# Lightning, explosions, trophy, sunglasses and more

How to decode the above poem lines encryption for its title?

• MS word memories =D – Alex Jun 26 '17 at 19:45
• Can you provide a transcript? – Beastly Gerbil Jun 26 '17 at 19:45
• lightning, explosion, explosion, trophy, sunglasses, tiledwindows, square, down, lightning, window, home, rewind, tiledwindows, tiledwindows, back [keyboard] // window, up, fastforward, spider, lightning, sunglasses, tiledwindows, fastforward, window, up, sunglasses, tools, spider, medal, tools, tools, up, tiledwindows, back // lightning, trophy, tools, back, back, rewind, forward, up, forward, tiledwindows, up, tiledwindows, tiledwindows, speechbubbles, medal, spider, spider, down, down, back, back, tiledwindows, forward, lightning, spider, lightning, trophy. – Rubio Jun 26 '17 at 19:50
• I can't seem to understand the question. Could you clarify as to what exactly is it that you are asking? – Sid Jun 26 '17 at 20:12
• The characters are found (mostly fairly "early") in Microsoft's "Webdings" font, where they occupy code points used in more normal fonts for ordinary characters. The corresponding characters appear to be these: ~**%$262~197223158!~$2815$@!&@@523~%@3374542522^&!!663324~!~%. There does not appear to be any amount of shifting/rotation that makes this look much like ordinary plain text. – Gareth McCaughan Jun 26 '17 at 20:38 ## 1 Answer Took some time. But very nice idea. (Always happy to solve something that is here few months) From transcript of picture as "Webdings" font: ~**%$262~197223158!~$2815$@!&@@523~%@3374542522^&!!663324~!~%
Thanks to Gareth McCaughan

You look on keyboard:

There is a picture of keyboard in "upper right corner" and another hint in comments - Osk = On Screen Keyboard. After that I realized I could use US keyboard (and not the one i have). So I found for each character - in "column" of specific number or symbol - there are 3 letters (or less for 7,8 and for 9 there is only "p"). If you have keyboard like me - type OSK in windows and turn it on for US keyboard, so for example under symbol "~" there are letters "qaz". So I "translated" text to this: qaz,ol,ol,yhn,tgb,edc,qaz,ujm,edc,qaz,wsx,p,ik,edc,edc,rfv,
wsx,yhn,ol,wsx,qaz,tgb,edc,ol,wsx,yhn,tgb,edc,wsx,ik,edc,edc,yhn,edc,rfv,
qaz,yhn,edc,rfv,rfv,ik,tgb,yhn,tgb,edc,yhn,edc,edc,ujm,ik,wsx,wsx,ujm,ujm,rfv,rfv,edc,tgb,qaz,wsx,qaz,yhn,
You always try to find only "one correct letter" for each symbol.
That way I found "spider" as last word in first row, and it took few minutes to find correct form of the rest:
qaz,ol,ol,yhn,tgb,edc,qaz,ujm,edc,qaz,wsx,p,ik,edc,edc,rfv
Along came a spider
wsx,yhn,ol,wsx,qaz,tgb,edc,ol,wsx,yhn,tgb,edc,wsx,ik,edc,edc,yhn,edc,rfv
Who sat down beside her
qaz,yhn,edc,rfv,rfv,ik,tgb,yhn,tgb,edc,yhn,edc,edc,ujm,ik,wsx,wsx,ujm,ujm,rfv,rfv,edc,tgb,qaz,wsx,qaz,yhn
And frightened Miss Muffet away

• Well done, necromancer! – M Oehm Nov 20 '17 at 9:53