Redrum is a Dutch pirate and when he set foot on an unhabited island he lost his treasure. Or as the Dutch call it his "Schat". Can you figure out what his treasure/"schat" is?

Pirate Redrum's Treasure

Hint 1:

There's a simply logic way to solve this

Hint 2:

Of course, pirate Redrum was not born with a pirate name. His parents Jacob & Sofia named their son Onno. After he set sail as a rookie Pirate, he poisoned Captain Greybeards' wine and killed him. Since then his fellow pirates called him Redrum.

Hint 3:

Some people might overthink this puzzle while they should focus on Onno.

Hint 4:

This puzzle type has so many different names...


1 Answer 1


Redrum's "Pirate Treasure" is:

his precious PARROT!

Because this puzzle is a disguised...

nonogram grid-deduction puzzle. To work this out, count up all the numbers of one colour in each of the two grids - in all cases, the numbers match (i.e. there are 13 reds, 2 oranges, 6 yellows, etc. in each). Moreover, there are 11 grey 'X's in each, and the highest sum for all numbers between two X's is 12 (see the bottom row of the lower grid). This suggests that it might be possible to arrange the grids to form a 12x12 nonogram using the 11 grey 'X's as dividers between row/column clue sets.

Let's do so like this:

Unsolved nonogram, no longer disguised

Here, I have used the top grid for the down clues and the bottom grid for the across clues, reading across the grid rows and using the X's as dividers, as suggested.

Is this uniquely solvable? Yes, it is! And if we do so using standard rules for this puzzle type (starting with the maxed-out 10th row and following the straightforward logic from there), we end up with the following solution:

Solved nonogram, revealing a colourful parrot

Redrum's pretty polly, sat upon a leafy branch in a tree! Note further that 'Schat' in Dutch, after all, means 'darling', something one might call one's pet rather than an inanimate treasure chest.

  • $\begingroup$ OH! I would have never guessed that. How'd you figure it out? I've been working on this for so long lol. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 14 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ ONNO! nONNOgram. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 14 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ But, simply logic? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 14 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ OMG! I've been reading hint 3 like this the whole time: Some people might overthink this puzzle when they focus on Onno. So, I've been not focusing on Onno! $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 14 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ @LoganSweeney Re how I figured it out, see the second spoiler in my write-up... I noticed a few facts about the numbers and colours, and the number of 'X's. and was able to deduce the puzzle type from that. Then I tried to rearrange the grids as per my first image and then just worked my way through it to see if it was solvable in that state - and it was! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Mar 14 at 12:31

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