# Piece de Resistance - Queen Machina, my Majesty, Time for a Hearty Supper!

## 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

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

Hints

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".

• Think I can spot a few of these but wanted to check something... 'spran' - definitely the intended spelling?? Thanks! – Stiv Sep 25 '19 at 15:42
• @Stiv Copy and Paste it out or look at the source... weird font – Bananenkopp Sep 25 '19 at 16:08
• @Bananenkopp D'oh, I see it now! Thanks... – Stiv Sep 25 '19 at 16:09
• Huh, no Jack? That's strange. – Deusovi Sep 25 '19 at 16:40
• @Deusovi I checked in chat, and that was intentional. – ThePuzzlingPlatypus Sep 29 '19 at 17:14

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

RE[S]IN - REIN

escape talk

CH[E]AT - CHAT

current bond (formerly 'spray heart')

TI[D]E - TIE

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)

HA[R]SH - HASH

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?!

• got the last one, not the middle! edited q to get the same answer – Omega Krypton Oct 5 '19 at 4:49

Partial

I believe the phrases clue

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

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

RESIN REIN (?)

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

CHEAT CHAT

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

??? ???

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

WEEST WEST

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

??? ???

Then, perhaps we

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

• I suggest rot13((Y)RNFG) rather than rot13(J(R)RFG). – Gareth McCaughan Sep 25 '19 at 20:25
• Though it's amusing that both seem somewhat credible. – Gareth McCaughan Sep 25 '19 at 20:26
• @GarethMcCaughan Hmm, definitely sounds plausible too - I'll take a second look at it and see what I find – HTM Sep 25 '19 at 20:29
• 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. – Gareth McCaughan Sep 25 '19 at 20:30
• Feels like maybe too many degrees of freedom, though. – Gareth McCaughan Sep 25 '19 at 20:31