See if you can solve the following rebus:

enter image description here

Given how easily my previous problems have been solved, I am unwiling to give any hints. But maybe one won’t hurt.

  • 8
    $\begingroup$ I'm really annoyed at how people edit questions without asking. If you think anyone's made a mistake, post in a comment rather than editing. In the majority of my puzzles, I will make no mistakes. Everything is intended. $\endgroup$
    – Shuri2060
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 10:43
  • 6
    $\begingroup$ Most of the time, things that look like formatting and spelling errors are formatting and spelling errors. You can't fault somebody for trying to fulfill their community obligation without knowing your intent in purposefully including an error. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 22:03
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ Well - it's happened twice to me and in both cases destroying part of the puzzle. I really think people should ask in the comments beforehand. $\endgroup$
    – Shuri2060
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 22:13
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ If a puzzle includes something that looks like a mistake, but it's supposed to be a hint, there needs to be something else -- a sort of meta-hint -- to reinforce the fact that it's intentional. $\endgroup$
    – jscs
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps there should be a tag for it, but I often prefer that hints are non-obvious. $\endgroup$
    – Shuri2060
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 10:11

1 Answer 1


My solution:

Read right to left.

Explanation [EDIT 1 - thanks to Developer107 in the comments]:

The first two words are "left" (from right to left) in a font that makes them look handwritten. When you go from right to left in the rebus, you get "reed write two left". And when you say that out loud (read it), you get "Read right to left."

Which is clever because:

The rebus itself tells you how to decipher it.

Old Explanation (Incomplete):

If you read this right to left you get "reed left left". Which is like "read" and two lefts.

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ For some reason it does not feel like this is the complete answer. Work harder, Duncan! Why the different fonts? Why would simply reading it backwards solve the problem? That is too obvious. $\endgroup$
    – Gendarme
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 22:18
  • $\begingroup$ I think it's correct, why don't you? $\endgroup$
    – Parzival
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 22:30
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Maybe with the slight modification: "write two left" because it is a script font hence more like writing than printing. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 6:25
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ With the help by @HughMeyers comment, I just want to add to your explanation. It is 'reed write(because of script font) 2 left' so that indicates 'Read(reed) right(write) to(2) left' that is the same answer but with a slightly different explanation. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 6:39
  • 4
    $\begingroup$ Very nice. It's the right answer :) Now explain the hint. Edit: Actually nevermind - autocorrect ruined it. Double edit: Actually, wrong again, the editor of the question ruined it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never edit questions without asking!!!!! $\endgroup$
    – Shuri2060
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 10:43

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.