The following text is a clue and will lead to a place on earth. The answer will be one word containing eight characters.

Can Heaven flush its Gates as innocent Kisses, then must we all take Heed, and bad Strumpets shall aske for Balm.

Where are we going?

  • $\begingroup$ It doesn't look like a rebus, but I guess I'd have to see the answer.. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Apr 7 '16 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ Are the capitals in the words intentional? $\endgroup$ – ASCIIThenANSI Apr 7 '16 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ The capitals are intentional, yes. $\endgroup$ – CarloTheBouncer Apr 7 '16 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ I feel like the capitals are part of the place's name $\endgroup$ – Plinth Apr 7 '16 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ I would say it is a Shakespearean cipher. Anyone here familiar with this way of hiding text in text? $\endgroup$ – user20971 Apr 8 '16 at 0:11

We are going to

Chukudum, South Sudan

Start at the first letter of the text: C. This is first letter of the solution and the key that points to the next letter in the solution. C is the third letter of the alphabet, so move ahead three spaces in the text, ignoring spaces and punctuation. This gives you H, which is the second letter in the solution. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so now move 8 spaces, to U. Continue on in this way, and you get the letters CHUKUDUM.

It appears the uppercase letters are simply a red herring, and the unusual spelling of "aske" serves to make the spacing correct for the last M.

Location of the letters:

Can Heaven flush its Gates as innocent Kisses, then must we all take Heed, and bad Strumpets shall aske for Balm.


The capitalized words (except the initial 'C' in 'Can') are all nouns, but there's just six of them. There's no pattern in their initial characters. First letters: HGKESB, second letters: EAIETA. Third letters: ATSERL. Fourth letters: VESDUM. Last letters: NSSDSM.

Also, since we're looking for a word containing eight characters, the six highlighted nouns might be a hint, but not part of the final solution.

There's also something strange going on in the wording of things like "then must we all" and the extra 'e' in "shall aske".

  • $\begingroup$ I see chgkhsb or hgkhsb as the capitals - no E. And what do you mean by highlighted vowels? $\endgroup$ – Jolenealaska Apr 7 '16 at 22:11

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