As your starship cruises through the expanse of space, you receive a message from a dear old friend.

My dear friend,

A sylvan heir forced us to a-long paint. (t, w) I find sun cloth in your protected shirt. (s, s) A ship with slandering perception to gratuitously kick is on a sheep sheet. (l, f, r)

Finally, pair up and search for the triplet. Meet me in that sector number.

Commander X

What is trying to be said here? Why all the secrecy?


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A TREASON (sylvan heir = tree son) forced us to WITHDRAW (a-long paint = with draw). I find SOLACE (sun cloth = sol lace) in your SAFETY (protected shirt = safe tee). A ship with LICENSE (slandering perception = lie sense) to FREEBOOT* (gratuitously kick = free boot) is on a RAMPAGE (sheep sheet = ram page).

There's an odd number of words, so maybe "pair them up and look for the triplet" means we should be grouping the words somehow. Two of the words have 6 letters, two have 8 letters, but three have 7 letters. That means we're meeting at sector 7?

* (Thanks to M Oehm)

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    $\begingroup$ Could this be the F word? $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jan 31, 2019 at 21:05
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm Nice! I wasn't familiar with that word. I was only looking for words with "fri-" for some reason... $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Jan 31, 2019 at 21:23

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