Friday, October 30, 2009

Mike's Birthday Puzzle - Main Clue

This is a continuation of the puzzle I talk about here and here.

I actually received this in the mail a while ago, but I wanted to try to figure it out on my own before posting it. Here's what I received in the mail from Mike (click for larger):I've already figured out a lot of it (and found some secret messages in the list of words)... but I'm not going to give any hints yet, so you guys can work together to figure it out. If it turns out inside knowledge is needed from me (I think it may be in a couple of places), I'll chime in in the comments. Have fun!

7 comments:

  1. All I need is to write a computer program to figure out the secret messages. It is just a simple string replacement with some human assistance. Programmers have an unfair advantage in a puzzle like this.

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  2. Ah, classic vowel removal in the first picture.

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  3. Ah yes. It all makes sense now.

    You're going to need a fork lift for your present, because if my deductions are correct, it's three tonnes of krill and a luminous vest.

    I've not won that many puzzles.

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  4. I'm concerned about Jen. She didn't post on Halloween. I hope the unholy candy didn't get her. (http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/prophetic-insight/23723-the-danger-of-celebrating-halloween?showall=1) ROFL

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  5. Nah, she's just acquired a life/got lain.

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  6. "iT ReLLY FoRCeD Me To LooSeN uP" lead me to the realization that serenity, lament, feather, lady, summer, life, spy, memory, study, lion, rose, fairy, prince, block, butterfly, control, mother, manequin, medieval, Greek, orange, friend creation, indigo, perseverance, forbidden, always, flamingo, attack, flower, escape, dragon, eagle, fishing, strawberry, disco, and creek are all words used in titles of Jen's artwork. That's 37 out of the 100 words in the wonderword list. This could just be part of the puzzle's customization, or perhaps there's more significance. The associated letters DBWKFCIGIMHAYSUSTRAIGHEDRRSUQZEWTATUT might be an anagram, but it's beyond my ability to completely break it up into words.

    Erik

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  7. Yup, coders do have an unfair advantage (along with anyone on Linux who has a word list easily to hand!). With the aid of a little Python (http://paste.pocoo.org/show/147958/) the following's my effort:

    DELICIOUS HANDS
    DEMENTED BRAINCHILD
    SHE HAS THE MOST PERSONALITY
    BUNCH OF SAVAGES IN THIS TOWN
    THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY IRONIC

    SOLD IT TO AN ACQUAINTANCE
    IT LOOKS LIKE AN OLD STORYBOOK
    ITS TOO INTRIGUING FOR WORDS
    IT REALLY FORCED ME TO LOOSEN UP
    I WANT TO BE THERE RIGHT NOW

    APPROX SEVEN HOURS
    THE CARPET AND WALLS
    ITS THE ANSWER TO ?AMEN/MAN/MEN? TOO
    MOST PEOPLE ARENT CRAZY ENOUGH
    HUMANS AND ELVES ARE VERY SIMILAR

    BEAUTIFUL YET DANGEROUS
    CREEPY IN LIKABLE WAY
    IT LOOKS LIKE HE HAS A ?BOOK/BIKE/BEAK?
    LOVE THIS ONE BECAUSE ITS SO CUTE
    MOST OF THEM ARE FALLING APART

    WE ARE OFTEN TORN
    PLEASE DONT STONE ME
    ARE YOU ALWAYS ON CRACK
    SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
    SHE WENT TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN

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