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My friends are so mature...

They played the time old prank on me of changing my password on my phone. Now I'm locked out and can't access my files.

They gave me this clue:

A atnas devil sa a lived ta asan
rm lwo eta ym latem mrow
A nam, a nalp, a lanac, amanap
Ssap drow: raef fo eseht

What's my (new) pass word?

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    $\begingroup$ Do lines 2 and 4 contain typos? $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Apr 11, 2016 at 15:29

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It might be:

aibohphobia

When you read the first three phrases backwards they are:

Palindromes:
- A santa lived as a devil at Nasa
- Mr owl ate my metal worm
- A man, a plan, a canal, panama
And aibohphobia is fear of palindromes, which explains the last phrase:
Pass word: fear of these

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    $\begingroup$ This is what I thought, but lines 2 and 4 would be wrong. $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Apr 11, 2016 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Will really? hang on i'll correct that $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2016 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Will Yeah I read your comment and the response after I posted, but I assumed they were typos indeed $\endgroup$
    – Wu33o
    Apr 11, 2016 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ I love the fact that the fear of palindromes is a palindrome :P $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2016 at 16:48
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil There's evidence that whoever decided on the official phobia names of certain things was a jerk, seeing as the fear of long words is hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2016 at 18:32
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Password is :

Fear of palindromes a.k.a. aibohphobia as @Wu330 pointed out

Reasoning:

Each line is a palindrome except that each word is in the correct position but backwards.
Line 1 is A santa lived as a devil at nasa.
Line 2 is Mr owl ate my metal worm.
Line 3 is A man, a plan, a canal, panama.
Line 4 is Pass word: fear of these

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  • $\begingroup$ Close but your answer is a clue, not the final answer $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2016 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil looks like Wu330 got the extra step first. $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2016 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ you were very close so +1 for that $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2016 at 15:37

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