I am alone in a room. The room is very quiet, except that one may hear a sound of something like snowing, and a sound of something resembling a cloak. In the next room behind the door, there’s also a persistent sound of something akin to an abyss.

Suddenly, there's a sound of something close to a lamb. I jump up and run to the next room.

What’s going on?

Hint #1:

This is a very casual situation for almost any person.

Hint #2:

The abyss is treacherous and doesn't follow the rules.

Hint #3:

What could be in the next room? What kind of a persistent sound could I hear? Why did I run there?

  • $\begingroup$ Not sure if this is relevant to the solution, but the title is a rot13(znq tno bs "gung fbhaqf jrveq") $\endgroup$
    – Riley
    Jun 12 '18 at 23:04

I think

You are sleeping and an alarm goes off, making you run into the next room


as @Riley said, the title sounds like "that sounds weird" when spoken aloud

so taking that theme,

something like snowing -> snoring
something resembling a cloak -> a clock
something akin to an abyss -> haven't figured this out yet :(
something close to a lamb -> alarm

  • $\begingroup$ Not sure, but if wordplay is applicable, 'akin to an abyss' can mean 'near to engulf'...Which can be done by natural elements like water, fire etc. $\endgroup$ Jun 13 '18 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ Correct! The similarity of “abyss” is of a different kind. $\endgroup$
    – Sergei
    Jun 13 '18 at 1:18
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    $\begingroup$ Not sure why it’s in the next room, but could he be late to catch “a bus” (abyss)? $\endgroup$
    – tyobrien
    Jun 13 '18 at 3:46
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    $\begingroup$ The ”persistent” bit in the clue might refer to a continuing action, which would then make ROT13(”naq n ohmmvat”) the most likely solution. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Jun 13 '18 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ @MeaCulpaNay your reasoning is wrong, but otherwise you're very close. I've added a couple of hints. $\endgroup$
    – Sergei
    Jun 13 '18 at 16:52

Nicolas Budig’s answer was the closest to the truth, but still not complete. So I decided to answer my own question:

The title, "That’s Ounce Weird",

sounds like "that sounds weird", which is the key to most parts of the puzzle.

"snowing" is

snoring, because I was sleeping

"a cloak" is

a ticking clock

"An abyss", maybe the least obvious part, refers to…

"a drop", which may be a drop into an abyss, but also a drop of water. So the persistent sound of "an abyss" refers to a sound of a leaking tap in the bathroom. The abyss is "treacherous" in the sense that it doesn’t follow the wordplay.

"a lamb" is

the alarm clock ringing

"I jump up and run to the next room", because…

it’s time to go work, so I run to the bathroom to take a shower.

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    $\begingroup$ 'A drop of water' is extremely far from 'something akin to an abyss' imo.. especially considering the fact that A) this one hint doesn't follow the format of the other clues/title, and B) unlike the other clues, a leaky tap is a not a common thing and it definitely isn't a thing that you would normally associate with the sleeping theme. All things considered, I don't think it's very realistic to expect people to figure it out based on what you've given. $\endgroup$
    – votbear
    Jun 18 '18 at 4:12
  • $\begingroup$ @votbear probably so, this is also why I decided to provide the answer. Although I still think this was doable, considering all the hints. $\endgroup$
    – Sergei
    Jun 18 '18 at 5:36

The sound of the 'cloak' is


and the 'abyss' represents

the inside of the washing machine, which buzzes when it's done with its cycle?

Furthermore, the title is a reference to

the units (in the United States) in which laundry detergent is sold.

  • $\begingroup$ Nope, but this is close in a certain sense. $\endgroup$
    – Sergei
    Jun 15 '18 at 4:24

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