfs "are we the baddies here?"

So I'm left with a last question - does my assumption fit?

It does. =)

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Therefore, I'll go with

Mitchell and Webb

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    $\begingroup$ ROT13(Lbh unir n crefvfgrag glcb va Nqqvf Nonon. Pbeerpgvat gung jvyy svk lbhe "orqqvrf") $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Aug 24 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ @fljx: ROT13(Gunaxf sbe cbvagvat bhg! Gur "glcb" vf whfg gur glcvpny trezna sbez - ohg V fubhyq unir fher fghpx jvgu gur ratyvfu bar.) $\endgroup$
    – toybaer
    Aug 24 at 10:42

Very much a partial solution here with some bits of info I have deduced.

19! means

19 factorial, or 19 * 18 * 17 * ... * 3 * 2 * 1, or 1.216451e+17.

The rows of sequences of digits represent

the use of a multi-tap text entry system to spell out "FOLLOW THE STEAK SAUCE TO SEE WHO WE MIGHT BE".

Now Google tells me that in the US,

"steak sauce" is a thing in its own right (in the UK I was thinking peppercorn, or bearnaise, or mustard.... as types of sauces you would have on steak). And apparently there are three main brands: Lea & Perrins, A1, and Heinz 57.

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    $\begingroup$ I'll add to this some of the things I've tried as well: rot13(V'z cerggl fher gung gur fgrnx fnhpr ersreraprf gur frpbaq bs gur znva bcgvbaf, naq gung pyhrf n N1M26 pvcure. Gur bayl cynpr V gevrq gb hfr vg jnf gur ahzore va gur pbzcnff - f sbe fbhgu, ohg gura gung jbhyq becuna gur snpgbevny ... V nyfb gevrq ybbxvat ng anzrf bs inevbhf qrfregf naq qvqa'g ernyyl trg naljurer. Terng Onfva zngpurf gur gjb svir-pryy obkrf ba gur evtug, ohg ntnva, abg fher jurer gb tb.) $\endgroup$
    – Matt
    Aug 18 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ Hint13: gung snpgbevny ahzore arrqf gb or npphengr gb gur barf cynpr. gur envfrq rkcbarag jba'g jbex. $\endgroup$
    – Tyler
    Aug 23 at 20:35

Partial solution : I think that the name of the comedy duo is

Laurel and Hardy

This is because the title of Riddle is desert sauce Also they make a movie with title: the sons of Desert 1. the number 19 may be can indicate the centenaury of this comic duo work 2. the map compass may could be a massonic symbol also is correlate with this comedy duo

  • $\begingroup$ Any other evidence? I could say that the name of the comedy duo is obviously Columbus since he was the one who NAVIGATED to the West and the compass indicates NAVIGATION. $\endgroup$ Aug 23 at 19:40
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    $\begingroup$ Your answer doesn't fit the template ( .....E....D....) $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Aug 23 at 20:02

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