Apparently @El-Guest is good at solving rebus puzzles... oh, we'll see...

Here is another rebus puzzle I drew... but a little different.


Ugh, it is a bad photo. It has some stains on it, and a shadow on the bottom left corner. Well, I can't keep worrying about it once it has already happened, right?


The real answer is not what you might first think. The first person to find the word that is missing from the secret message will get a 50 rep bounty; explanations must also be required (including for the title).

Hint 1:

the suffix is in the rebus.

Hint 2:

Trails of sound is the key,
With the wails quite especially.
Although lines are important,
If they are emboldened,
None of the open can see.

Hint 3:

A cry makes exactly what sound?
There's another word! Can it be found?
The thinnest points where?
How many legs are there?
One eye lies straight from what is round.


To finish, rather ...,
The tallest, you should first locate.
Vertical, though across,
Coming first without loss,
Make a mixture, but not on this plate.

I have made a grammatical change Hint 1, but it does not affect its meaning at all; that is only for the added bonus. Whoever solves that with an explanation will receive a 100 rep bounty; I think that the main part of this puzzle is too hard and might need a 50 rep bounty).

Also, solving the bonus reveals one of the words in the secret message (that of which there are six); though if you are finding it too difficult, then the other hints should suffice.

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    $\begingroup$ Lotta arrows, I see. $\endgroup$
    – Yout Ried
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 8:04
  • $\begingroup$ @YoutRied hahah, yeah :P $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 12:38
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    $\begingroup$ Hmmm so it's not the obvious one, obviously. Let\s see $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ @R.D nah, my previous one was too obvious, so I checked out a bunch of rebus puzzles and decided to make one a bit harder. Everything is deliberately made (the stains, the shadow, and bold lines...) $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 13:53
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    $\begingroup$ Oh ok then :D @user477343 $\endgroup$
    – Kevin L
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 8:12

6 Answers 6


Is the answer

Double whammy ?

According to the hints

A cry makes a "Waah" sound and the suffix is "Me" hence whammy


A double whammy means two bad things happening. One is the character has spilled his milk and the second one is you "spilling" water on the drawing. The italicized words "worry", "already", "real" (now this may be a stretch) but perhaps it's telling you to let bygones be bygones yet the irony is that the character is still crying over the milk?

Will wait for more hints or some confirmation of at least some part of this solution.


After much discussion, the answer is

Wait until the cows come home. Since i am at work right now, i cant type much so will explain later. Unless op explains it. Also the missing word is either "come" or "home"


Look carefully at the arms, you will see the left arm + chin are bold and resembles a T. Now look at the throat, it is bold as well and looks like an I. Two eyes (I's) are open and we already have one of them. The other I is on the side of the milk carton, look at the thick arrow pointing downward, the I is just above it. Now it comes to the crying stick figure. A crying sound makes a "Waa" so Waa+I+T = "Wait". The cow on the carton is also a hint to what we should wait for. And the last part, suffix has "ME" in it (It is literally there in the rebus). So we have the proverb "Wait until the cows come home". Also it might be just me but if you look at the head of the carton sideways, it somewhat resembles a cartoon house that you can easily draw.

  • $\begingroup$ The answer is wrong, but you got the first part correct! i.e. for Hint 3, you have answered the first question correct! :P $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 10:14
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    $\begingroup$ Hmmm. I will be needing a few more hints though. Tell me, is it a proverb that you are using? $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 10:16
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    $\begingroup$ Let us continue this discussion in chat. $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 10:34
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe I should have waited for the bounty Xd $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 11:21
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    $\begingroup$ Let us continue this discussion in chat. $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 12:24

I think the actual answer is

There's no use crying over spilt milk.


The crying over spilt milk part has already been addressed by Shahriar. The crucial miss part is There's no use. There are two clues pointing to this. First, there is no you in the picture, only me. Also the title says that the "Two Eyes are Actually Open" but we don't observe this as there is no U-shape completing the curve of the eyes i.e, There's no Us"

  • $\begingroup$ That is a good try, but unfortunately not the answer. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 12:38

I think the answer is:

Why me!
The suffix is in the rebus - that's the "me" part
There are emboldened lines picturing the body and the arms that form the letter "Y" which is equal to "Why" Also saying "why" starts with "whaaa" which is pretty much wailing.

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    $\begingroup$ @user477343 Anywhere close? $\endgroup$
    – rhsquared
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 19:10
  • $\begingroup$ That is not the answer, but you are looking in the right area! The emboldened lines are definitely important, and sorry for not replying sooner. (I was away on school camp.) You also nailed the crying part, so good job on that, and you have also linked the two in the correct fashion. Perhaps instead of seeing a Y, maybe look for different letters (sometimes you need to look closely to see the bigger picture) :P $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 10:36

Ok maybe I've been looking at this too long but I'm seeing quite a lot in this rhebus.

In addition to the obvious proverb about crying over spilt milk

1. Woe is me

Because of

The wah sound for cry but with an O made from the head

And the

I comes from the left closed eye on the milk carton. If you look at it sideways, it looks like a face with one eye open and one shut (more later) and with a squiggle for a mouth. The mouth can either be an s or a 5. The me comes from the actual me

  1. Next I think

There is the phrase sleeping with one eye open because of the face on the milk carton.

  1. This is more nebulous but I think the idea of

A black cloud hanging over me

because of

Something that looks like a black cloud above the person's head

  1. Also, I haven't made it out yet, but I see the following

Let ters

Such as

S shape in whole of the tongue


2 Ls or 2 7s inside the tongue


W from the eyes of the main face because the eyes look like Us upside down and two of them = double U


There also appears to be a large X in the right hand side of the figure


There also send to be a face in the upper left that looks like Mao but I'm going to chalk this up to sleep dep lol.

So in summary, I'm seeing those phrases and these

Letters W L L X S I S

As well as lots of other

Letters if I really squint, including a C

So if we flip the

W upside down we could get an M which is a Roman numeral along with L, X, I, and S if we interpret as 5 and convert to V.

I'm not totally positive but there could be another phrase:

20,000 leagues under the sea? And maybe even sleeping with the fishes?

Am I close with any of this??


Also it occurs to me that the title refers to the eyes on the

Bull on the milk carton both of which are open

I think one of the hidden sayings is either

Sitting Bull



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    $\begingroup$ That is a remarkable effort. I understand the third spoiler perfectly well, so no need to touch up on that later if you don't have to; and after reading that, I'm never gonna look at my drawing the same ever again, haha. But unfortunately, none of the proverbs are correct. The closest one is the first one you proposed (the "waa" sound is correct; the S is in the right spot (being at the end of a word); and the intended proverb definitely ends with a me (though not in the way your first-proposed proverb does. This is a hint, which might even extend on Hint 1.)). But overall, brilliant answer! $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 13:31

Hmm a tricky rebus!

A possible answer would be

Bottom's Up! The bottom of the milk carton has an arrow pointing up :)

If not, the suffix may be

ME. After all, it is in the rebus!

By the way, nice touch on the stains!

  • $\begingroup$ No. Good attempt, but unfortunately not the answer. And also, thank you! The stains were a little difficult to make (because too much water would have ruined it) :P Hint: Think about where the arrow is pointing up! (And if you didn't notice, there is an arrow pointing downwards, too). $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, and yes, you got the suffix correct. I apologise if my above comment thus proved to be misleading... $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 2, 2018 at 10:54

Maybe -

Crying over spilled milk

Some notes:

Noticed three italic words below the rebus worrying, already & real, maybe they are a clue towards the message you are looking for, need some more work to figure out what it is.

More notes

acrostic of Hint2 spells out twain, which is an archaic word for two. crying sounds can be wail, whimper, sob or weep. not sure which one is intended yet.

Final Touches:

it is found in the discussion that the answer is-
Wait until the cows come home.
So the word in the bonus hint is -wait (to finish , rather wait...)
The two eyes in the title refers to two I's in the pic, one in the emboldened part of the body, one above the down pointing arrow
the missing word is either come or home, since it ends with me, though i would say it is come, because the upper part of the milk carton looks to me like a drawing of a house(i.e. home) like i used to draw when i was a kid. so the only word missing is come.
the explanation of the actual message is-wa(crying sound)+It (the emboldened parts spell -it)
up+2(thinnest arrows point up and number of legs 2)synonym of up to is until.
picture of cow + letters S beside the down arrow makes cows
giving us -wait until the cows,
and the- come home part was a nice guess work from R.D

  • $\begingroup$ Nope. That's not it. It's not what you first think. I mean, you are right... but to a certain extent... thus you are not receiving the bounty with this answer :D $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 5:00
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    $\begingroup$ Also, the italic notes are definitely the clues (to both answers actually: yours and the intended answer!) :D $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 14:49
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe rot13(jbeevat nyernql erny?) $\endgroup$
    – u-ndefined
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 10:09
  • $\begingroup$ @u_ndefined nope, that is not it. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 10:12
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    $\begingroup$ When I say crying sounds, think of actual sounds. If I was crying, I wouldn't be saying "wail", would I? :P $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 10:13

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