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Blake's (sort of) Perplexing Puzzles -- Puzzle II: A Lot of Chemistry

Monday, August 21, 2017


“Huh?... Oh…”

It’s Mr. James. You’ve been daydreaming for ten minutes, and you’re very late to class.

“Go back to class.”

“But… there was…”

You look back. There’s nothing there.

“You’re daydreaming. Again.”


You go back inside for another hour of chemistry class. Mr. James writes a bunch of numbers on the board.

“Do you know what these numbers mean?” asks Mr. James.

He looks at you specifically. You don’t know what the numbers mean. You forgot everything that you were taught. However, you take a deep breath and say…




Hint 1:

You ask Mr. James a question. He says that yes, He is 2. The rest of the class laughs, taking this the wrong way.

Hint 2:

You know that you’ve heard the words “Namu Amida Butsu” very often.

Hint 3: 

You look at a poster, and that’s when it hits you. Each number represents an element. 





All of the words in quotation marks represent different words that can be made from the definitions if you change only one of the letters in the word.

Mars → Mark (Bosnia’s currency)

Mario → Maria (Female name)

Gill → Girl (Young woman)

Start → Smart (“Akamai”, Hawaiian for “smart”)

Bork → Bark (“Woof!”, sound a dog makes)


Now, the puzzle is called “Changes” for a reason. Look for the letters that have changed.


Mars → marK

Mario → mariA

Gill → giRl

Start → sMart

Bork → bArk


The changed letters spell out the word “karma”. 

Solution: karma