These people are trying to tell you something. What is it?


Also, kudos if you can find the pattern between the images...though you'll have to find the pattern to solve this puzzle in the first place.

Note: The text in some of the images are just citations for those that aren't in the public domain. You can ignore them, as they are not part of the puzzle

  • $\begingroup$ Hopefully I've got the difficulty level right this time 😑... I just can't seem to nail it. $\endgroup$ Jan 12, 2021 at 23:32
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    $\begingroup$ No difficulty is wrong. A hard puzzle will be appreciated by some people and avoided by others, and an easy puzzle will be appreciated by some and avoided by others. There is no "perfect" difficulty. What's more, difficulty will vary between users for the same question. I can solve Statue Parks that some people would consider impossible, but I flounder on even the easiest riddles. I'd suggest to stop worrying about difficulty, or how long it takes people to solve your puzzles (which is dependent on who happens to see it, anyhow) and focus on creating high-quality puzzles of any difficulty. $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Jan 12, 2021 at 23:44

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I believe the message here is:


The people in the images are:

US President John F. Kennedy,
Sprinter Usain Bolt,
Naturalist Charles Darwin,
Novelist George Orwell,
Father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud,
UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin,
US President Barack Obama,
Novelist John Updike.

To read the hidden message:

for each picture, we need to take either the initial of the pictured person's first name or the initial of their surname. Doing this in a way that makes sense (and uses the hidden 'kudos' hint in the puzzle text) we can get:

John F. Kennedy, Usain Bolt, Charles Darwin, George Orwell, Sigmund Freud, Margaret Thatcher, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Yuri Gagarin, Barack Obama, John Updike

In other words, this spells out KUDOS TO YOU!

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    $\begingroup$ You got it. Also, the pattern between the images was LFLLFLLFLL, where L is last name initial and F is first name initial. So you don't have to guess which initial to take if you can spot the pattern, but it's quite simple anyways. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2021 at 0:16
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    $\begingroup$ @marsnebulasoup How are you supposed to spot that pattern, exactly? It's not really long enough to be self-evident without lots of guessing. Is it clued somewhere I'm missing? $\endgroup$
    – tmpearce
    Jan 13, 2021 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ @tmpearce - You're right, it's not that evident... I was thinking that if you do find the message, you should be able to spot the pattern if you look for it, but it's not really necessary to solve the puzzle $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2021 at 3:15

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