Looking around inside an antique shop, I come across an old hand mirror. I pick it up and notice something written on its edges. Carved on it are the words below.

Effortful list freaks esteemed at specially prescribed figures, imply me

Can you figure out what this means?

  • $\begingroup$ Translated from Latin, the title is "Between the first non parent". $\endgroup$
    – Duck
    Commented Sep 13, 2019 at 3:35
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    $\begingroup$ @Duck are you sure - "Primus Inter Pares" is "First among equals" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primus_inter_pares), so wouldn't it be something like "First among unequals" ? $\endgroup$
    – racraman
    Commented Sep 13, 2019 at 3:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Duck as racraman pointed out, "First among unequals" is the intended meaning of the title. I realize that it is grammatically incorrect given that "non" is used with verbs but I hoped the meaning would come across. $\endgroup$
    – greysaff
    Commented Sep 13, 2019 at 4:06

1 Answer 1


if you

take the second letter of each word

you get

first prime

Which is

2, which is first among [non]equals?


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