I am not a great fan of racing. I never was. But one day I decided to see the race. The commentator was trying to keep up with the race's pace and did it quite well:

The Black Horse of the event is leading the race. On the second position there is Golden Bull just after the leader...
But wait! The Dark Sky runs forth and takes the lead with its five little stars. And the big one of course.
The third position was taken by Double Caret...
And we have a new leader! The Olympics Runner, although today one of its bottoms is put at its tail and the other one is absent.
The third position has also been replaced by Thick Rhombus. Straight Age from position four struggles to take it over but where two quarrel the third wins - the third position is taken by Omega Juliet but not for long, as Silvermane Lion jumps forward and gets it.
Meanwhile the Golden Cross shines its way through to the fifth position.
Winged Minimalist falls to the second position just before finish as it is taken over by Lightning Circle.
Third place goes to Skewed Age.
Pacyfist broke its leg, so it ends up being the last (its twin did not take part in the race today).

When the last one crossed the finish line I felt I'd rather go to the cinema. Can you find out what movie I wanted to see?

NOTE: The puzzle may require a (very) little google work, so there is the "knowledge" tag.


  1. The first thing to do is to find out what is the meaning of each "horse's" name (all fall to the same category).

  2. I believe the easiest one to start with is the Omega Juliet.

  • $\begingroup$ ROt13: Whfg fbzrguvat nobhg Gur Qnex FXl: Gung'f n zbivr sebz 2013. Abg fher vs guvf vf eryrinag. $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir V jvyy abg fnl vs vg vf gur vagraqrq ersrerapr lrg. $\endgroup$
    – oleslaw
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:12
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    $\begingroup$ @Downvoter Please comment to help me make this puzzle better :) $\endgroup$
    – oleslaw
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 12:19
  • $\begingroup$ Is steganography actually correct here? $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 2:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio Hidden data concealed in otherwise unsuspicious pictures, text, and/or audio. sounds like this is exactly it. $\endgroup$
    – oleslaw
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 6:58

1 Answer 1


The horses' names refer to ...

.. car brands, usually by describing their logos:

Black Horse — Ferrari
Golden Bull — Lamborghini
Dark Sky — Subaru
Double Caret — Citroën
Olympics Runner — Audi (has four rings, the Olympic flag has five)
Thick Rhombus — Renault
Straight Age — Honda (has an upright Aitch as logo)
Omega Juliet — Alfa Romeo (via Alpha/Omega and Romeo/Juliet)
Silvermane Lion — Peugeot
Golden Cross — Chevrolet
Winged Minimalist — Mini
Lightning Circle — Opel
Skewed Age — Hyundai (has a skewed Aitch as logo)
Pacyfist — Mercedes (logo looks like a peace symbol without the lower stem?)

With these replacements, ...

... and the positions as told in the commentary, we can get a letter from each horse:

1   F   Ferrari
2   A   Lamborghini
1   S   Subaru
3   T   Citroën
1   A   Audi
3   N   Renault
4   D   Honda
3   F   Alfa Romeo
3   U   Peugeot
5   R   Chevrolet
2    I    Mini
1   O   Opel
3   U   Hyundai
L   S   Mercedes

And the film you went to see is:

Fast and Furious.

  • $\begingroup$ About the two not-exactly-logo-like names: Olympics Runner - "one of its bottoms is put at its tail and the other one is absent" and the "Pacyfist broke its leg". Otherwise this is the correct answer by all means :) $\endgroup$
    – oleslaw
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 8:41
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I'd seen the significance of the bottom at the tail, but didn't want to spoil the layout with a lengthy explanation. :) I didn't see the broken leg, though, and thought it had something to do with I being replaced by Y, because you can get the peace symbol by overlaying I and Y upside down and the Mercedes star only has the Y. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 8:45
  • $\begingroup$ And you were right with your hint: Omega Romeo was the way in. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 8:47

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