# A strange summation

I sum up S4; there exists a ⵢ8

How many numbers does this strange summation encode, and what's the encoding?

Hint:

• Is S4 referring to rot13(gur flzzrgevp tebhc bs qrterr sbhe be ba bs vgf vfbzbecuvfzf)? Dec 11, 2019 at 17:48
• @ThomasMarkov No, the puzzle is a lot simpler than that.
– Avi
Dec 11, 2019 at 17:53

Based on Thomas' answer and the hint on that, the answer is:

12345678

Because:

'I sum up S4' can be represented as 'I∑S4'
'There exists a ⵢ8' can be represented as '∃aⵢ8' ('a' thanks to hdsdv)
You turn your head around, as in the top half of the symbol.
'I' remains unchanged, and looks like a '1'
'∑' twists the top to look like 'Z', which also looks like '2'
'S' twists the top to looks like '3'
'4' remains unchanged
'∃' twists the top to look like a squared '5'
'a' twists the top to look like a '6'
'ⵢ' twists the top to look like '7'
'8' remains unchanged

• Nice, i was thinking similar train Dec 12, 2019 at 23:52
• I think the missing digit is in there as well, encoded as rot13(n). Dec 13, 2019 at 0:30
• @hdsdv I think you are right, I was looking for that, but thought it would be a 'b'. Thanks! Dec 13, 2019 at 0:36
• Well done, and nice explanation!
– Avi
Dec 13, 2019 at 1:21

A single number. "I∫S4;∃ⵢ8" looks like $$1554.358$$.

• You're on the right track with rot13(gheavat jbeqf vagb flzobyf, ohg na nqqvgvbany genafsbezngvba arrqf gb or cresbezrq gb erirefr ratvarre gur bevtvany ahzoref.) Also, your choice for "sum up" is incorrect.
– Avi
Dec 11, 2019 at 22:33

$$I\sum S4\exists ⵢ8$$ gives $$1324328$$

Because:

Based on the hint, the symbols that are reversed forms of numbers need to be turned around, so the $$\Sigma$$ is reversed to a 3, the S is reverses to a two and the ⵢ is also reversed to a 2.

So,

To answer the question, 5 of the seven digits in the "original number" (1324328) are encoded into letters and words.

• This is incorrect. Perhaps you should compare my hint and the original - there's a significant difference.
– Avi
Dec 12, 2019 at 16:07