# Sphere

## Mark Reed

The introductory rebus may be read as:

* For each of the eight pairs, find the key col. In everything, seek the
zenith, each one half of one thirteenth of the whole.*

Each set of numbers can be scaled upward to be read as global coordinates. Google Earth can be used to locate each of these 16 points. They are locations of the following prominent mountain peaks:

McKinley, U.S. (Alaska) |
Aconcagua,
Argentina |

Solvers must find the *saddle point* or *col* between the
two mountain peaks in each row. In general, the peaks on the right are the *parents* (which
has many definitions) of the peaks on the left, but knowing that is not necessary
to solve the puzzle.

The phrase “each half of one thirteenth of the whole” should
clue the solver that one of the coordinates should be divided up into 26
parts, each part being assigned a letter. The sentence “In everything,
seek the zenith” should clue the solver that only the *zenith* angle
is the coordinate that this should be done with

The *zenith* angle coordinate of the *col* (or *saddle
point*) should thus be assigned a letter. The eight coordinates will
spell **OTTOMANS.**