That damned uncle of mine! Running out without telling us has become too commonplace in our house. I did manage to find these two nonograms and a note this time though.

"Fear not nephew! I am going to a place where I will finally be a winner! Don't spend too long on this puzzle, you may have some trouble with your color-blindedness."

Here are the two nonograms I found. Could any of you guys determine where he went?

Nono 1

Nono 2


Unlike my last nonogram, the empty end columns weren't necessarily left by accident. Make sure you pay attention to the tags, too.


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As the educated guess suggested, your uncle is in


Thank you @JGibbers for this beautiful puzzle! :)

Solution Approach

The two nonograms are

nono1 nono2

Refering to the hint of

color-blindness in the text, we

1. hint color:

split the colored nonogram into it's red and blue contributions while interpreting purple squares as both red and blue (as the color purple is a mix of red and blue) to obtain red_nono blue_nono
2. hint blindness:

and interpret these as Braille gives
red: ⠞⠑⠑⠊⠊⠽⠥⠓⠁⠞ = TEEIIYUHAT
dropping the first and last column for blue gives
blue: ⠓⠅⠽⠎⠝⠕⠗⠑⠗⠂ = HKYSNORER

Thanks to @Deusovi

these can be read alternatingly (starting with red, then blue, etc.) as

Taking the tag

"acrostic" into account, we take the starting letters of each sentence which gives
This refers to the trifid cipher with the key "INYOURHEART".
Putting in the letters in the trifid cipher by filling one square after another row-wise, we obtain
where we colored the letters according to the second nonogram. An anagram of these letters gives the solution

  • $\begingroup$ You've got the right idea, but your execution on blue is a little off. Added a hint for the second nonogram. No comment about the educated guess ;) $\endgroup$
    – JGibbers
    Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ @JGibbers I'm really not sure why blue is off... I'm using this conversion. $\endgroup$
    – user53694
    Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ yeah that conversion you're using should be fine, since it's really the last step I don't want to give too much away, but rot13(cnl zber nggragvba gb jurer lbh fgneg.), you'll rot13(raq jvgu n cuenfr) from the first nonogram $\endgroup$
    – JGibbers
    Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 16:16
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    $\begingroup$ If you alternate reading letters from the red/blue, you get "THE KEY IS IN YOUR HEART". $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ rot13 that! @Deusovi (to hide some spoilers). But yeah, the positioning was intentional :) $\endgroup$
    – JGibbers
    Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 16:53

I'm stumped as to what they mean as of yet, but the two nonograms are

enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Having not looked at this for more than 2 seconds, I wonder if rot13(oenvyyr) would be involved or not. $\endgroup$
    – Dorrulf
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 23:22
  • $\begingroup$ That's an interesting thought, @Dorrulf! $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 23:23

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