I asked a graphic designer friend to look over a draft of a job application I'd put together. He looked it over and quickly said, "There's one big thing wrong with this."

I asked what it was and he gave me the note below.

What specifically did he not like about my draft?

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Another note (HINT):

Since I couldn't interpret his note, he gave me another one:

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you put this in a Google Doc? $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2018 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ so far, no. the fonts don't transfer over, so the necessary info is lost. $\endgroup$
    – Stidgeon
    Oct 2, 2018 at 1:18
  • $\begingroup$ This is all I got so far: (ROT13) Rhn ftr ghm ux tuex mh cnwzx t uhhd ur bml vhoxk unm rhn vtg vxkmtbger cnwzx ur bml mrixytvx. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:07
  • $\begingroup$ @user477343 - I don't think that's heading anywhere, as far as I can tell. $\endgroup$
    – Stidgeon
    Oct 7, 2018 at 19:11
  • $\begingroup$ I know, I was only joking :P. In other words, I am finding this puzzle a little difficult. Perhaps a hint would be nice? :P Edit: Sorry, don't mean to sound rude. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Oct 7, 2018 at 23:13

1 Answer 1



Comic Sans

How I got it:

Step 1:

The text of the message does not matter at all. What matters is font choice. If you assign each font a letter, you'll end up with:
The hint is very useful in verifying some of the more difficult letters.

Step 2:

The puzzle is a simple substitution cipher. As you're going through it, you'll need to work out the proper spacing for the code.
abc defgch if abc jkea edlcm ie abc gcihm dn fkeo adqps dem if eka hcqkllcemcm jkh hcftlcf

Step 3:

The cipher reveals the hidden phrase:
"the answer is the font named in the weird al song tacky and is not recommended for resumes"

Step 4:

Go watch Weird Al's song "Tacky" and listen for font names.
Or just click this link and go to the exact moment of the song in which it is said.

Fun puzzle @Stidgeon, I really enjoyed it.


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