I told my teacher that I liked riddles and puzzles. As a matter of fact, I introduced him to the Puzzling Stack Exchange! Then, he got a sheet of paper, asked for a pen, and when he found one (I didn't have a pen on me, as usual) he wrote something on it.

I was on my computer, writing my anagram puzzle, when he then handed me the sheet of paper. I looked at it and saw what was written on it. This is what it said:

$$$$ $$\color{red}{\LARGE \rm T\quad I\quad M\quad E}$$ $$\small\color{red}{\rm ABDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ}$$ $$$$

(It was written with a red pen.) I asked him what it meant, and he said it was a riddle. I then said that it wasn't a riddle — it was some kind of enigmatic puzzle. And then he asked if I could figure it out and went to lunch as it was the end of class.

What does it mean? I noticed that the alphabet is missing the letter $\rm C$, and the $\rm B$ looked like a $13$ in his handwriting. Was it some kind of message I had to figure out? Perhaps it said "Time's up" since the word TIME is above (up) the alphabet and a clock only has $12$ hours (not $13$)? I didn't know.

Has anyone seen this puzzle before? Would you like me to upload a picture of the original piece of paper? I am unsure what tags I should include, so they might not help. Also, I don't know the name of the puzzle if it is well-known, so I can't research it.

(True story.)

  • $\begingroup$ @Chowzen thanks for the edit. I didn't know which was the right tag to use :) $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 11:06
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    $\begingroup$ Don't forget that if you showed your teacher the Puzzling Exchange, there's a good chance they'll end up seeing this question too. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ @LordFarquaad hahah, well, lucky I am an honest person. I have already told my teacher today :) $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 5:09

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I think it's one of those rebus puzzles. :)

Long time no see

  • $\begingroup$ This has to be it. No explanation needed. I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier — why didn't I think of this? Eh well, I will give others a shot at this if they haven't seen the puzzle, before accepting yours. (I also reached my daily voting limit, and have to wait $14$ hours before I can upvote.) :D $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 9:03
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    $\begingroup$ Just did some research on rebus puzzles. (SPOILER ALERT) So for example, the answer to GESG would be scrambled eggs because you can scramble the letters of EGGS to make GESG. Are those what rebus puzzles are? Like pictograms? $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 11:27
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    $\begingroup$ @user477343 This is a kind of rebuses that use only text, like in this question $\endgroup$
    – xhienne
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ @user477343 SE tags can have a "wiki", which generally has some helpful description of what the tag is for. For example, the rebus tag wiki has a short explanation of what a rebus is. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ LOL okay I had to LOL at this one. I'd never guess $\endgroup$
    – Dennis
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 14:56

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