# A really harsh short puzzle

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...)

Hint

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

Hint #2:

One key higher...

• Harsh? This is a no-brainer! – Strawberry Jun 14 '16 at 9:52
• 09234 59 697!!! – Tom Jun 14 '16 at 10:42
• @Strawberry it was harsh before the hints... – Brent Hackers Jun 14 '16 at 10:51
• @Tom Nice one :P +1 – Brent Hackers Jun 14 '16 at 11:22

Looking at

Hint 2

It seems as though

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

Then

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'.

• 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. – Brent Hackers Jun 14 '16 at 10:56
• 630 697 4 599 43234853 85 one key higher. – Brent Hackers Jun 14 '16 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

• You're close with the keyboard and maybe the typo thing but it's not about spelling. – Brent Hackers Jun 9 '16 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...

• Sorry. That's not it at all. Only qwerty layout is involved. Could have made a bloody good puzzle with that though. – Brent Hackers Jun 9 '16 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?

• 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. – Brent Hackers Jun 14 '16 at 10:59

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