# The puzzle from ____

We’ve had some tough puzzles on this site, but this is the puzzle from... well, if I told you, it wouldn’t register as a puzzle now.

Maybe you can work it out for yourself:

HGT - 271
T 732 LI
UM 21(13)
H 132 QE

LS 11(23)
11 - (83) - XN
SLU - (59)1
L 213 FM

# Complete the title

Hints for the final steps:

BIDMAS (or BODMAS, PEMDAS, whatever you know it as)

and

°'"

• The Puzzle from Beastly Gerbil's brain :P Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 7:40
• @ABcDexter hmmm suppose so :P Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 7:42
• @boboquack damn, how did you get that? I thought I made that really, really subtle!!! ;) Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 7:57
• "Hell". Because it's always "Hell" after "something something from..." Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 9:37
• If you google "hgt 271" the first hit is this puzzle Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 14:24

This is

The puzzle from hell

F1Krazy's answer states that this looks like registration plates. Bouncing off this idea, this wiki page has a list of EU registration plates (not UN as initially stated. OP Edit: Sorry bout that!)

Taking the country abbreviation of each plate gives:

HGT - 271 -> Finland -> FIN
T 732 LI -> Austria -> A
UM 21(13) -> Luxembourg -> L
H 132 QE -> Austria -> A

LS 11(23) -> Luxembourg -> L
11 - (83) - XN -> Portugal -> P
SLU - (59)1 -> Hungary -> H
L 213 FM -> Austria -> A

Which gives us the clue: FINAL ALPHA

Gareth McCaughan points out that the FINAL ALPHA(BETIC CHARACTERS), or last letters give 'TIMES NUM'

Donnelle's idea is to multiply each digit, which is close, but taking into account the brackets we get:

271 => 14
732 => 42
21(13) => 26
132 => 6

11(23) => 23
11 - (83) => 83
(59)1 => 59
213 => 6

The second hint implies these are latitude and longitude coordinates. The first number of each in A1Z26 translates to N and W, giving us the coordinates.

N 42° 26' 6", W 83° 59' 6"

If you look up these coordinates you get:

The location of Hell, Michigan. (So Donnelle was technically right in her guess.) So it is in fact,

The puzzle from hell.

• well, the final alpha(betic character) of each one spells out TIMES NUM... Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 21:36
• How do you distinguish the 3 letters and 3 digits in the Finnish and Hungarian licence plates? Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 7:46
• @jarnbjo I narrowed it down to a few, and then I was informed the - is important which narrowed it further to those two, at which point it was just fillling in what made sense because of all the other plates/abbreviations I had Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 11:58
• If the hyphen in the question is relevant, then Austria is wrong. There are no hyphens in Austrian licence plates. Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 12:29
• @jarnbjo thanks for pointing that out, will update Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 16:09

I believe each of the alphanumeric codes is

A vehicle registration number (hence the "register" hint in the title).

My first instinct, therefore, is to

Look up the registration numbers to see what locales they would be valid in.

I don't think I have enough time to do that in my lunch break but hopefully that's enough of a starting point.

• All info you can get off Wikipedia Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 14:33

The puzzle from hell

Because:

When you multiply the digits in each row together, you get
271 => 14
732 => 42
21(13) => 6
132 => 6
11(23) => 6
11 - (83) => 24
(59)1 => 45
213 => 6

And 666 is the number traditionally associated with hell.

• Interesting although I am not sure if that's exactly what he's going for Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 3:09
• Well, it seems like there are co-ordinates hidden in there. Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 7:27
• Update: Still multiplying only - your answers should now be: 14, 42, 26, 6, 23, 83, 59, 6. Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 13:55