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Remember the day when you grew up and didn't want to play anymore with toys?

Well, I remember the same happening with me. But, well, my toys were smart. And may be they left a goodbye message for me.

             **               **             **               **                                    
            |  |             |  |           |  |             |  |
          *      *         *      *       *      *         *      *                                                                                                                                                     
        *          *     *          *   *          *     *          *                                                                                                                                                                       
        *    E     *     *    Q     *   *    Q     *     *    X     *                   
         *        *       *        *     *        *       *        *
           * ___ *          * ___ *        * ___ *          * ___ *              
              |                |              |                |


             **               **             **               **                                    
            |  |             |  |           |  |             |  |
          *      *         *      *       *      *         *      *                                                                                                                                                     
        *          *     *          *   *          *     *          *                                                                                                                                                                       
        *    P     *     *    K     *   *    L     *     *    X     *                   
         *        *       *        *     *        *       *        *
          * ___ *          * ___ *         * ___ *          * ___ *             
             |                |               |                |

             **               **             **               **                                    
            |  |             |  |           |  |             |  |
          *      *         *      *       *      *         *      *                                                                                                                                                     
        *          *     *          *   *          *     *          *                                                                                                                                                                       
        *    D     *     *    C     *   *    T     *     *    Z     *                   
         *        *       *        *     *        *       *        *
           * ___ *          * ___ *        * ___ *         * ___ *             
              |                |              |               |

             **               **             **               **               **                                 
            |  |             |  |           |  |             |  |             |  |
          *      *         *      *       *      *         *      *         *      *                                                                                                                                                
        *          *     *          *   *          *     *          *     *          *                                                                                                                                                                  
        *    N     *     *    H     *   *    I     *     *    Y     *     *    T     *                 
         *        *       *        *     *        *       *        *       *        *
          * ___ *           * ___ *        * ___ *          * ___ *          * ___ *          
             |                 |              |                |                |

Can you help me find the message my toys left?

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  • 4
    $\begingroup$ you have a fetish for ASCII drawings, don't you? :D $\endgroup$ – Marius Mar 24 '17 at 11:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Marius Not the way you have for Magento :-) $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Mar 24 '17 at 11:58
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    $\begingroup$ Touche! Fair enough. $\endgroup$ – Marius Mar 24 '17 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ Those are some nice looking radishes $\endgroup$ – n_plum Mar 24 '17 at 12:11
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    $\begingroup$ @n_palum If those were radishes, this puzzle would have been unsolvable :-) $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Mar 24 '17 at 17:37
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Your toys were saying

DON'T KEEP US IN ATTIC

The letters EQQX PKLX DCTZ NHIYT when

Rotated backwards in the alphabet by 1, 2, ... 17 spaces respectively e.g.

(1) E → D, (2) Q → O, (3) Q → N, (4) X → T ...

And so on until the last letter (17) T → C

And the toys were

Rotating spinning tops

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  • $\begingroup$ The toys applied a rot-n to each of their letters as per their positions! Nice work :-) +15 $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Mar 28 '17 at 4:11
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Techidiot for this well designed series of ASCII puzzles - I've enjoyed the previous ones too - and your explanation above is neater! $\endgroup$ – Tom Mar 28 '17 at 14:47

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