A Boniface gives __________
A Bamberger exit __________
A Murietta heads __________
A Bergeret kicked one

The answer is a four word phrase.


'Til death do us part

Hint 2:

One name is different.

Hint 3:

Bucket. Same as clue #1.

Length of blanks do not give an indication to the words that go there.

Hint 4:

However, following the clues, there's a way of obtaining their lengths.


If you're sure (or mostly sure) about the word lengths then it might help to reorder the lines (DESC).

  • $\begingroup$ Two old german dudes, a mexican robin hood, and a french painter,,, $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ I believe it has nothing to do with names but letters. $\endgroup$
    – newzad
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Areeb, it's as correct and incorrect as it was before. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 18:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Areeb, okay, well it doesn't look like many people are getting anywhere either. I've changed the tags, removing enigmatic and specifically labeling the puzzle with the pattern tag, so hopefully that helps, and lateral-thinking. The lateral-thinking tag is a little problematic, but I'll say that this puzzle has what I prefer to call 'turns'. But the hint tends to continually apply. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Jul 25, 2016 at 20:58
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    $\begingroup$ @GeraldPatriowski, I want this to be resolved. :) $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 3:02

3 Answers 3


I think I have it. Based on the title, A Single Path Forward:

Only one way out.

A Boniface gives


A Bamberger exit


A Murietta heads


A Bergeret kicked


Reordered, by descending date of

death, whose years were alluded to by the number of letters (1944, 1863, 1853, 1853) you have:
A Bamberger exit only (1944 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Bamberger)
A Bergeret kicked one (1863 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-Nolasque_Bergeret)
A Boniface gives way (1853-DEC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Etienne_Boniface)
A Murietta heads out (1853-JUL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaquin_Murrieta)

  • $\begingroup$ Wow so there wasn't any need to look up dead people $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Areeb, not in the sense that you needed to know anything about the people. Just euphemisms for death. Maybe a better first hint would have been 'bit the dust' or 'pushing up daisies', etc. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ @John oh well, it was a clever puzzle $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 14:41
  • $\begingroup$ @John I don't understand a bunch of this. How is there a way, as stated in Hint 4, to determine the lengths of the words? What does "exit only" mean...it's supposed to be a euphemism for death? "Heads out" means more leave the house than died. "Gives way" is borderline. How is one name different (hint 2)? $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ @DanRussell, the euphemisms are constrained to two words, so, kicking the bucket is simply 'kicked one'. Fully formed euphemisms would be better, but leaving that aside for the moment, the word lengths are determined by the year of their deaths. So, for the line that was given "A Bergeret kicked one", you can see that the letter count for each word is 1-8-6-3. If you google "Bergeret 1963" the correct person comes up. Finding a very famous Murietta, you'll see that he died in 1853, so the fourth word you're trying to find is 3 letters long. The others you need to find the name and the decade. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 15:35

A boniface gives:

his life, He was killed by pagan tribes people
> Saint Boniface

A Bamberger exit:

Germany, because he was in exile
> Ludwig Bamberger

A Murietta heads:

to California, He went for the gold-rush
> Joaquin Murrieta

  • $\begingroup$ You have one component correct. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 18:10
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    $\begingroup$ @John Would you tell me which one it is? $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 18:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Areeb: I think it's the third one, since it's the only one where you intepret the third word as a noun rather than a verb. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi I suppose it could be that but I don't see how the others could be nouns. I'd wager it's the second one since it's the only place I mentioned. $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ @John thanks! I think I know which one is correct $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 18:50

I can't figure out the answer, but most of the blanks seem to be related to death, as hinted in Hints #1 and #3.

One can give

His life


The bucket

Head for

The last round-up

I still haven't found the meaning of "exit ___" , what the names refer to, and how the lengths of the words can be obtained. The single path forward could be the one to the graveyard, where everyone ends

  • $\begingroup$ You're right about kicking the bucket, but that line is complete. Life is a good answer, but not the one that fits there (or anywhere). Knowing the lengths would help you there. Indeed, this puzzle is pretty morbid. (And only a single word goes in the slots). +1 $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ To give up the ghost apparently means dying as well. I'll look into it. Edit: Didn't see that a single word fitted. Thanks for the hints $\endgroup$
    – Tayl
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 15:12

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