My great-aunt is one of those stuffy old ladies whose house looks like it was transported intact from the 1950s. It always smells a little like mothballs, and the amount of framed embroideries and cross-stitch on the walls makes it difficult to determine the pattern on the faded wallpaper.
She's a nice enough person, but not exactly the most scintillating conversationalist, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, she's been trying for years to get me to come to her house for a visit, but I've always "unfortunately" had something else scheduled whenever she tries to make a date. I'm sure she's figured out by now that I'm brushing her off, but she doggedly keeps trying.
She recently learned that I'm a big puzzle fan, and shortly thereafter, the following email appeared in my inbox:
From: Great Aunt Edna
Subject: Won't you join me for tea?
My dear great-nephew. You have avoided me long enough. Please solve the following, and then we can discuss it when you come to visit.
Much love, Aunt Edna
FU DD IR RH EH NF UR LE 2M TH UL MN NX SS DN NR S2 ½½ MT
She just cornered me at the latest family gathering with a calendar and made me pick a date and time to get together. Can you help me solve the puzzle so that we at least have something in common to discuss when we meet?
- Yes, I am aware of Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do?
- Yes, I tagged this puzzle correctly. No additional tags are needed.
- The story is 99% flavourtext. There are a few small hints as to the content of the message, but nothing that will help you solve the puzzle.
EDIT: I fear that I may have misled people by declaring that "no additional tags are needed." When I wrote that, I was thinking mostly of the cipher tag, which does not apply here. There is one tag that I considered adding, but, getting a little pedantic, I felt that it didn't directly apply. It probably would, however, give a lot of clues as to the solution of the puzzle. Since there has been little progress as yet, I will mention it here: rebus This puzzle doesn't fit the tag, according to the tag description, but it certainly does employ certain similar methods.
The spaces are entirely irrelevant to the puzzle. They only serve to structure it a little more nicely. Try munging all the letters together and see if that helps at all.
½s are very suspicious... $\endgroup$