This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #6: Is it really that [time] again?.

I was going on a blind date with a fellow puzzler and they sent me this:

Text Message Conversation

I didn't end up going on the date, got mixed messages. But if I did, how might I have recognized them?


A: Ok, so the pier it is then! When should we meet?

B: I can do exclusively 1:17 or 7:56 or 6:21

B: Hopefully that doesn't raise any red flags

A: That works, and how will I recognize you?

B: I'll wear a distinctive three letter accessory.
   If you're my age and as good a puzzler as you say,
   you should be able to figure it out :)

A: I knew I shouldn't have expected a straight answer 🙄
  • $\begingroup$ So I assumed I was missing another step. That's why I deleted my answer, if you are wondering. $\endgroup$
    – ACB
    Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 22:47
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    $\begingroup$ @ACB - gotcha :) yours was certainly a correct answer, but my date was so unwilling to give a straight answer that it could be solved another way too. I guess they were worried I'd be too old? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 23:09

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Your partner will wear a


Looking at the times they gave you,

we can make three clock faces. Then as hinted by red flags, we decode them as flag semaphore.
which gives the three letter word 'wig'.

However, I am not sure how you can recognize that, unless I am missing something in the message. But since you're their age and good a puzzler, you will be able to figure it out.

  • $\begingroup$ They might have worn that! But they were just so unwilling to give a straight answer ... :p $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 8, 2023 at 18:30

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