I was talking with a friend via SMS when suddently, he sent me a strange message :


I asked what was going on but he didn't answer me ...
Can someone help me, what did he tell me ?


Hint 1 :

Tags can help you

Hint 2 :

Context is like size ... it matters.

Hint 3 :

This is a joke, there are only 2 hints.

  • $\begingroup$ I edited the question to correct the sentence $\endgroup$ Aug 4, 2015 at 13:50

1 Answer 1


If you interpret each two-digit number as

The second number repeated the first number of times, so that (39) becomes 999,

We can interpret the full string as:


Which looks a lot like

Texting on an old phone keyboard.

Interpreting the numbers in this way gives us the string


Which, with spaces, says

My Nokia is out of yrett.,

I expect this last word is 'battery' backwards, since ".," would be AB if it were on the second key, and not the first. I have yet to determine why that last word is backwards in the first place.

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    $\begingroup$ Was it really THAT easy ? $\endgroup$ Aug 4, 2015 at 13:48
  • $\begingroup$ @therandomguy, tell us why that last word is backwards! $\endgroup$
    – Glinka
    Mar 13, 2016 at 14:28

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