The grid below contains the first part of a movie quote.

What is the full 46-word quote, and what is the movie?

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Hint #1:

The movie was very mainstream and was released in the last 10 years.

Hint #2

The first 4 words of the quote can be figured out from the grid, and then Google is your friend.

Hint #3:

There are 385 hints in the grid itself.

Hint #4:

I would consider this the perfect movie quote.

Hint #5:

The ten letters needed for the first 4 words of the quote are organized in a certain pattern.

  • $\begingroup$ "Contains" as in a word search puzzle? $\endgroup$
    – lynn
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Mauris not in the traditional sense $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ are the words in straight lines? do you form them by traversing adjacent tiles? diagonal? are we even looking for words? lol $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 3:23
  • $\begingroup$ The letters that form the 4 words are placed in order on special tiles. Once you find those four words, you have solved 99% of the puzzle, as long as you have a search engine. $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 3:30

1 Answer 1


The four words are :

Then I saw it

The pattern is :

Take the first letter which is T. Then the subsequent letters are present at a gap of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 letters. Which is also at each perfect square (1, 4, 9, 16...)

The complete quote is :

Then I saw it. I saw a Mom who would die for her son; a man who would kill for his wife; a boy, angry and alone, laid out in front of him the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle, round and round. So I changed it.

From the movie :


  • $\begingroup$ Actually, the letters are at perfect squares: 1, 4, 9, 16, etc. It just so happens that the gaps between perfect squares form an increasing sequence. $\endgroup$
    – JS1
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 10:15
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. The letters are placed at perfect squares. $\endgroup$
    – rvd
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 10:33
  • $\begingroup$ I had originally seen this exact pattern (starting with "THENIS"), but failed to count properly and ended up with nonsense so I gave up. Haha $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ +1 Nice job! I guess the hints didn't help you. It seems like you just figured out the pattern, since the gaps are increasing? Wow, impressive. I was hinting at squares, since there are 385 squares in a 10x10 grid. Also, I used the word perfect to describe the quote, hinting at perfect squares. $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Ian Stick with it next time! $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 14:00

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