# What should I do with these emails?

I've been sent a bunch of very odd emails recently, starting on Monday and sent daily until last Thursday. I'm not 100% sure what they mean or why I am being sent them, but perhaps you could help me.

Every email is sent from someone called 'advice@email-help.com' and the subject is always 'Advice for emails'. However, all the emails seem to be gibberish! They include a time, and some random word and thats it!

I've transcribed them below, in the order I received them. Perhaps you could figure out the advice that I am being sent?

Monday

6:38 PRELUSIVE
1:38 ENNOBLES
3:08 SPELLING
6:38 BACKWARD
3:52 SAFEGUARD
9:23 DEFLECTED

Tuesday

6:15 ARTICGUSTS
1:38 EXAMINABLE
6:38 PRELECTFUL
6:23 CABBAGE

Wednesday

3:52 AGEDFIND
9:53 INEXCITABLE
1:53 FLAGGED
9:15 CHILDISHBOYS

Thursday

7:15 FLOWERED
6:38 DIALOGED
1:38 XXXXXXXX

After that, the emails stopped. I should probably ignore them, but they've been stuck in my mind.

## What should I do with these emails?

• The Gerbil hath posted another puzzle!
– matt
Sep 28 '20 at 19:04

The italicised letters

spell XTH LETTERS backwards.

Using that,

we can index into each word by the three digits of the time to get a message:
SEVEN SEG / ACDFG / ADEFG / ACE / ABCEFG / ABEFG / BCEFG / ABCDEF / EG / ADEFG

Interpreting these

as seven-segment display letters, they spell out SEMAPHORE.

interpreting the given times as semaphore, we get the answer ALWAYS FLAG YOUR MAIL.