I opened my email today to find this odd image.

whirl of letters

I suddenly had a strange craving, which fortunately I was able to satisfy outside my local Starbucks—-I happened to be driving by literally as the stand was being set up, and immediately found the next parking space and walked over, getting there before the folks who ended up forming a queue behind me. It's always nice being able to skip the line....

Anyways. What is it that I had to have?

Now that you know what I have here, you know you're jealous. If not, you're either lying, or unAmerican. You monster.


Always look before you leap!

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    $\begingroup$ Rot13(Gur fcveny pbhyq cbvag ng Terra Neebj (be Terra Ynagrea?) sebz gur Whfgvpr Yrnthr bs Nzrevpn (jubfr vavgvnyf ner gur pncvgny yrggref sebz gur gvgyr). Zber boivbhfyl, gur jbeqf "guvf jnl" vaqvpngr va juvpu qverpgvba gb ernq gur yrggref.) $\endgroup$ – Arnaud Mortier Mar 19 at 3:02
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    $\begingroup$ i can see the phrases - 'THIS WAY' and 'WE BUY' also if you hover over the image the tooptip will give you the order of the letters inside out $\endgroup$ – CodeBoyCode Mar 19 at 9:30
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    $\begingroup$ Rot13(Abg na nafjre, ohg onfrq ba gur gvzvat va Nzrevpn, gur pbzzbanyvgl bs cbchc ybpngvbaf bhgfvqr bs pbssrr fubcf, naq abg yvxvat gurz orvat haNzrevpna, gur svefg guvat V gubhtug bs vf Tvey Fpbhg Pbbxvrf - naq abj V jnag fbzr!) $\endgroup$ – PartyHatPanda Mar 19 at 19:07
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    $\begingroup$ nvm, it's just a big incoherent mess $\endgroup$ – nine9 Mar 20 at 6:57
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe it's alphabet soup ;) $\endgroup$ – nine9 Mar 20 at 9:25

Following the hint's advice to

look before we leap,

let us begin

at the outermost T

and then

repeatedly advance by N places where N is the alphabet-position of the letter we're currently at.

We get



  • $\begingroup$ Facepalm! I did this but started with the I after This Way! :-( GJ! $\endgroup$ – arbitrahj Mar 25 at 0:37
  • $\begingroup$ aaahhhhhhh. Well done! I was sitting with this for a while, couldn't get the key. And strangely I was thinking about minty cookies the whole time... $\endgroup$ – nine9 Mar 25 at 13:49

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