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03/24/2014

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Andrew

All the letter's with highlighted symbols have 6 in common

Liam

000xyz is a youtube user who reviews power rangers episodes

looks like he is approx correct age to be at uwo now.

A

Have you thought about poking holes in the paper where the coloured symbols are, and placing them over the pages they were found by? Seems a bit simple, but maybe...

Barry

The above description of each note, along with the numerical indicators of location, shelving, pages recall the short story by Jorge Luis Borges, "The Library of Babel." The narrative unfolds in an imaginary library and while quantifiable details are given by Borges, such as shelves, books, lines in books, letters on lines, these are perhaps red herrings. The information contained in the Library is useless and inaccessible because it cannot be shared or understood, much like the ciphers on these pages.

Are these recent artifacts somehow symbolic of of information in general, impossible to decipher and thus useless, yet still housed within a library? A comment/piece of installation art perhaps that denigrates the idolatry of information for information's sake?

N.K.

Could you kindly investigate the following and share what you find:
1 - Name of the last person who had signed out the book, before the discoverer.
2 - Date/Time of the last sign out of the book, before discovery of the envelope inside.

N.K.

Could you also kindly list the markings on the objects that accompanied the "messages"

Kurt

There are 52 symbols. (52/2 = 26; Double the alphabet for upper/lower?)

There are three messages, one for each of the items included in the envelope. The message lengths differ because of the image on the page - it changes the format for the column, thus ending earlier in the message.
Therefore, the longest versions of each message are:
1. Feather - Glass
2. Gem - Glass/Table
3. Leaf (only one uncovered)

Jason

Hi for your considerations there are 3 main letter types with variations.

Letter 1 Variants


[A] Blue Oval Crystal - Empty Glass
[A] Pink Round Crystal - Table

[B] Blue Round Crystal - Empty Vase
[B] Aquamarine Square Crystal - Empty Vase
[B] Green Oval Crystal - Empty Vase
[B] Blue Oval Crystal - Empty Vase

[C] Blue Round Crystal - Empty Frame

[D] Blue Oval Crystal - Open Box


Letter 2 Variants

[A] Pink Feather 2 Green Dots on plumage, 1 green stripe 1 white stripe on stem - Table
[A] Pink Feather 2 Green Stripes on plumage, 1 white stripe on stem - Table
[A] Green Feather 2 white stripes with 2 dots above top stripe on plumage - Table

[B] Orange Feather 2 red stripes one white overlay red on plumage, red stripe white stripe on stem - Empty Glass
[B] Pink Feather, white stripe green stripe on stem at base - Empty Glass
[B] Orange Feather, full red stem - Empty Glass
[B] Pink Feather, green stripe top of stem white stripe bottom of stem - Empty Glass

Letter 3 Variants

[A] Green Round Leaf, red dot + aquamarine dot - Pillow

AM

They didn't make the font. These appear to be taken from other fonts. I found the fishhook here: http://www.identifont.com/list?4+hook+4+2LT+1+9HK+1+KHZ+1+1WHY+1+27MZ+1

Other items seem harder to search for as they are very common, but maybe someone with more time could find them. In that font the fish hook is the letter g.

Estela

There is a repetition of symbols in most of the notes which have a jewel they repeat the same pattern for example in the note number 6,10,13 14,15 they always follow this scheme: they all start the same ( gem,cube,tree,...etc the first line is identical, most of the rest of the "text" is identical and only some symbols are cut out just at the end of the page could it be that if there were enough "cut" symbos to create an alphabet and make a word subsitution and maybe they just put 24 more symbols to throw us off?

YukonSue

I may be off, but the items (feathers/gems/leaf) look like they contain morse code on them . May be over thinking it but was what I saw immediately in each item. Good luck!

lroeeaef

It can't be Japanese. It's likely supposed to be translated into a language that can be read linearly from left to right or right to left, as, the lines are spaced just so perfectly to allow for that kind of reading. These notes do not seem to be read up to down, or diagonally.

Adamdonnie

The Zodiac letters are very compariable to the types of symbols used.

kevin

i would like to see all notes if i can

Vicki

I initially thought that letters stuck between pages 16 and 17 were a reference to the year 1617, but maybe it has nothing to do with that. 68 is 17x4, so maybe we should expect that one quarter of the notes are stuck between pages 68 and 69 and somehow they are "weightier". 17 is a weird number to use, as it's a prime number, whereas 16 is a power of 2, but they're not getting reports of them being stuck between pages 64 and 65 (64 is 16x4).

ALS

I watch to much American television. The note looks like a prop I saw on the Mentalist. It is supposedly a list of corrupt cops and politicians. So there is more than likely no solution, it's just a bunch of random symbols but that just my opinion.

Walter Cooke

As noted in the comment concerning printer steganography "Posted by: Hello 03/24/2014 at 01:01 PM", I would check each of the pages under blue light to read the tiny yellow dots of the printer identification code, since it seems that each page came from a colour laser printer. They tell you the serial number and time of printing from the laser printer. Obviously we can't telephone Scotland Yard and ask them to provide the details on who owns that printer, but knowing the code can first potentially identify the type of printer used, and possibly narrow down demographics on the owner/user.

Hope this helps! (Or perhaps someone has a friend at the RCMP who can provide assistance ID-ing the actual printer from the code?)

ano201

I went to blog.ca and searched for "Western University". A few profiles showed up. Maybe the person who created the 000xyz profile also has an another account there.

Kyle

Lots of good stuff here. Come on over to the subReddit and x-post and get things fired up there.
http://www.reddit.com/r/UWOCipher/

Tony Pi

1. I am assuming substitution but two sets, upper and lowercase as someone suggested.

2. Key is to find the spaces between words, if they are words. Thinking square symbols are spaces, at least.

3. Very low incident of doubled symbols, odd for English unless speculation in 1 is true.

Derek

As Hello mentioned as well, since it was printed with a color printer, if it was printed by a Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, IBM, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lanier, Lexmark, Ricoh, Toshiba or Xerox brand color laser printer then there is information about the printer serial number and time/date of printing encoded in almost-invisible yellow dots printed on the paper.

Unfortunately the steganography of most printer brands hasn't been decoded, but if it was printed with a Xerox or Epson, you might be able to decode it using this guide from the EFF:
http://w2.eff.org/Privacy/printers/docucolor/

Dewi Morgan

That URL is a blank blog, as people will have noted.

But to me it looks like a template for a blog name: three letters, three characters.

For example, 123abc.blog.ca exists and appears to contain strange random information - not a real blog, possibly related to this puzzle, possibly a deliberate red herring?

Possibly worth getting in touch with the blog.ca people and asking if they have an older copy of that blog backed up, or if there are other blog users with a similar pattern that might help. Or whether there's hidden information in that "empty" blog page that would not normally be there on a true default empty blog page.

Crystal

The 000xyz.blog.ca link is called DBW Stack and tracks visitors. Has anyone else noticed that??

Jaime

I just went to the 000xyz.blog.ca link and it was blank. However, Google Chrome told me the page was in Catalan and asked if I wanted it translated. Perhaps this is a clue? The Wikipedia entry on Catalan seems to indicate some very interesting grammar rules, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_language

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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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