Peptiberg: Hello, friend. Why do you look so pleased?

Tippgeber: My friend just had a change of profession - from a divisive one to a constructive one.

Peptiberg: Was it a smooth transition?

Tippgeber: Yes, but it did involve being eaten up, digested and expelled by a bird.

Peptiberg: A real bird?

Tippgeber: A valid, full-fledged bird. That's what I sed.

Peptiberg: I have to admit I wouldn't expect that method of transition to work in this economy. Can this bird help me find new employment too?

Tippgeber: Probably not. It only works on very particular things, and my friend's vocation was quite niche within the field.

Peptiberg: Well, you seem to think this was overall a change for the better.

Tippgeber: Oh yes, the new job may be old-fashioned, but at least the sign above the door has name recognition in the high-tech Communications age.

Peptiberg*: You're breaking up. I think our connection just got cut off. I'm sure you can no longer hear me, but I wish to ask what the two occupations are! If only I knew what that bird was...


The bird's designation is a full sed program.

Also a hint:

The professions aren't exactly on the top 18 lists. In fact, I've arguably never heard of either one being a profession per se, but they are reasonably within the realm of occupation.

A revival hint:

The puzzle is stated by the German one. @KateGregory has framed most of the solution but the anagrams are just for fun.

*This name is not a hint.

I am not aware of any typos.


I don't have an answer exactly, but I'm looking for

Two professions, one divisive, one constructive, that are anagrams


their names are anagrams


the unix command awk 1 will probably be involved. "bird" and "sed" point to that.

  • $\begingroup$ Keep it a little more literal and direct than that with your 3rd observation to discover the key. That will lead you back to the first observation. $\endgroup$ – WAF Nov 11 '18 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ Also, good noticing #2, but it's not a clue! $\endgroup$ – WAF Nov 11 '18 at 17:35

Partial Answer:

As it was mentioned that "Peptiberg" is not a hint, it is reasonable to guess that "Tippgeber" is a hint, though I don't know how.


"niche" (instead of "nice") may be a hint, and thanks to @SteveV, "sed" is a hint

  • $\begingroup$ Good job breaking the ice. Your first idea would be helped by application of one of the tags, but it is altogether secondary. Your second one should be taken at face value. And your 3rd is central to the solution and related to another tag. (I didn't tag this "knowledge" because I thought that would be covered more specifically by the ones I used.) $\endgroup$ – WAF Nov 11 '18 at 15:33

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