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Here is a story. It has 22 parts that were scrambled (each part in one line).

👨‍🌾👀👧🏻😍

😈:🖼️∃😍>😈❔👎

❕🐸🐺🐿️🐇🐦🐀→😈→⛰️⚡⏬☠️

🤴❤️👰=😈

👿:🤯😡🤬👨‍🌾🤥

☀️🤐🤧🤓😊😴🙂😠⚒️💎

⏪📅👸❤️🤴

😈:🖼️∃😍>😈❔👍👧🏻

👿:😲😡💭☠️👧🏻

😴😊🤧😠🤐🙂🤓⚒️💎→🌙🏠👀👧🏻😲🤔👍🎶

⛄:👸✂️🔲🌲👀❄️→✂️💧❤️→❄️

👸💭👶🏻❄️👄🔲

👿💰👨‍🌾←👧🏻❤️

🤰🌟👶🏻👸☠️⚰️🤴😭

👧🏻😨→🐺🐦🐸🐀🐇🐿️→🌲🌲🌲→🏚️→🏠🤩→👧🏻🛏️🛏️🛏️

😈:🖼️∃😍>😈❔👍👧🏻:❤️🐖

🤴🏽❤️👧🏻🏰:😃😃⏩📅

⏩👶🏻→👧🏻

⏩🤴🏽👀👧🏻⚰️🔍💋👧🏻😍:🤧🙂🤐😴🤓😠😊🐦🐿️🐀🐇🐺🐸→😌🙏

😊🤓😠🤐😴🙂🤧→🏠😭😭😭😭😭😭😭👧🏻☠️→🌲🌲⚰️🔍🌲🌲

👨‍🌾🔫🐖→❤️→😈🍴

😈→👵:💡💉🍎→🏠→🍎👧🏻🤢😵

Can you unscramble it, describe what each step means and retell the story? What is the title? Can you list all the characters?

Hints:

  1. There is more than one possible order because there some steps that happens in parallel involving different characters in different places but at roughly the same time. Any reasonable sequence will do.

  2. There are many different versions of this story around and they vary a lot. I tried to tell one that should be roughly what the most frequently told one is, although it might not be exactly that.

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    $\begingroup$ we don't want any more Emoji Movies... Don't give them the ideas! (nice puzzle though) $\endgroup$ – L_Church May 17 '18 at 8:14
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    $\begingroup$ Is there an emoji to express the feeling of being unable to make sense of this riddle because your browser does not render most of the glyphs? $\endgroup$ – Philipp May 17 '18 at 9:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Philipp Yeah, □ $\endgroup$ – Michael May 17 '18 at 9:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Philipp That is the reason I added a link to a screenshot. I didn't added the actual image to the text (just the link) to avoid duplicating the content. $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa May 17 '18 at 9:38
  • $\begingroup$ In which systems do all the symbols show properly? I've got a few missing ones in the body, the question title and the browser window title :s $\endgroup$ – user1306322 May 17 '18 at 11:49
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⏪📅👸❤️🤴

Back in time, the king 🤴 was married to the queen 👸

⛄:👸✂️🔲🌲👀❄️→✂️💧❤️→❄️

In the winter ⛄, the queen 👸 sits sewing ✂️ on a black (ebony?) windowsill 🔲, with snow outside ❄️ in the forest 🌲. She pricks her finger ✂️ and blood drips 💧❤️ on to the snow ❄️.

👸💭👶🏻❄️👄🔲

The queen 👸 wishes 💭 for a baby 👶🏻 with skin as white as snow ❄️, lips as red as blood 👄, and hair as black as ebony 🔲

🤰🌟👶🏻👸☠️⚰️🤴😭

The queen 🤰 gives birth 🌟 (haha) to a baby 👶🏻, dies in childbirth ☠️⚰️, and the king is sad 🤴😭

🤴❤️👰=😈

The king 🤴 remarries and Snow White's new stepmother 👰/😈 is wicked

😈:🖼️∃😍>😈❔👎

The stepmother 😈 asks ❔ the magic mirror 🖼️ if there exists ∃ anyone fairer than her. It says no 👎

⏩👶🏻→👧🏻

Fast forward, Snow White 👶🏻 is grown up 👧🏻 now (and has become more beautiful)

😈:🖼️∃😍>😈❔👍👧🏻

The stepmother 😈 asks ❔ the magic mirror 🖼️ if there exists ∃ anyone fairer than her. It says yes 👍, Snow White 👧🏻

👿:😲😡💭☠️👧🏻

The stepmother is shocked 😲 and angry 😡, she plans 💭 to have Snow white 👧🏻 killed ☠️

👿💰👨‍🌾←👧🏻❤️

The stepmother 👿 pays 💰 a huntsman 👨‍🌾 to kill Snow White and bring her her heart 👧🏻❤️

👨‍🌾👀👧🏻😍

The huntsman 👨‍🌾 sees 👀 Snow White 👧🏻, he takes pity on her 😍 and tells her to run

👨‍🌾🔫🐖→❤️→😈🍴

The huntsman 👨‍🌾 kills 🔫 an animal 🐖 and gives it heart to the queen →❤️→ (does she eat it?? 🍴)

👧🏻😨→🐺🐦🐸🐀🐇🐿️→🌲🌲🌲→🏚️→🏠🤩→👧🏻🛏️🛏️🛏️

Snow White 👧🏻 is scared 😨, befriends woodland creatures 🐺... who lead her through the woods 🌲 to a messy house 🏚️, which she tidies 🏠🤩→👧🏻🛏️🛏️🛏️

😴😊🤧😠🤐🙂🤓⚒️💎→🌙🏠👀👧🏻😲🤔👍🎶

The 7 dwarves are mining ⚒️💎 in the mountains, get home 🏠 at night, see Snow White 👧🏻, they are shocked 😲, decide to let her stay 🤔👍, (and sing a song or something? 🎶)

😈:🖼️∃😍>😈❔👍👧🏻:❤️🐖

The stepmother 😈 asks ❔ the mirror 🖼️ whether there exists ∃ anyone fairer than her 😍>😈, and Snow White 👧🏻 is, because it was actually an animal's heart ❤️🐖

👿:🤯😡🤬👨‍🌾🤥

The stepmother 👿 is angry the huntsman lied 🤬👨‍🌾🤥

☀️🤐🤧🤓😊😴🙂😠⚒️💎

In the daytime ☀️ the dwarves 🤐... are away mining ⚒️💎 in the mountains

😈→👵:💡💉🍎→🏠→🍎👧🏻🤢😵

The stepmother 😈 disguises herself as an old woman 👵, poisons an apple 💉🍎, goes to visit 🏠 Snow White 👧🏻 who eats the apple 🍎, becomes ill 🤢 and falls into a deep sleep 😵

❕🐸🐺🐿️🐇🐦🐀→😈→⛰️⚡⏬☠️

The animals 🐸... chase the stepmother 😈 to the mountains where lightning ⚡ strikes the cliff and she falls ⏬ to her death ☠️

😊🤓😠🤐😴🙂🤧→🏠😭😭😭😭😭😭😭👧🏻☠️→🌲🌲⚰️🔍🌲🌲

The dwarves 😊... go home and think Snow White 👧🏻 is dead. They're upset 😭. They bury her in a glass casket ⚰️🔍 in the woods 🌲

⏩🤴🏽👀👧🏻⚰️🔍💋👧🏻😍:🤧🙂🤐😴🤓😠😊🐦🐿️🐀🐇🐺🐸→😌🙏

Fast forward ⏩, the prince 🤴🏽 sees 👀 Snow White 👧🏻 in the glass casket ⚰️🔍, kisses her 💋👧🏻, she wakes up and it's love at first sight 😍. The dwarves and woodland creatures are thankful 😌🙏

🤴🏽❤️👧🏻🏰:😃😃⏩📅

The prince marries 🤴🏽 Snow White 👧🏻, they live happily ever after 😃😃⏩📅


I think the colon : is used for something specific. Maybe

"such that", given that ∃ is also used

but it doesn't seem to fit

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  • $\begingroup$ @VictorStafusa I've given it another go! $\endgroup$ – Michael May 17 '18 at 9:27
  • $\begingroup$ The colon has different meanings accordingly to the context. But it is not anything really special that would change things. It is really only punctuation. $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa May 17 '18 at 9:32
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    $\begingroup$ The history is complete and correct, congratulations. BTW, I intended "⏪📅" to be "Once upon a time". $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa May 17 '18 at 9:33
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    $\begingroup$ @VictorStafusa Thanks for the fun puzzle. :) $\endgroup$ – Michael May 17 '18 at 9:35
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    $\begingroup$ I particularly appreciated the use of different emoji to denote the names of the characters from the Disney version of the story. $\endgroup$ – Michael Seifert May 17 '18 at 13:19
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It looks to be

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Some of the characters:

👧🏻: Snow White
👿: her stepmother, the evil queen
😊🤓😠🤐😴🙂🤧: the seven dwarves, Bashful, Doc, Grumpy, Dopey, Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy (not entirely sure of the order)
👨‍🌾: the huntsman / prince

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    $\begingroup$ Darn, that was too quick! However you still didn't decoded/unscrambled the parts. $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa May 17 '18 at 7:14
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, it will take some time to write that all out, time which I currently don't have (and there's probably already someone doing it right now). Let's all share in the fun! $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel May 17 '18 at 7:17

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