# A puzzle in 140 characters

Your final answer will respond to the question "Why don't I like Twitter that much?"

Like usual, I'll confirm any sub-answers if you find them

Here's the link to the puzzle on Twitter.

Here's the text of the puzzle:

🐾❄🥅#📌♠💦
255879⠗⠕⠞⠼⠁⠊⠉:⠺⠠⠰⠶⠮∞WᒧO3>H∽UO)
Z⊢せம佛أر➪ᓭܜ⚡ﺪトΛíĆẸİĿMṈOṖ$ŦŪVYA hot new vow⊔N⌶ⅽ✜ዐᛊfirsts🐌🌮🚇✒🔑 🛑🐣➖💅☄📂🎹🎩V𝙸२-ƧΞ⊕ꘜ⊞। Ʌ𝟾⎕META:…|#/|@…:@**¢#1¢1:/ • Bounties should be available for both questions and answers. Aug 13, 2017 at 11:10 • We need to get this to 140 upvotes. Aug 13, 2017 at 12:46 • Actually, with newlines, it is 144 chars. – NH. Aug 13, 2017 at 23:55 • Please do a writeup! Aug 21, 2017 at 4:29 • You'll have to do a puzzle in 280 characters now :P Nov 10, 2017 at 22:15 ## 1 Answer NOTE: If you upvote this, please upvote the puzzle itself too! It took far more effort to make than my solution did. 🐾❄🥅#📌♠💦255879 This is a word square: PAW ICE NET Extract the letters in the positions 2, 5, 5, 8, 7, 9 on a phone keypad to get ACCENT. ⠗⠕⠞⠼⠁⠊⠉:⠺⠠⠰⠶⠮ The first part (before the colon) says "ROT193". Logically, that's ROT180 + ROT13. So, do that to everything after the colon - flip it upside down (rot180), decode as Braille, then rot13 it to get ATONE. ∞WᒧO3>H∽UO)Z⊢ Turn your head sideways - it reads as "BELOW VISCOUNT", and the rank below Viscount is BARON. せம佛أر➪ᓭܜ⚡ﺪトΛí Start with the section left of the arrow. Those are characters from various languages: SE, MA, PHO, and RE. So we interpret the things right of the arrow as flag semaphore to get COLOGNE. ĆẸİĿMṈOṖ\$ŦŪVY

You can rearrange these to get ĆOṈ\$ŪMṖŦİVẸĿY. The accents there are Morse code for TORI, and "Tori, consumptively" is a crossword clue (though oddly phrased) for DONUTS.

A hot new vow

This is just a cryptic clue for OATH. (Thanks, Sp3000!)

⊔N⌶ⅽ✜ዐᛊfirsts

This says "Unicode firsts", but in a weird way. Take the characters that make up "Unicode", look them up in Unicode, and take the first letters of the official names to get SLASHER.

🐌🌮🚇✒🔑🛑🐣➖💅☄📂🎹🎩

This is simply a rebus.
Before the minus sign we have SNAIL TACO METRO PEN KEY STOP HATCH. After, we have NAIL COMET OPEN KEYS TOP HAT. Removing the latter from the former gives us S[nail]TA[comet]R[open][keys][tophat]CH, or STARCH.

V𝙸२-ƧΞ⊕ꘜ⊞।Ʌ𝟾⎕

The middle symbol (that looks like a circled plus sign) means "exclusive or" - basically, overlap and remove anything that's black in both symbols. Do that to the six symbols on either side and you get the word THRASH.

META:…|#/|@…:@**¢#1¢1:/

All the words are made up of a punctuation mark with two letters inserted (or on the sides). For instance, COLO(g)N(e) --> COLON and (t)H(r)ASH --> HASH. Those punctuation marks appear twice each in the text after "META:". Replace the two occurrences with the two extra letters, in order.

You don't like Twitter because it has NOT ENOUGH CHARACTER!

• Off the scale!! Aug 11, 2017 at 14:46
• Where is that +10 button? Aug 11, 2017 at 18:22
• I wish I could watch a recording of your train of thought solving this. Aug 12, 2017 at 17:44
• Amazing but as far as I can see your answer doesn't account for "#📌♠💦", characters four through seven. Or am I missing something? Dec 29, 2019 at 0:25
• @pateksan It's part of the word square. (A word square is a square arrangement of letters where you can see words reading both across and down. Those are the "down" words.)
– Deusovi
Dec 29, 2019 at 0:58