# Monks in a temple

Try somehow make sense of the image below. All the necessary information to solve this puzzle is there.

Good luck!

Edit: The puzzle consists of two parts. First, focus on the blue parts(what's inside the 6 rounded blue rectangles/squares). It's only after you've figured out the blue parts you'll(hopefully) understand the number part.

• Does the font in the numbers matter? May 6, 2020 at 2:48
• No, it doesn't. May 6, 2020 at 2:53
• "after you've figured out the blue parts you'll(hopefully) understand the number part" …nope. May 6, 2020 at 14:10
• @Jan Ivan :) Have you fully completed the blue parts? May 6, 2020 at 14:27
• @Prim3numbah fully, means something more than just sentence… I guess I should answer that question somehow with numbers… but I have no idea how May 6, 2020 at 15:10

First (by trial and error):

Find what belongs to what -> 1C, 2A and 3B

Second:

1 means shifting each letter by 13 (or rot13) and read 5 letters on diagonal -> WHATI
2 means starting from middle and read 9 letters -> STHETITLE
3 means 1st row 2nd column (O)+ 1st row 1st column (F) + … and so on -> OFTHISBOOK

Together:

WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK

And numbers:

I have no idea what to do with 5567961971879, I also don't read books in English. When reversed it kind of looks like "black big bless." Maybe it has something to do with "Monks in a temple."

• This is ofc so far correct. As for the numbers(remember the 'knowledge'-tag), rot13((ybbx bayvar ;)) May 7, 2020 at 9:02
• btw, previously when I said: rot13("qba'g gerng gurz nf ahzoref"", V bayl zrnag, gerng vg nf bar ynetr ahzore. Fb ab arrq gb pbaireg gb yrggref(whfg hfr Tbbtyr)) May 7, 2020 at 10:02
• rot13(vagreangvbany fgnaqneq - - - - ahzore) May 7, 2020 at 14:48

I see that nearly two full days has passed with no updates to the first answer, so I will complete the puzzle. @janIvan solved the hardest part of the puzzle, though, so should be given the checkmark.

The solution:

@janIvan found that the first part of the puzzle generates the phrase "What is the title of this book?"

For the second part of the puzzle, the number 5567961971879 is a book ISBN number written backwards. The book is Cryptica, by Paul Laane. The subject matter of the book relates to the title of the puzzle: ten monks are brought, blindfolded, to a sacred hidden temple, called Cryptica.

So the answer to the puzzle is: Cryptica.

• Yes, this is the correct answer :) The tick will go to Jan as he solved the hardest part, like you say. But I'm glad you finished it! May 10, 2020 at 6:25