Can you help me understand my doctor's message?



The image seems to be composed of written words, but they were actually typed.

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    $\begingroup$ Corrected colored version. $\endgroup$
    – Sleafar
    Dec 27 '17 at 22:13
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    $\begingroup$ @newzad, the doctor's message is in English and has correct grammar and spelling. Also, it does not contain any punctuation marks. (It is just one sentence but does not have an ending punctuation mark.) $\endgroup$ Dec 28 '17 at 0:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Sleafar, your colored version is indeed helpful. Each colored mark corresponds to an English letter. A warning though: The Doctor is Known to Capitalize Some of his Words. $\endgroup$ Dec 28 '17 at 1:01
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    $\begingroup$ "Understanding what a doctor has written" is the world's ultimate puzzle. :P $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Dec 28 '17 at 4:28
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    $\begingroup$ With @Sleafar's coloured version, you can solve it like a cryptogram. I'm pretty sure this is the answer, but I have no idea how each letter is encoded. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Dec 29 '17 at 12:52

The doctor's message says:

Take two of These and Call Me in the Morning.

How did I find it?

In comments, Sleafar has posted a colour-encoded version of the dictor's scribblings, where the identical "words" have the same colour and all unique words are black. The OP has confirmed that each "word" corresponds to a letter. There is no punctuation and capital letters are encoded differently from their small counterparts.

With this information, the message can be decoded like a cryptogram. Fortunately, the only letter that is used in both capital and small form is T. The decoded message is:

doctor's cryptogram

It turns out that the words were written with a special font, The Written Word. That's why the hint says that although the words look as if they were written, they were typed. With this information, we can now see that the C and M's are also capital letters. (Strangely, the glyphs for A and T are the same. The font seems to repeat after the capital T.)

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, a special font was used. (The hint gives an idea of the name of the font.) Once you find the font, you will discover that most of the other words are also capitalized. $\endgroup$ Dec 29 '17 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ (Actually, half of the words are capitalized.) This is my first question at Puzzling. Did you find it too easy or was the difficulty acceptable? $\endgroup$ Dec 29 '17 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ Aha, with the help of What the Font! I've found it now. I had tried web searches for "doctor's handwriting font" and "illegible words font" and Google's image search, but without success. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Dec 29 '17 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ The question has been sitting here for a whole day, so it can't have been a write-in. The difficulty of puzzles is hard to judge. The aha moment here is to find out that words correspond to letters, and that was already done when I started solving it. I thought the difficulty was okay. When trying to make a puzzle difficult, it is easy to make it too obscure. This one was short, sweet and solvable. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Dec 29 '17 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Also, I didn't know that the font had similar glyphs for some different letters. It's a good thing this didn't cause problems for the message I created. $\endgroup$ Dec 30 '17 at 1:07

I think that the message means your doctor needs a new printer or at least someone to fix the printer.

This answer is based on the hint.

  • $\begingroup$ Please don't downvoted just because the answer was incorrect I will delete it. I actually thought that could be an answer. This is a riddle after all. The words were typed and appeared to be smeared. The idea that a color version is easier to solve ( as stated in a comment) lead me to believe that possibly the ink would hint to a need for repair to the printer. $\endgroup$ Dec 27 '17 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ Your answer is clever but is not what I intended. Note that the puzzle is tagged cipher and not riddle. $\endgroup$ Dec 28 '17 at 0:50

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