What two-word phrase might describe the route for a sensation coming all the way from the Egyptian cross?

It can also be written as XY where Y is what allows you to do something that sounds like X. (To avoid ambiguity: X and Y denote strings of letters which when put together form the phrase you seek.)

  • $\begingroup$ @JLee I suggest concentrating on the first paragraph and using the second only to check that you have the right solution. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 27 '15 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ I'm guessing "Egyptian cross" is ankh. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Jun 27 '15 at 13:36
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    $\begingroup$ @JLee "from" isn't really relevant. You might kick yourself when you find the answer! :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 27 '15 at 13:41
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    $\begingroup$ While I don't have an answer (and am not really into this type of puzzles), I can't see why it got 2 negative votes so quickly... $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jun 27 '15 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ Some random thoughts that might help someone (or be completely off). Maybe "cross" refering to "Christ," maybe indicating an Egyptian God (Ra?). $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jun 29 '15 at 15:24

The route for a sensation:

A nerve

Coming all the way from the Egyptian cross:


So maybe it is a:

Coptic nerve

And the second paragraph would be explained as (credit f'' for this):

Your optic nerve is what allows you to see/C, so X = C and Y = optic nerve.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE, and well done - you've got the right answer! Can you see how it fits the second paragraph too? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 2 '15 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ Had to sleep on it - I think I was overthinking it before. Reminds me of "we live by faith, not by sight". $\endgroup$ – Rivets Jul 3 '15 at 13:25
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    $\begingroup$ I think the second part refers to the fact that the "optic nerve" allows you to "C" (see). $\endgroup$ – f'' Jul 3 '15 at 16:01
  • $\begingroup$ I don't understand your explanation of the second paragraph. @f'' is correct in his interpretation. Note that I try to make my puzzles objective, rather than pushing any pro-religion (or for that matter anti-religion) views :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 3 '15 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ Okay, now I C what you were getting at. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Rivets Jul 3 '15 at 18:29

I think the answer is...

Root canal

The Egyptian cross is the Suez Canal. And 'route' is a homophone for 'root'. I can't think of an explanation for the second paragraph though.

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  • $\begingroup$ I see I was right to put in the 2nd paragraph, otherwise the riddle would've been "too broad" :-) Hint: "cross" is symbolic. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 27 '15 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor: So Suez Canal isn't the right reference? $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jun 27 '15 at 17:57

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