What's wrong with this?


Pax Romana my friends. May the peace of Rome be upon us! Bless Caesar, Pax Romana.

Please explain thouroughly rather than just saying the answer or taking a random guess.

There is only one answer to this.

  • $\begingroup$ J, U and W are missing??? $\endgroup$ – ibrahim mahrir Feb 17 '18 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ Ahh but that would be too easy wouldn't my friend? $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Feb 17 '18 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ I wouldn't make it that easy for you would I? $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Feb 17 '18 at 22:18
  • $\begingroup$ The K and the H is also missing, I had to make a quick edit $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Feb 17 '18 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ Since the OP has already accepted an answer, I guess the correct response is not "the tag kowledge is misspelled". $\endgroup$ – shoover Feb 18 '18 at 4:56

The alphabet should be ACDEFGIJLMNOPQRSTVXYZ instead.

Applying the Caesar Cipher to the missing letters in the original (HJKUW) we get IKLVX. If instead we add the J back and remove the B, the result is CILVX, the five smallest roman numerals.

Obviously, one also usually spells "of" with an "o" :-)

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    $\begingroup$ Nice job, you got it. I seriously need to create a puzzle that doesn't take five munites for somebody to solve 😫😫😫😫 Especially afte spending several hours trying to make one. Back to the drawing board.... $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Feb 17 '18 at 22:34
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    $\begingroup$ @North, for what it's worth, it was a very nice 5-minute puzzle. :-) $\endgroup$ – Bass Feb 17 '18 at 22:39
  • $\begingroup$ @North I think this is your nicest one yet. I like the Roman/Caesar theme! $\endgroup$ – ferret Feb 18 '18 at 6:23

Cracked screen on phone like mine just about while trying to type the alphabet is the simplest answer.

  • $\begingroup$ Which would be a good (and hilarious) answer if the question were tagged with lateral-thinking instead of knowledge and trivia :-) $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Feb 18 '18 at 6:45
  • $\begingroup$ Creative and lol. +1 $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Feb 18 '18 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ Now I'm confused what's the difference between critical and hilarious thinking and knowledge and trivia. I find humor in both. $\endgroup$ – user45538 Feb 19 '18 at 4:39

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