"Howdy, howdy! Thanks for painting my kitchen for me."

"No problem Pat. The offer of a free vacation is definitely a sweetener. Where were you going to send me?"

"It's a great tour! You visit the city which has all of the haunts of my favourite fictional character."

"And who might that be?"

"OH! Did I mention my perfect color? The manufacturer is Dulux; my favourite HGTV star guided me to it. Let me send it to you by text."


"Wow, that's a pretty broad swath of different colours. Which one did you have in mind?"

"White, of course. We were talking about where you're going!"

"Pat...is this a puzzle?"


Pat got me again. Now I'm painting a kitchen, AND I have no idea where I'm going. Can you help me figure this mess out?


Use the information given in the puzzle to identify the exact colours Pat sent. Or is that colors?

Google will be your friend in this puzzle. There exist websites, one of which might be obliquely referenced, which can help you identify the manufacturer's name for a colour based on its computer representation.

The first colour is "Frankly Scarlet", but maybe you don't give a damn.

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    $\begingroup$ @oAlt That difference is 100% intentional. $\endgroup$ Jan 1 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ The rgb values of your pixel and the colour you stated in the hint don’t match $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Jan 4 at 5:07
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I've been trying to look up these colors with the hex codes in the image and I haven't had any luck. The site clued in the text of the puzzle doesn't seem to give any results, and other sites I've tried match it to Racy Red (Dulux 64RR) instead. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Jan 4 at 6:05
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    $\begingroup$ Very well-made and satisfying puzzle $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Jan 5 at 1:46
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, I was so close. I also found all the color names. The second hint was helpful too and looking back I should have spotted that immediately. $\endgroup$
    – oAlt
    Jan 5 at 9:12

1 Answer 1


First extract the rgb for each color.

How I did it:

I intially tried going through myperfectcolor.com directly, but that was proving too tedious. Then using https://www.easyrgb.com/en/match.php#inputFORM with the collection filter on Dulux, look up each color.
I double checked each color in myperfectcolor.com to make sure the hex codes match.
If I still couldn't find a color, I googled the hex code with site:myperfectcolor.com and was able to fill in some more.
This got me the paint color associated with each row/hex.

All together:

A23F59 - Frankly Scarlet
D9807A - Rouge Red
D65328 - Orange Bowl? (D65427)
0273A8 - Blazing Blue? (0073A9)
A6C2B3 - Beryl Green
BB7219 - California Copper
DBE1E1 - Silver Streak E9CC62 - Pacific Yellow
533739 - Black Russian
F1CF75 - Golden Bell? (F0CF75)
AAA9C0 - Wild Wisteria
8E3D49 - Afghan Red
The items with ? weren't exact matches.

Now taking the last unused hint from the question.

All of these refer to Sherlock Holmes stories - which also happens to be his favourite HGTV star (this is the part that finally made it click)!
Frankly Scarlet - A Study in Scarlet
Rouge Red - The Red-Headed League
Orange Bowl - The Five Orange Pips
Regatta Bay - The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Beryl Green - The Advensture of the Beryl Coronet
California Copper - The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
Silver Streak - The Adventure of Silver Blaze
Pacific Yellow - The Adventure of Yellow Face
Black Russian - The Adventure of Black Peter
Golden Bell - The Adventure of Golden Pince-Nez
Wild Wisteria - The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
Afghan Red - The Adventure of the Red Circle

Obviously, we're going on vacation to:

London, where all of these stories take place. And has all the haunts of his favourite fictional character (Sherlock Holmes)

  • $\begingroup$ So my apologies that you had so much trouble identifying the colours. I found (and checked several times) that if searching Google with "site:myperfectcolor.com dulux #xxyyzz", I got the intended answer each time. And the hex colours actually appear as text in the appopriate pages. But anyway, you got there, and the further analysis is 100% correct! $\endgroup$ Jan 4 at 20:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah that was much easier once I figured that out! I think my problem is I started searching google with rgb (r, g, b) instead of the hex and those turned up nothing! Completely reasonable solve once I started using google primarily! $\endgroup$
    – JGibbers
    Jan 4 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ I don't get the HGTV part. $\endgroup$
    – oAlt
    Jan 5 at 9:17
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    $\begingroup$ @oAlt Check out rot13(Ubyzrf ba Ubzrf). It wasn't meant to be too crucial, just indicative. $\endgroup$ Jan 5 at 12:14

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