# The Universal Language

Or should I say, a CoSmOs CrYPt?

This was found inscribed in a rock in the middle of the desert. Perhaps the ancients knew more about the sciences than we thought they did - after all, this puzzle uses a kind of 'universal language'.

It's not simply enough to fill the grid, you see. But one's absence may lead you to a solution.

Can you find the single word solution?

As CoSmOs CrYPt suggests, we are dealing with periodic table elements (what's more universal as a language than atoms?).

We can fill the grid with the english names of such elements (Paint was definitely a bad choice):

As we can see some elements are missing, the red ones, namely Phosphorus, Arsenic, Selenium, Rubidium, Yttrium.

Their symbols are P, As, Se, Rb, Y, which reveal the word Passer-by.

Is this a message left from a visiting alien civilization which was just a 'passer-by' in our world?

• Funny how they left a message in a language that was not yet developed, using words that did not exist. – Kami Apr 30 '15 at 13:12
• @Kami Or maybe they are exactly who created the language itself... zan-zan-ZAAAAN! – Narmer Apr 30 '15 at 13:15
• Illuminati confirmed – leoll2 Apr 30 '15 at 16:47