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I was wondering what the most important trait for a puzzle creator and/or solver was. I think I've found the answer, but I could be wrong. I thought about it, deconstructed it, put it back together a different way and took it apart again.

In the end, I'm fairly sure that trait is ____________... what, you thought I'd just tell you? No, I worked too hard to figure it out. You'll need to find it yourself. I wrote it down, but it might be hard to read:


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That's it, 12 tiles. But can you find the hidden trait written on them? It won't be easy. You'll know you've found it when you find a 12 letter word. Good luck!

Hint:

To sort one set, you'll need to sort the other.

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Building on rand al'thor's and DooplissForce's answers:

Rearrange the tiles so the blue shapes match up:

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This says "BLAISE", which implies Blaise de Vigenère, meaning we'll probably have to use the Vigenère cipher somewhere.

Rearrange the tiles so the red shapes match up:

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Which spells DANGER. Perhaps the Vigenère key is DANGER?

Another observation:

Each of the twelve squares has one capital letter and one lowercase letter. That makes 12 capitals and 12 lower-case letters. I recorded the pairs of letters e.g. U and w, A and f. That gives us: UACOIWQSKGEM wfrexjakzgry

Given the clue "To sort one set, you have to sort the other":

Notice that the lower-case letters have two 'r's, but the capital have no repeats. That suggests that we should sort by the capitals. Once I started to sort the capitals, I notice that they are regularly spaced, 'A C E G I...', which indicates that I'm on the right path. The sorted letters are now: ACEGIKMOQSUW frrgxzyeakwj

Taking the lower-case letters:

Use 'DANGER' as a Vigenère key on them

Resulting in:

creativeness!

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    $\begingroup$ Ay well done! :) $\endgroup$ – DooplissForce Feb 20 '17 at 3:35
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(Partial answer)

Adding onto rand al'thor's answer, I rearranged them so all the blue shapes matched up:

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This says "BLAISE", which implies Blaise de Vigenère, meaning we'll probably have to use the Vigenère cipher somewhere.

Stealing from rand, the red shapes make:

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Which spells DANGER. Perhaps the Vigenère key is DANGER?

Another observation:

Each of the twelve squares has one capital letter and one lowercase letter. Since there are thus twelve of each, and the code we're looking for has twelve letters, I don't think this is a coincidence. I tried using DANGER as a Vigenère key for the strings UACOIWQSKGEM, wfrexjakzgry, CWGIASUMQKEO, and rjgxfkwyazre, the strings gotten when you take the capital/lowercase letters going left to right, top to bottom, in each picture, and got:
UACOIWQSKGEM -> RAPIEFNSXAAV
wfrexjakzgry -> tfeytsxkmanh
CWGIASUMQKEO -> ZWTCWBRMDEAX
rjgxfkwyazre -> ojtrbttyntnn
i.e., nothing intelligible.

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    $\begingroup$ Ah, looks like we were both doing the same thing at the same time :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 19 '17 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ To sort one set, you need to sort the other. $\endgroup$ – qwertyu63 Feb 19 '17 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ The capital letters "UACOIWQSKGEM" are unique, and skip two places each time (e.g. A C E G....) $\endgroup$ – Donnelle Feb 20 '17 at 1:27
  • $\begingroup$ I'm guessing "creativeness" but am yet to prove it! $\endgroup$ – Donnelle Feb 20 '17 at 1:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Donnelle You were the first to the last step. That's enough to pitch in an answer. Just write out your thought process. You can refer back to other people's answers; I see it all the time. $\endgroup$ – qwertyu63 Feb 20 '17 at 1:52
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Partial answer

Rearrange the twelve squares so that all the red shapes match up:

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They seem to spell out DANGER.

Then do the same for the blue shapes:

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They seem to spell out BLAISE.

Note that the sentence in the OP "I thought about it, deconstructed it, put it back together a different way and took it apart again." is a hint telling us what to do here.

Sadly, rearranging these letters doesn't seem to give anything useful. Perhaps the twelve-letter word we seek is

DANGERBLAISE!

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  • $\begingroup$ The random letters seem to suggest an imgur link $\endgroup$ – boboquack Feb 19 '17 at 21:01
  • $\begingroup$ Small nudge: neither set has a C in it. $\endgroup$ – qwertyu63 Feb 19 '17 at 21:14
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    $\begingroup$ @qwertyu Danger Blaise? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 19 '17 at 21:17
  • $\begingroup$ nods head yes You're on the right track. $\endgroup$ – qwertyu63 Feb 19 '17 at 21:18
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    $\begingroup$ Right, I immediately thought "Blaise" -> "Pascal", but "Pascal danger" isn't much help either. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 19 '17 at 21:26

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