I... I have some bad news. My computer broke. Yeah, really tragic. Luckily I have a backup computer, but there is a reason it is a backup. It was made a long time ago and... well, its completely rubbish to be honest.

I can't create any images so you'll have to make the rebus I want to give you. Obviously I can't just tell you, so I've hidden the three symbols in three verses.

Solve them and then make and solve the rebus to find a common phrase


Samuel Terence threw a ball
High above the ground
He was sad when it went up
But happy when it came down
His throw was straight
And his catch was sound


Susie Thompson drove her car
In fact she drove it twice
Each time she went at the same speed
But on the second time to be precise
She drove exactly twice as fast
But turn a corner to make things nice.


For the third Susie and Samuel joined forces
To make the phrase complete
Susie was kept original
And Samuel didn’t cheat
Their results combined were incredible
So show it on your sheet!

Oh, and one more thing... Names are important.


Massive clue in the title

  • $\begingroup$ Knowledge of a specific field in maths or science is required but I can't say which or I'll spoil the puzzle, however I have added a hint in the puzzle to what it is... $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 10 '16 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ Uh... physics?? $\endgroup$ – greenturtle3141 Nov 11 '16 at 1:14
  • $\begingroup$ @greenturtle3141 well yes but a specific field in physics $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 11 '16 at 7:05

After some pestering by the OP,

There are graphs (graphical) ...

The first one

It is a speed- time graph (Samuel Terence). So,the ball is thrown upwards. The sad thing indicates up means negative and happy indicates down means positive which doesn't really matter in speed. So, the graph first decreases as the speed decreases with increase in height of the ball as Kinetic Energy changes to potential energy(Assuming air resistance to be negligible). ANd after reaching the maximum height,the speed increases again. The graph turns out to be a "v".

The 2nd one

It is a speed-time graph (Susan Thompson). Same speed-means speed is constant and in a speed-time graph, constant speed means a line parallel to the time-axis. The "turn a corner" refers to rotating the graph by 90 degrees after which I get two parallel lines

The 3rd one

It is a combination of both the above graphs. It is an inverted triangle with a line in it. The alchemy symbol of Earth

So, as Rubio finds out, the answer is

Down to Earth. (One of my favorite fortnightly magazines as well)

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  • $\begingroup$ Exam time helps :) +1 $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Nov 11 '16 at 8:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Techidiot This was previous year's stuff.... $\endgroup$ – Sid Nov 11 '16 at 8:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid- Combination of both.. N? $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Nov 11 '16 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Techidiot I first thought of "implies" but then, I saw "didn't cheat" and "N" looks a bit more promising.. $\endgroup$ – Sid Nov 11 '16 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah. But not sure what VIN says? Why its an answer? Or OP just wanted to get the answer as 3 letters. $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Nov 11 '16 at 17:54

Taking a stab at the final solution.

V || 🜃


$\begin{array}{cc}\mathbf V&\mathbf{Down}\\\mathbf{||}&\mathbf{to}\\\mathbf{ 🜃}&\mathbf{Earth}\end{array}$

Oh, and I'm blatantly hopping in at the last minute after Sid did all the heavy lifting on this solution with OP in Sphinx's Lair. Give him all the up-votes, please!

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Partial answer -(Not close)

For first part

It seems like graViTy(Victor Terence) which gives "g'

For second part

It seems like acceleration=(vf-vi)/t or Δv/t or distance=Speed * Time(Susie Thomposon) which gives "a"

For third part

It seems like f(force)=mass(scalar)*acceleration(vector) which gives "f"

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry not even close $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 11 '16 at 7:04
  • $\begingroup$ You are right with the names meaning somethng but they don't mean that $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 11 '16 at 7:13
  • $\begingroup$ Are they a part of some extensive physics like quantum, emw etc? If thats the case, I am not literal enough :D $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Nov 11 '16 at 7:29
  • $\begingroup$ Oh no no, I have even done GCSE Science yet if that helps with the level of science knowledge required. Read the hint - can't believe no ones noticed it yet $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 11 '16 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ Is it graph theory? Again, I am weak with that :( $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Nov 11 '16 at 7:54

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