Each of the following lines were said by various famous personalities. Each line corresponds to one person. There is no relation between these lines. After obtaining the names of these people, A 6 letter word can be formed. This is the name of a technology developed fairly recently. Applying a layer of cipher on this word produces the Latin word from which the English word for reddish yellow, or tawny has originated from. What is the cipher used?

I'm not an amazing cook. But I can follow a recipe!

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

And miles to go before I sleep.

How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Love is a serious mental disease.

It Ain't hard to tell, I'm the East Coast overdose.


2 Answers 2


The Latin word we are looking for is most likely


Working backwards, we can find that

using a Caesar cipher with an offset of 3, we can get CRISRP, which is close enough to a recent technology, CRISPR-Cas9.

That suggests that the way we should have got here is by

Taking the first letter of each person's name: Rachel McAdams, Isaac Newton (wrong), Robert Frost, Sherlock Holmes, Plato and Cristopher George Latore Wallace, the birth name of The Notorious B.I.G.

  • $\begingroup$ Great work! On a scale of 1-10 how difficult do you think this was? $\endgroup$ Commented May 11, 2019 at 15:47

Partial answer

  1. Rachel McAdams.

  2. Howard Newton, but often misattributed to Isaac Newton.

  3. Robert Frost. (The inclusion of the 2nd quote in the 3rd appears to be a mistake.)

  4. Sherlock Holmes. (Famous enough that I couldn't be bothered to find a link.)

  5. Plato, whose real name is unknown.

  6. This guy, apparently.

the Latin word from which the English word for reddish yellow, or tawny has originated from

Presumably we're looking for a 6-letter word here, so ochra can't be the answer ... I'm trying to think of another synonym for this type of colour.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.