Harriet woke up in her dorm room and found a letter from the school's faculty, along with 12 small cards with some words written on them.

Congratulations on completing the coursework in the prestigious School of Cryptic Arts! Your training is almost complete. Written on these cards are instructions on when and where you can collect your diploma.

Of course, if you cannot manage to figure out the instructions in time, that means you have failed your training. In this case, you can pack your belongings and go home empty-handed. So you can consider this your final exam. Good luck!

The cards:

and
cómo
herbata
isoäiti
rua
zwei
ııf Dïnısch
ım nırııgıîs
ın ıtılıını
ın Tıgılıg
pı frıncıskı
tırkıksı

How does Harriet figure out when and where she should show up?

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Solution!

There are 6 pairs of cards: the first card of the pair represents a word, and the second card is the language you must translate the word to (with ı replacing any vowel). Cards that are written in the same language are matched, so the pairs are as follows:

1. and + in tagalog (in English) = at
2. cómo + en italiano ("how in italian", in Spanish) = come
3. herbata + po francusku ("tea in French", Polish) = the
4. isoäiti + turkiksi ("grandmother in Turkish", in Finnish) = nine
5. rua + em norueguês ("street in Norwegian", in Portuguese) = gate
6. zwei + auf Dänisch ("two in Danish", in German) = to

So reordering, the message is: come to the gate at nine

  • 1
    How you do the matching pairs? – Juan Carlos Oropeza Nov 13 at 20:42
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    "Cards that are written in the same language are matched". So, e.g. 6. "zwei" and "auf Dänisch" are both in German so they match, and "zwei auf Dänisch" means "two in Danish" (in English :-)). And "two" in Danish is "to". – bornfromanegg Nov 14 at 10:39
  • All correct, and very fast to boot. Nice job! – jafe Nov 14 at 13:25

Partial Answer:

the "ı" in the latter six cards represents different vowels.
My guesses:
ıtılıını=Italini
frıncıskı = Francisco
tırkıksı=Turkey?

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