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?


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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):

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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?

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    $\begingroup$ Funny how they left a message in a language that was not yet developed, using words that did not exist. $\endgroup$
    – Kami
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ @Kami Or maybe they are exactly who created the language itself... zan-zan-ZAAAAN! $\endgroup$
    – Narmer
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 13:15
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    $\begingroup$ Illuminati confirmed $\endgroup$
    – leoll2
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 16:47

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