# Hidden Message: Of Shapes and Numbers

I've created a puzzle quite a while back, unfortunately not many people wanted to play so I'm posting here instead.

The idea is that the image can be decipher to uncover a hidden message. The hint is given:

Hints: “Like time, their true forms are revealed once they’re divided by their seats”

The first step is to figure out how to read the numbers, Joe already figured one part of the first step. The answer of the puzzle will be in text form.

Hope you guys enjoy my game. Any comments on the puzzle is greatly welcome as well.

• You should re-post here. Oct 3, 2014 at 18:41
• I'll freely admit, I'm completely lost on where to start on this one. I see no letters or message in the picture, just a geometric diagram of sorts. I agree with Matt that you should re-post the image here. Oct 3, 2014 at 19:09
• is this like that cicada 3301 cryptography game? (requiring resources beyond the image itself (like image manipulation software)) Oct 3, 2014 at 20:29
• @generalcrispy it appears to be based on a clock (hence the "like time" part of the clue). I'm a bit too tired to think straight, but I'm fairly confident that's the starting point
– Joe
Oct 4, 2014 at 0:49
• One more thing I'm fairly sure is related (but I've just woken up so I'm still too sleepy :-P) is that the numbers in the first quarter (as on a clock face) are the smallest, and each quarter gets larger. Also, looking at individual digits, each quarter only uses a few (4, 5, 1 in lower left, then 3, 6 dominate lower right)
– Joe
Oct 4, 2014 at 10:05

As Joe commented, the numbers seem to get larger as you move around the circle's edge like a clock face. Then the "hint" says "divided by their seat". So if the numbers are getting divided by something, and what they're divided by gets bigger as you move around the circle, the seat must be something that gets bigger as you move around the circle.

Next, starting with the 18 and moving clockwise we can see that each number is divisible by its position in that circle. So that's probably what seat means- position.

Trying the same thing for the outermost rectangle, we start with the 6 and move clockwise and get the same divisibility property. Same for the triangle, starting 20, same again for inner rectangle, starting 13. I'm just going with points on the corner of a shape being members of that shape, points on the sides are ignored, because otherwise we don't get this property of being divisible by incrementing numbers

So going through and dividing, the numbers become:

- Hexagon - 18, 1, 2, 2, 9, 20
- Outer rectangle - 6, 18, 15, 13
- Triangle - 20, 8, 5
- Inner rectangle - 13, 15, 15, 14

One of those comments mentioned converting the numbers by "a common method" and... well, they're all less than 26 now! Let's try turning them into letters alphabetically:

- Hexagon - RABBIT
- Outer rectangle - FROM
- Triangle - THE
- Inner - MOON

Solution:

Rabbit from the moon

• Really nicely done. I couldn't quite piece it all together :-)
– Joe
Oct 5, 2014 at 9:21
• Awesomely done. You're absolutely correct, congratulation :) Oct 5, 2014 at 11:01
• That was great, well done!
– Rafe
Oct 6, 2014 at 12:54