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Decode the word coded inside the square:

A.O.O.E D 2
T D C.I.E D
2 T.E.D.D.C
C.A O E O C
E 2.E.2 O E
C O.D A D.E

Hint:

The hint itself is hidden in the square.

Hint 2:

There are two steps! The first shows what to use to decode the second step.

Hint 3:

Rearranging the letters doesn't change anything.

Hint 4 (new):

First-grader would have more then enough math-skills to deal with the letters.

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    $\begingroup$ Doubt it's a coincidence the letters for 'code' and 'decoded' appear in the square.. $\endgroup$ – Tim Couwelier Sep 17 '15 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ addicted 2 code? $\endgroup$ – dmg Sep 17 '15 at 14:11
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    $\begingroup$ @user12365 I think it's just a spreadsheet software thingy. Not relevant to the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – dmg Sep 17 '15 at 16:09
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    $\begingroup$ Why does the 2nd hint remind me of this? $\endgroup$ – Sleafar Sep 17 '15 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Tom I'm not sure what you mean by "Ciphers" but only rearranging the letters does not change anything. $\endgroup$ – kamenf Sep 18 '15 at 18:21
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The hidden word is:

Unveil

Since rearranging the letters doesn't change anything,

the information must be encoded in the frequencies.

In ascending order:

I T A 2 C O D E

This hints at the

International Telegraph Alphabet 2 (ITA-2)

So we can translate the dots.

The source: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:International_Telegraph_Alphabet_2.jpg

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  • $\begingroup$ Took me a few minutes to figure out the code elements were left-to-right rather than top-to-bottom. Should have been more obvious because there are 5 spots for dots along the horizontal axis and 6 spots vertically. Nice catch. $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Sep 22 '15 at 13:11

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