# Might be early but here we go

Gleefully, we played together in this winter season

Up until now, we have thought this fun will last forever

Ultimately, everything is not unlimited but has a start and end.

Grinning like a Cheshire cat is what we want

Look at us struggling, to be happy every day/

Doing our best every day, trying to still smile to remove all unhappiness

So that we're more immune to disease and make us happier

Nine reasons to keep smiling

It is our pleasure to spread the love

Relief yourself from loneliness because only few people would be able to appreciate a new beginning

Keep your chin up, no matter the hardship

Can you guess what I would like to convey?

First of all I will give you some hints.
The word containing number is literally number, not a combination of letter.
Uppercase the first and fourth letter after the slash, the rest of the letters are lowercase.
Combine each result you get to obtain a link.
Only vocal sentence is coded using custom number rot, not the word.
Extra hint:
original -> custom rot
a -> a
i -> g
since it's been revealed that
o -> u

I have something to apologize:

- First one was for the incomplete or misguiding instruction such as the initial "rot not the word" or the vocal part which are supposed to be vowel.
- Second one is for the custom rot. It was a failure on my part. I deeply apologize to everyone who tried to solved the custom rot part. I was using a <10 and >10 rule for the rot.
Number 10 was taken from line number 10 of the text which is: "Relief yourself from loneliness because only few people would be able to appreciate a new beginning"

<10 rule that I use was:
1 (a) = 1x1 + (1-1) x1 = 1 (a)
5 (e) = 5x1 + (5-1) x1 = 9 ( i )
9 (i) = 9x1 + (9-1) x 3 = 33 ( g )

and the >10 rule was:
15 (o) = 5x3 + (5-3) x 3 = 21 ( u )
21 (u) = 7x3 + (7-3) x4 = 37 ( k )
which aren't supposed to be like that since the rule was broken with the x4.

• What does 'rot not the word' mean? I'm lost here. Dec 4, 2018 at 10:51
• It probably refers to rot algorithms, however i have not found how rot fits here Dec 4, 2018 at 12:01
• it's a custom number rot which means I used special way to rot the letter for sentence. not the word to refute the initial post so as to not misleading :) Dec 4, 2018 at 12:07
• Are you saying we'll get a hyperlink we need to go to? Like a website? Also, the word we find is not rot'ed, but if we say it out loud, that is? I still don't understand what you mean. Can you please elaborate further? Dec 4, 2018 at 19:29
• yeah you'll get a gibberish hyperlink. but the hint was there to guide you to get the correct one Dec 5, 2018 at 1:23

OK, finally I got to the Christmas tree, created in Python for us!

The italic letters in the text read
p U n C t u a t I o n

The hint gives us:

Again combining the italicised text we get the hidden hint "First letter of each sentence". Assuming that the puzzle needs to be read like an acrostic, we get:
GUUGLDS9IRK (here I used also the instruction "the word containing number is a number"

Using the punctuation as found by @shinkuro we get:

Guu.gl/Ds9Irk, which using the updated rules converts to goo.gl/Ds9eRu.
Please note that without the recommended capitalisation of the 1st and the 4th letters after the slash, the link won't work.

Can you guess what I would like to convey?

I can't guess anything else apart from that we are all wished a Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2019. Also there is a link in the puzzle to an article called 'Nine reasons to keep smiling'. The Christmas tree is shown with 9 layers but I don't think that's related. In any case:
Keep smiling!

• close enough.you're still missing something for what you get. Dec 5, 2018 at 1:26
• not quite there @shinkuro answer is right for guu.gl/Ds9iRk (guu.gl->goo.gl) but quite awkward for the "p U n C t u I o n" part. yours is the right one "p U n C t u a t I o n". the goo.gl/ds9grk and goo.gl/23936 was incorrect. Dec 5, 2018 at 8:59
• remember the 4th letter not 4th index after slash number wasn't count as letter Dec 5, 2018 at 11:37
• @Mukyuu Do you mean I've found yet another incorrect address? Dec 5, 2018 at 11:54
• Now you got the link right. But "Can you guess what I would like to convey?" Dec 5, 2018 at 13:13

Partial

from hint it says that number literally a number
so the first letter from each line should be "G U U G L D S 9 I R K"
then there's italic word from the puzzle which said "p U n C t u a t I o n"
also notice that he hinted "Combine each result you get to obtain a link." so the answer is a link format

now we know that the answer is a link format and on the 3rd and 5th line there're "." and "/"
now we end up with something like this GUU.GL/DS9IRK
and it's stated on the hint "Uppercase the first and fourth letter after the slash, the rest of the letters are lowercase."
so now we have something like this "guu.gl/Ds9iRk" < notice that 9 is a number and not a letter and since the answer is a link, guu.gl should become goo.gl

and... here's where i got stuck..
the custom rot we all know is a=a, i=g and o=u but idk the formula...
i hope someone can solve the problem with this help

• close enough :) Dec 5, 2018 at 8:56

Wrapping up what we've achieved between us:

Each italicised letter combined to give us the clue: PUNCTUATION
The only punctuation in the passage is a . and a /
This punctuation is often used in web links.
Reading the hint, the italicised words read out: First Letter Of Each Sentence. From the passage, the first letter of each sentence (aka the acrostic), is GUUGLDSNIRK.
However, the hint: "The word containing number is literally number, not a combination of letter." means that the letter N which we derived from NINE should become the number 9.
Making this change, and adding in the punctuation makes GUU.GL/DS9IRK
The next hint: "Uppercase the first and fourth letter after the slash, the rest of the letters are lowercase." makes the link become guu.gl/Ds9Irk or guu.gl/Ds9iRk, depending on whether the "fourth letter" includes the number 9 in the counting or not.
The extra hints say that the vowels have come out of a custom rot algorithm, with A staying the same and I coming from G. Google has a link shortening system which shortens to goo.gl so this means that U has come from O.
This makes the link either goo.gl/Ds9gRk or goo.gl/Ds9Grk.
However, these links both lead no where and this is as far as we've gotten.

• I don't mind using what I found and wrote but at least you can quote me. Dec 4, 2018 at 15:13
• @rhsquared I didn't use your answer when I worked out mine though? Dec 4, 2018 at 16:48
• take a good use of the hint :) Dec 5, 2018 at 1:27