Queen Machina, my Majesty, Time for a Hearty Supper!

This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.
Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Queen King... Jack

No more images... (for the time being), back to words...

$\mathfrak{\text{- rosin control}}$
$\mathfrak{\text{- escape talk}}$
$\mathfrak{\text{- current bond}}$
$\mathfrak{\text{- smallest direction}}$
$\mathfrak{\text{- unpleasant garbage}}$

Rest Assured

1) No obscure words

2) No P.SE usernames involved

3) The answer is a word. The title will make some sense when the answer is found.


Level 1

"Unpleasant garbage" can be replaced by "unpleasant mess".

Level 2

As some of you have suspected in the comments, this puzzle has nothing to do with .

Level 3:

@PiIsNot3 has already correctly identified the logic. 2 more to go!

Level 4:

"Unpleasant garbage" can be replaced by "strict code".

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    $\begingroup$ Think I can spot a few of these but wanted to check something... 'spran' - definitely the intended spelling?? Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 25, 2019 at 15:42
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Copy and Paste it out or look at the source... weird font $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2019 at 16:08
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    $\begingroup$ @Bananenkopp D'oh, I see it now! Thanks... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 25, 2019 at 16:09
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    $\begingroup$ Huh, no Jack? That's strange. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Sep 25, 2019 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi I checked in chat, and that was intentional. $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2019 at 17:14

3 Answers 3


Here's an attempt to tie this up... As already established, the clues here refer to:

Pairs of words whose spellings differ by the removal of a letter.

rosin control


escape talk


current bond (formerly 'spray heart')


smallest direction

WE[E]ST - WEST (found by @PilsNot3 - the two of us both discovered the same solutions to the first two clues independently but I had favoured [L]EAST - EAST here until attempting to spell the linking word out...)

unpleasant garbage (or 'strict code' in hints)


Taking the 'unshared' letters from each pair suggests a solution of:

SEDER - a Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner, which would link with 'supper' in the title. Not sure on the 'Queen Machina' reference - isn't she a Power Rangers baddie?!

  • $\begingroup$ got the last one, not the middle! edited q to get the same answer $\endgroup$ Oct 5, 2019 at 4:49


I believe the phrases clue

pairs of words that differ by one letter, with the second word having one fewer letter than the first.

$ \mathfrak{\text{rosin control}} $


$ \mathfrak{\text{escape talk}} $


$ \mathfrak{\text{spray heart}} $

??? ???

$ \mathfrak{\text{smallest direction}} $


$ \mathfrak{\text{unpleasant garbage}} $

??? ???

Then, perhaps we

take the letter that is subtracted in each phrase to get our final answer, which currently gives us SE?E?

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    $\begingroup$ I suggest rot13((Y)RNFG) rather than rot13(J(R)RFG). $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 25, 2019 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ Though it's amusing that both seem somewhat credible. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 25, 2019 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Hmm, definitely sounds plausible too - I'll take a second look at it and see what I find $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Sep 25, 2019 at 20:29
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, if we use rot13(FCEVGM/FCVEVG) for #3, where rot13(obgu pna ybfr n yrggre) then maybe yours is better than mine because it might lead to something like rot13(FRVMRF) though I don't see either #5 or a title link yet. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 25, 2019 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ Feels like maybe too many degrees of freedom, though. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Sep 25, 2019 at 20:31

Partial Answer:
- unpleasant garbage

messy mess

Final Word:

Should it be SE?EY?


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