Try to make sense of what you see below and give me the answer.

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The single word answer is:


The pigpen cipher is a monoalphabetic cipher that uses unmarked partially drawn boxes for the letters A-I and the same boxes marked with a dot in the center for the letters J-R. That's what the sketch near the top refers to. (There are also wedges with or without a dot for the letters S to Z, but these are not used here: it's a pigpen, not a pigsty.)

The bottom row has eight pairs of overlaid triangles: In each pair, one triangle points either left or right; the other triangle points either up or down. Each of the pairs has either a single star (for the undotted letters A-I) or two stars (for the dotted letters J-R). The fifth and sixth as well as the seventh and eigth pairs share their stars. Each single or double star encodes a single letter:

P: bottom left dotted
I: bottom right undotted
G: bottom left undotted
P: bottom left undotted, again
E: top right bottom left, i.e. centre undotted
N: top right bottom left, i.e. centre dotted

graphical sketch of the above

But, but, ...

... don't we have to know what the overall answer is in order to decode the message? Well, there's a big hint in the title: kOay is Pig Latin for Ok. (Well, either that or it's some wordplay, as the OP points out: kOay is O in Kay, so "Oink!")

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    $\begingroup$ Well done! Funny you found an explanation for the title which wasn't even intentional :D The intention was to interpret it as rot13(B va xnl = Bvax). Well it doesn't matter. Good solve. $\endgroup$ Nov 7, 2023 at 12:33
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    $\begingroup$ Hehe, like any good truffle hog I can find hidden value with ease! Oink, oink! $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Nov 7, 2023 at 12:43
  • $\begingroup$ (To make up for my blunder with explaining the title, here'a relevant punny comic strip I saw today ...) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Nov 12, 2023 at 17:20

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