# A mysterious importance

These words. They have a poetry to them, do they not? A mystical or religious significance? Perhaps they were born of the fundamental, ancient stuff of reality, from water or metal. Or maybe just something printed five times on an inspirational card.

Pity the world, or else this glutton be the Emperor Jack Southern. Ferice's twin, Stein's lighthouse, Higgs.

Why I am so sure that these words matter?

I redid the flavor text of the puzzle. For posterity, here is the old flavor text, but the new flavor text should be more helpful.

I found these words on a scrap of paper, tossed by the wind. To anyone else, they might've seemed to be a meaningless jumble. But I know that they hold a mystical significance, a weight of meaning. Why I am so sure that they matter?

I will give out hints approximately daily. Initial clues will be obscure, getting clearer as days go by.

Hint 1:

I didn't invent these words: I found them, every single one.

Hint 2:

The phrase talks about ten different things, with different parts of the phrase for each.

Hint 3:

Of the things in this phrase, while most are a single word, two are longer than a word, and two are shorter than a word.

Hint 4:

Each of the things in this phrase is a member of a group of a particular size.

Hint 5:

Each of the groups (and the things in them) is clued by the flavor text. There is a group relating to each of: poetry, mysticism, religion, the fundamental consituents of reality, ancient things, water, metal, the number five, and cards.

Hint 6:

Find the ten things in the phrase. Find the nine groups they belong to (one repeat). Find the sizes of those groups. Convert the sizes to letters.

Hint 7:

The ten things in the phrase can be found by subdividing the phrase into separate chunks. Every letter is in one of the chunks. There are no superfluous words or letters.

Hint 8:

Of the guesses in the comments, "Higgs" as in the Higgs boson is correct, as is "Pity the world, or else this glutton be" as in a line from Shakespeare's Sonnet 1. All other guesses are wrong: "Ferice" the town in Romania, "Stein" referencing Einstein, gluon, the lighthouse paradox, the twin paradox, "Emperor Jack" from a video game: None are correct. Nice tries, though, keep trying. I will confirm any correct guesses, either in comments or a partial answer.

Hint 9:

Pentagons

• Can you give a hint? Mar 14 at 16:16
• @LoganSweeney it is a little too early to be asking for hints - this puzzle was posted far less than 24 hours ago!
– PDT
Mar 14 at 17:06
• @LoganSweeney Not sure if you'd call this a hint, but I redid the flavor text -- I wasn't satisfied with the old flavor text. Mar 14 at 18:09
• Hm... didn't help... Mar 14 at 19:27
• some of my thoughts: rot13('uvttf' erzvaqf zr bs uvttf obfba, naq fgrva'f yvtugubhfr pbhyq or ersreevat gb rvafgrva'f yvtugubhfr cnenqbk. gur 'gjva' cneg pbhyq or ersreevat gb gur gjva cnenqbk, ohg v'z abg fher jub srevpr vf. 'tyhggba' vf gjb g'f vafvqr tyhba, juvpu vf nabgure ryrzragnel cnegvpyr. creuncf guvf 'znggref' orpnhfr vg vf nobhg ryrzragnel cnegvpyrf naq 'ubyqf jrvtug' orpnhfr gur uvttf obfba vf vaibyirq?) Mar 14 at 22:31

• @MOehm I think you're on the right track, but I don't have an explanation for what exactly the two cases of 's are doing. Mar 30 at 4:28