I asked my grandfather: "What makes a man wise?"

He typed out this:


Confused, I asked him to explain....

He ignored me and typed out the following:

-−−− -−−- −−- −−-- ---−

Please, I really want to know what makes a man wise!


Hint 1:

You must solve the second line first.

Hint 2:

The "Dark Lines" are just noise.

Hint 3:

Fried eggs.

Hint 4:

Somebody got really close already (in the comments of Chowzen's answer)

  • Hint 3 is directly related to Hint 4 (3 will help solve 4)

  • Hint 3 was a response towards a specific comment(s) on one of the answers.

Hint 5:

The Morse code in the box is treated the same as the colors. Here's a link to a cleaned up image.

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    $\begingroup$ Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man helzy, WELZy, and wise. $\endgroup$ Apr 3, 2018 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ Not what I'm looking for, but very cute. :D $\endgroup$
    – Welz
    Apr 3, 2018 at 22:52
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    $\begingroup$ Hint 4 was added 20 minutes before this comment. $\endgroup$ Apr 13, 2018 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ @WELZ (Comment for the future: The final two transformations needed to arrive at the answer are, insofar as I can tell, entirely unclued. Yes, that makes for a hard puzzle. But "What have I got in my pocket?" is a hard riddle, for much the same reason — there's nothing there to guide a solver to the solution, making it fairly literally a case of "guess what I was thinking here" ... which is the hallmark of an unfair, and often unfit, puzzle. You don't have to make steps explicit, but they should at least be clued in some way...) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Apr 17, 2018 at 22:14

3 Answers 3


The answer is

White Hair

This is answer is arrived at, by

Taking the sequence created by combining the morse code with the RGB color values of the colored circles in the link from Chowzen's post, in the order GGRBBBBR. The resultant sequence is [21, 22, 22, 10, 14, 18, 05, 07, 21] which, with an a1z26, gives us ["u", "v", "v", "j", "n", "r", "e", "g", "u"]. Rot13 this, to get hiiwaerth, which is an anagram of, white hair

Thank you, Chowzen, for the partial answer. And NetJohn, for the rot13.

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    $\begingroup$ Wow, great job finding the answer, that was a tough puzzle :D $\endgroup$
    – Goose
    Apr 17, 2018 at 18:36
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    $\begingroup$ It really was a group effort $\endgroup$
    – Caleb
    Apr 17, 2018 at 19:39

Then, there's this thing:

enter image description here
Gotten by rot13 -ing @QuantumTwinkie 's discovery and stack.imgur-ing it. The obvi morse comes to "21", but the colors are confusing me. Which is oddly comforting...

Then, I searched for "GGRBBBBR" and google for it which is a pastebin page: https://pastebin.com/2Fyj0bSz I found this: .... ..--- -.-. .--- -.-, which led to this: H2CJK in morse, which leads to U2PWX after rot13, which... which... which does nothing.

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    $\begingroup$ That edit made me laugh, a lot. $\endgroup$
    – Welz
    Apr 4, 2018 at 4:48
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    $\begingroup$ Just jpgzv... is enough, no rot13. $\endgroup$
    – Welz
    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:18
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    $\begingroup$ Could the GGRBBBBR represent the R, G, or B values of the colored circles? 8 letters, 8 colors. $\endgroup$
    – NetJohn
    Apr 4, 2018 at 20:52
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    $\begingroup$ From left to right, the html color codes are as follows. First, the bright Stripes: ff16b5, ff16b5, 0ad730, fa190e, 094112, a81905, 171a07, 1545b5. Now the dark stripes: b30f7f, b30f7f, 079722, af120a, 062e0d, 761204, 101205, 0f307f $\endgroup$
    – Caleb
    Apr 5, 2018 at 11:43
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    $\begingroup$ @mowwwalker I think you used 0-index rather than 1-index. [22, 22, 10, 14, 18, 05, 07, 21] -> ["v", "v", "j", "n", "r", "e", "g", "u"] and [15, 15, 07, 10, 13, 04, 05, 15] -> ["o", "o", "g", "j", "m", "d", "e", "o"]. ROT13 is iiwaerth and bbtwzqrb? $\endgroup$
    – NetJohn
    Apr 11, 2018 at 14:58

If you use Morse code on the slashes you get


If you use GGRBBBBR

Using the 2nd letter of green, 1st of red, 4th of blue and 1st of red you get rrer which might mean something.

The first hint,

Rot13 will give you "Lbh zhfg fbyir gur frpbaq yvar svefg", to "You must solve the second line first."

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    $\begingroup$ I suspect you may be on the right track, given that the only characters in the first code block are "R", "G" and "B", considering the first three characters that you decoded as a well known file extension. Although, it's possible this is a coincidence. $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2018 at 4:13
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    $\begingroup$ With RGB i naturally think on colours.... $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Apr 14, 2018 at 14:31

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