Woe unto the people hiding their secrets in the source code.

Immediately upon taking over the company, the Information Technology people exactingly went over the source code.

What saying is hidden in this sentence?

Hint the First:

After manipulation, usage of homophones occurs, and the hidden saying is shorter than this sentence.

Hint the Second:

Starting with words which seem forced into the sentence is probably a strong technique. The final phrase is 5 words long.

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    $\begingroup$ Great, nothing in the post's source. Welp, I'm out of ideas. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Aug 11, 2015 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ I assume that homophones are used after synonyms, yes? $\endgroup$ Aug 12, 2015 at 14:03
  • $\begingroup$ Correct assumption, I will update my hint to be more accurately informative. $\endgroup$ Aug 12, 2015 at 14:18

1 Answer 1


I'm going to guess:

When it rains it pours

Or, in "other words"

When IT reigns, IT pores.
The IT department now "reigns" over the company, and thus "pores" over the source code.

Nice puzzle!

  • $\begingroup$ I am a little salty you got this so fast after the hint: adslogans.co.uk/site/media/.gallery/main8427.jpg $\endgroup$ Aug 13, 2015 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ Well, to be honest, I only just saw the puzzle this morning. Actually, your second hint was not what helped, it was the first hint plus Ian MacDonald mentioning synonyms. Once I got "pore", the rest came pretty quickly. $\endgroup$ Aug 13, 2015 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ Cool, I would have been distraught if I over hinted. $\endgroup$ Aug 13, 2015 at 16:28

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