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One day, my sister Ana, a riddle fanatic, wrote me a letter:

Almonds, don't you think, are really quite delicious (at least, to some point). Sometimes the smell can be really quite bitter. In any case, solve my gram after the code. A hint was already given, so don't ask for any. This is the code;

$$13.9.21.20.1.16.15.19.19...14.25.3.1.9.4.5.$$

I just made this one after eating, and it's too late for the hospital. So don't try taking me there, sorry.

She died. How?

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The answer:

POTASSIUM CYANIDE

If you take the numbers to correspond to letters of the alphabet, the code becomes

MIUTAPOSS... NYCAIDE

Which is an anagram of the answer

The clue is that

Cyanide is said to smell slightly of almonds

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She died from:

Potassium cyanide

Beacuse:

Using standard substitution (A=1, B=2) on the numbers, you get miutaposs nycaide

and that's an anagram of:

Potassium cyanide (poison)

And the clue is because:

Cyanide has an almond-y smell

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  • $\begingroup$ Who said anything about killing? :p $\endgroup$ – manshu Jun 6 '16 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ @manshu Fair enough! Edited. $\endgroup$ – Dan Russell Jun 6 '16 at 14:40
  • $\begingroup$ @manshu: If she died by ingesting Potassium Cyanide, the Potassium Cyanide indeed killed her. $\endgroup$ – Lightness Races with Monica Jun 6 '16 at 18:07

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