In this puzzle I took an English phrase, spaced it differently, then replaced the resulting words with synonyms or definitions. This is an example to show you what I mean.

Spaced out and obfuscated:

that man tape player button self-esteem

Just spaced out:

he (from "that man")
rew (from "tape player button")
ego (from "self-esteem")


he rew ego $->$ here we go

Got it? Then all you have to do is apply the same process to the following:

definite article anime first child mucus coffee container within Scot. Eng. Wal. TCP/IP reply

  • $\begingroup$ Are proper nouns on the table? $\endgroup$
    – gannolloy
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 17:59
  • $\begingroup$ I would guess so, if they're in the puzzle $\endgroup$
    – Matt
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 17:59
  • $\begingroup$ @gannolloy proper nouns are definitely on the table. $\endgroup$ Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ Then this would be easier if I watched anime :( $\endgroup$
    – gannolloy
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ @gannolloy use Google. That's what I did. $\endgroup$ Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:21

1 Answer 1


The answer is

There is no turning back.


definite article = the

anime first child = rei

mucus = snot

coffee container = urn

within = in

Scot. Eng. Wal. = GB

TCP/IP reply = ACK

  • $\begingroup$ Ah darn, faster than I was. I had gotten through the first 3. $\endgroup$
    – charfellow
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:32
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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking anime and first child were two different clues. Nicely Done $\endgroup$
    – gannolloy
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:34

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