The telegram service is so bad these days! You can't trust them to convey a message safely without missing some of the letters or even mis-spacing words. Here's the nonsense you got today:

Hi! Re Ada O.A. Regan, error-is as in scap-he.

And all you wanted to know was what's for dinner. Unless ... maybe your puzzling friend is playing a trick on you and making you blame the telegram service for her cryptic message?

So, what is for dinner?

  • $\begingroup$ Inspired by an incorrect guess at the solution of this puzzle. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2017 at 8:45
  • $\begingroup$ Well, I haven't solved all of it, but it starts 'Hi reader...' $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2017 at 9:43
  • $\begingroup$ I don't suppose the answer is mussels :). I looked up scaphe, and it's an ancient sundial. It also means bowl. I'm not sure how relevant that info is, but looking at sundial error led me nowhere. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2017 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil the left side can make: Hi reader a ago an Although I'm not really sure what to do with that. The right side doesn't have the same format so I'm assuming you do something to the left side with the right side's info $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2017 at 14:09
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    $\begingroup$ Possibly on the wrong track, but I read the first part as "Hire a", and if you take O. as ---., that can become M (--) and N(-.), so the sentence starts with "Hire a damn", possibly saying something like "Hire a damn maid to get your dinner". I can't get the rest of the sentence to work though. $\endgroup$
    – Alpha
    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:05

2 Answers 2


Final Answer

we have to add same letters at the front and back of the words. Hence, the reference to the Shells puzzle. Doing this with the given words, we get:
ChiC, AreA(in comments), RadaR, RoaR, OreganO, TerrorisT(in comments), SasS, TinT, EscapE, WheW. These letters possibly combine to give the name of a food product. Hence, the stego tag.
The letters give CARROTSTEW. So, our answer is CARROT STEW! Tasty dinner.

  • $\begingroup$ YES. You're very much on the right track. Keep looking (and remember that the telegram service has made some spacing errors). $\endgroup$ Aug 13, 2017 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ Ohio, area, greg, prep could also work for the first two. $\endgroup$
    – Apep
    Aug 13, 2017 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Apep Hm, Area sounds more plausible than Oreo. Ohio and Greg are Proper nouns, though. Don't think that counts. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Aug 13, 2017 at 18:26

I guess wildly, it could be

a Nescafe product (suitable for dinner!)


the last two words "...in scaphe" sound 'Nescafe' if heard not carefully !

  • $\begingroup$ Not sure... considering the first bit is 'hi reader' split up then I'd sort of expect that to be continued throughout. Especially with the comment - it points towards mussel/muscle homophone $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2017 at 10:04
  • $\begingroup$ Nope, sorry. The answer is much clearer than this once you find it, and should be uniquely enough derivable from the puzzle to be pretty much self-confirming. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2017 at 10:12
  • $\begingroup$ My above comment also applies to the edited answer :-) $\endgroup$ Aug 10, 2017 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ Try actually solving the puzzle instead of making wild guesses based on limited information. $\endgroup$ Aug 10, 2017 at 19:23

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