# Tech related riddle

Here is a question I found:

Figure out what word the following sentence relates to:
"Solid Computations Resting on a Smoky Basis"

Hint 1:

We make digital visuals

Hint 2:

WATCHing you SMOKE Everytime

Find an answer and give me a good explanation why the answer is so.

• looks to me like a cryptic clue. Is it? Commented May 10, 2016 at 14:17
• You say that this is a question you found. Where did you find it?
– f''
Commented May 13, 2016 at 15:55
• @f'' sorry for the VERY late reply. The story is that a couple of my friends signed up for this inter-school cough "tech" competition. There was a section which was kept as a mystery event which was hinted to be puzzles etc. To give an example of how the event would be, several questions were given out and this was one of them which everyone was struggling with. Therefore, I came to this site. Commented May 18, 2016 at 16:28

## 4 Answers

My guess is

Rockstar (a UK-based visual effects and motion graphics studio). See here.

Solid Computations Resting on a Smoky Basis

Solid = Rock,
Computations = Star,
Smoky Basis = Autodesk Smoke, which Rockstar uses to create visual effects.

Hint 1

We make digital visuals

Essentially a rough description of what the company does.

Hint 2

WATCHing you SMOKE Everytime

I guess the key words focusing on the visual aspect and the use of Autodesk Smoke.

Could it be

particle effects?

Because

Particle systems are used for smoke in digital visualisation, and they're essentially computations of many solid particles' positions

• Not the answer I had in mind but it still fits! Good job! Commented May 10, 2016 at 16:35

The related word is

Debugging

via

Smoke tests

• Sorry but wrong answer :P Commented May 10, 2016 at 14:24
• @cr0 wow silly answer haha Commented May 29, 2016 at 9:53

If it weren't for the hints, I would have said it's

Cloud computing.

Because

Cloud is smokey-like.
and solid computations tend to rely more on cloud computing (not 100% sure)