The answer is within the following scrambled letters, but there is also a letter missing:


I've been at this for hours and I cannot come up with anything whatsoever. I strongly believe the scrambled letters equate to two words, not one.

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    $\begingroup$ Just positing a guess: I see the word "math" in there, so it could be a pun off of "Mathcore", a subgenre of metal, but I can't see how to translate "-hor" to "core" with an engineering pun. $\endgroup$
    – Kevin Long
    Sep 14, 2017 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ The riddle is very vague, so I am not sure if the answer would be an artist or genre of music; but I believe it would be genre. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2017 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ Assuming missing letter as 'Y', it turns out to be - "O! A Rhythm" $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2017 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, using the text "Ah mother" (E added), Google shows "Gentleman" by Psy. The answer can go into many directions... $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2017 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ Given that RHO is in the letters, I wonder if the missing letter is from the Greek alphabet, which is pretty popular with engineers. $\endgroup$
    – D Krueger
    Sep 28, 2017 at 20:28

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Partial (non)-answer:

E gives "MATH HERO"
N gives "MATH HORN"
S gives "OM THRASH"
U gives "MATH HOUR"
W gives "OHM WRATH"

I don't know that any of those looks enough like a music genre to be right.
Though if it were a engineering guru, "S" would be fitting....


If "within the scrambled letters" doesn't mean "uses all the scrambled letters", but rather "uses only the scrambled letters" (plus the missing letter mentioned), then it could be:

A motor

with the missing letter being


and dropping

the 2 Hs

The explanation would be

that it's a joke, based on the idea that engineers are so into engineering that they would rather listen to the sweet sound of a finely-tuned motor running well than anything that might more conventionally be called music, to the point where they would consider such a motor to be music.

(Note that I'm not claiming that that's my view of engineers!)


Hmm, what about:

Oh Martha! (A added)

This is a song by some bands, examples:


Link to engineers:

It seems harsh, but I guess most 'male' engineers want more women in their work environment, so...


I've got a half-assed theory.

Perhaps it is [not]...


Due to widespread usage of a related word, including our two topics of interest...



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