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03/23/2014

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Platus

I created a subreddit to help organize the discussion better and to perhaps draw Reddit's cryptography fans over. Here it is: http://www.reddit.com/r/UWOCipher/

Dasha

I think that all of the symbols are from Dingbat Fonts. There is a mechanical consistency that you couldn't accomplish freehand. If one had all the fonts, it would be possible to match the symbols to keyboard characters. Really tedious, and it may not mean anything.

NJH

Try googling webdings or dingbat fonts to see lots of fonts/symbols in various styles. If you can match the style you will find what the original characters typed were.
Good Luck!

Dasha

I'll let someone who wants to know what it says do that. A lot of work just to find out it's some kind of attempted viral marketing for IKEA.

MikePMoffatt

I posted some additional information about the notes. Hope this helps: http://www.swontario.ca/2014/03/what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-about-the-16-weldon-notes.html

1337roll

Maybe we should stop thinking about how the symbols could translate to a language we can understand. It might be a re-direction to another structure of logic, for example math or a page on a book and a line. (we did find them in books)

Mary

You need to find people who like rebus puzzles. Knowledge of Egyptology and chemistry is advantageous.

Note 6 starts:

In English:
Crystal clarity without my leaving a key causes you difficulty in finding the truth.

Rough Translation:
Crystal clarity without my leaving (a)key difficulty to make you choose all of (the)truth.

Further Explanation:
Crystal/diamond (the gem)- Note: This may not be part of the sentence. Usage of the symbol later in the text may make this clearer.
clarity - square-tree
without - reversed hieroglyph for 'w'
my - hieroglyph for 'i'
leaving - leaf/leave
Key - picture of key
difficulty - skiing sign for difficult hill
make you - eye of Horus meaning "to make someone"
choose - pick symbol on paint programs
all of - picture of olive
truth - logic symbol white square for "it is provable that"


Nathan

So I performed some quick google-fu, the blog username "000xyz" returns among other thing a youtube channel to a dude reciting some lantern oaths which appear to be some side story to the green lantern, all about colors and mysterious symbols etc. I'm hoping I'm wrong here and this is something more elaborate than some adult sized juvenile playing comic book games at UWO.

jiffy

noticed that there's mainly two letters/notes with differing endings.
When there's a jewel it starts:
jewel box tree bird...
When there's a feather it's:
circle fancysquare bird feather...

and most of the notes are identical (depending on the jewel-feather) until you get to the end where it looks like they've run out of room for some of them.

Vicki

There looks to be a logic "and" sign (look up logic gates) but turned on its side--so this might mean "and" or "but".
There's also a knot symbol so this might mean "not".
At the end of some of the feather notes (if long enough), there's an arrow and a viewfinder symbol. Coupled with Mary's insights, this could mean "and the truth will lead you to the goal of..." or "and the truth will lead you to find..."
There's a symbol that looks like the head of a fish and one like the tail, so maybe these mean "start" and "end", respectively.
Maybe the apple means "fruit" (or "result") or "apply"?
The circle with a line through it could be a zero, but then again, if it means "nothing", it's semi-redundant to "without"; so maybe it means "across" (symbol of diameter of a circle).
There's a trillium or Venn diagram-looking symbol, so it might mean "overlap" or "even".
I'm sure others are guessing the shamrock means "luck" or "lucky", the hand means "hand" or "touch", etc., so I won't get into those.

If I get more time, I'll try it some more, but it's pretty tricky. I figured Egyptian hieroglyphics would play a role (like what Mary said), but I don't have detailed knowledge of it. This person is making use of symbols from various fields and in different ways, like phonetic vs. a symbol that reflects the actual meaning. I'm not ruling out the possibility that each symbol doesn't necessarily mean the same thing in each instance either.

Andey

I would look into the meanings behind some of these symbols. Several people have suggested mathematics, chemistry, computers. Also there are cultural pictographs as well. The yin yang symbol refers to balance.

As someone else mentioned, it could be a marketing campaign by IKEA, since the household objects pictured are things you can find at IKEA.

Either way, it should be fun to play around with these.

james

Greetings

Is it possible for you to some how group the pictures together. for example I noticed there 5 letters(glass, box, table, vase, frame) could you restructure the pictures so all the glass ones are in line, then vase, table , and so forth. I'm not sure if there is a connection between the pictures in the letters but its hard scrolling so far to try and compare

James

Try this. Sorority: probably a secret one. Object refers to addressee. Also, symbol matching object would be addressee. Picture at the bottom might refer to sender or subject matter. 50% of students involved probably where glasses.

M Ryan

Who created the title Reflections on Southwestern Ontario?

This may be relevant to solving the puzzle.

M Ryan

I see the answer with crystal clarity. I notice the typepad is the media giant is owned by Conrad Black. My crystal clarity will also give the answer for Flight 370. It will require some redirect to engage in the rigours of testing Hawking's Theory of the Universe, Black Holes and the Theory of Everthing triggered by a singular event. I can provide the data for the singular event.

I do not facebook, twitter or blog. If the present global inequities are not exposed through genetics and social structure, we are on a downward spiral of self destruction.

How can I trust this typepad given the global owner?

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Mike Moffatt is an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey. An economist by training, Mike's interests relate to the intersection of societal issues, public policy, economic growth, monetary policy and firm level strategy.
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