I may be burned at the stake for this one so "sorry" in advance!

When does pot and top make it without a why?

(You may need a particular object to figure this one out...)


As revealed in comments below, a qwerty keyboard/pad of a sort will help to find the answer.

Hint #2:

One key higher...

  • $\begingroup$ Harsh? This is a no-brainer! $\endgroup$
    – Strawberry
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 9:52
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    $\begingroup$ 09234 59 697!!! $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 10:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Strawberry it was harsh before the hints... $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 10:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Tom Nice one :P +1 $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 11:22

5 Answers 5


Looking at

Hint 2

It seems as though

Each letter corresponds to the key to the left diagonally above it


top $\rightarrow$ 590
pot $\rightarrow$ 095 and
590 + 095 = 685 $\leftarrow$ yit = 'y' + 'it'.

So adding 'top' and 'pot' makes 'yit' which, without the 'y', is 'it'.

  • $\begingroup$ Well done, and well explained as always. +1 This gets even easier if you're looking at a typical smartphone keyboard. I didn't expect anyone to get it right away until I got the hints. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ 630 697 4 599 43234853 85 one key higher. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 11:29

I opt for

a typo which you could misspell as pot or top without y

The object may be a keyboard - and o and p are adjacent

  • $\begingroup$ You're close with the keyboard and maybe the typo thing but it's not about spelling. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 14:08

Try number 2... and if I get it... it's because @Tom led the way...

Dvorak keyboard layout, on QWRTY T-O-P and P-O-T are on the same row as Y, however on Dvorak layout you would never cross Y to get T to O to P or visa versa... Dvorak layout with path TOP and POT shownenter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Sorry. That's not it at all. Only qwerty layout is involved. Could have made a bloody good puzzle with that though. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 14:52

Current thoughts:

On a QWERTY keyboard, to make top in a direct path, one must pass through TYUIOP, of which I and T make 'it', and vice versa. So, big. Question is, how do we plot a path to make TOP and POT, making 'IT' in the process without crossing Y?

  • $\begingroup$ Nice to see the thought process +1 but the puzzle wasn't so much about plotting paths. I see where you were coming from though considering some of the other puzzles I've seen here. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 10:59

This may be a bit off... but this is what I came up with:


MORTAR a martyr is someone who is killed because of their beliefs. you mentioned 'being burned at the stake' Without the 'Y'martyr becomes martr add 'top' and unscramble, you have mortar,
parrot, and raptor...
I chose mortar because it would be the one of the options that would require
an object (brick or stone) to give it meaning outside of the riddle...

  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I've added some formatting for a bit of clarity. The puzzle is only the indented part. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 14:07

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