I was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for my taxi when I noticed a pretty suspicious-looking guy enter the building. Fedora and sunglasses, in October? Long trench coat and black leather gloves? Immediately the Mission: Impossible theme started playing in my head.

The man walked up to a woman who was sitting in the cafeteria, silently passed her a small note, and promptly walked out the door. The woman took a look at the note. After reading it she picked up her things and headed for the elevators. She threw the note in a nearby garbage can.

By this point I was intrigued what the note might say, but I don't want to be nosy and it was none of my business. So I stayed in my seat and patiently waited for my ride.

Just kidding. As soon as she disappeared in the elevator I was head first in the wastebin looking for that note. Here's what the message looked like:

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I have no idea how to interpret this, and it's killing me now. What can this mysterious message mean??

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    $\begingroup$ I'm surprised at the pristine condition the note is in after having been thrown into the trash ;-) $\endgroup$
    – M.Herzkamp
    Oct 30 '18 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ @M.Herzkamp Is it surprising or... suspicious? Hmm! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Oct 30 '18 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ Nice job on getting the pip pattern right on that die, by the way! $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Oct 31 '18 at 9:08

The message reads:

Hotel bar. Six o'clock

The components are:

The four-pointed compass rose is the emblem of Nato. In the Nato Phonetic alphabet, the H corresponds to Hotel. Brıgıtte is Brigitte Bardot, of course, but without the dots, so just bar. The arrow points to the side opposite the one on the die, which is six. And the last image shows a water molecule where the oxygen atom O has been replaced with a clock.

I first read the second part as bar and the punctuation dot, but Agent Bass pointed out that the dots on the i's were missing; thanks for that. (The silly little schoolboy in me calls these dots by their real name, tittles.)

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    $\begingroup$ The distinctive typography of the word "Brıgıtte" may explain what happens to the latter half of the surname. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Oct 30 '18 at 21:21
  • $\begingroup$ The second one is a bit obscure. $\endgroup$ Oct 30 '18 at 22:32
  • $\begingroup$ Whoa I'm amazed at how far-fetched some of these are, and people still manage justfine. $\endgroup$ Oct 30 '18 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, this is it. @Bass is correct that the rot13[qbgyrff v] was meant as part of the hint :) $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Oct 31 '18 at 6:50
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, yes, I noticed the typographical curiosity, but by the time I solved it, I had forgotten about it. For what it's worth, I spent a lot of time trying to find out what the first symbol was for; I wanted to make it a verb somehow. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Oct 31 '18 at 10:12

The note means you should play Brigitte and heal him, while he is easy high-nooning 6 people :)


I have literally no idea or hobbies:
The H is in the east => eas
Brigitte is pretty self explaining
The playing cube shows 6, at least thats what's pointed to
and the clock shows 110% high noon with some H behind that
=> 6 peopled nooned eas(y)(x2)
Do you pls understand this is satirical

  • $\begingroup$ Not sure if it will help you or not, but rot13(V guvax gur pybpx vf hfvat gur zbyrphyne ercerfragngvba bs jngre be U2B) $\endgroup$
    – JR_M
    Oct 30 '18 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ This is hilarious. I wish you had left out the last line of the explanation. $\endgroup$ Oct 30 '18 at 17:47

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