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keepyourheadup

Always remember this rule. What is the image above trying to say?

Hint 1:

There is some good ol' slicing; there is some good ol' concatenation; there is some good ol' symbol-to-English. Save the $\pm L_\alpha$ symbol for last; it is the most obscure.

Hint 2:

Focus on manipulating actual letters to construct the whole, left to right. For example, a map of Spain "minus" a picture of a father could be "Sin".

Hint 3:

"Equals to" in plain English must be what? And do zeroes perhaps have look-alikes?

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  • $\begingroup$ Those numbers with colons looked like biblical citations to me, but I guess there are no zeroth chapters ... $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 2 at 14:27
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps this will help with interpreting the colons $\endgroup$ – anodyne Apr 2 at 14:51
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Full Answer

With anodyne's comments on my previous answer, and Lanny Strack's push in the right direction (technically he got the answer first so if he posts I would suggest accepting his), I got:

The Onleeway (S)out(H) is throo => The only way out is through.

Reasoning:

With anodyne's comment about slicing, I think 1[0:1] -> On (first two letters of one) and 3[0:2] -> Thr (first three letters of Three). With the second hint, I think the compass and picture yields 'out' (south - sh). The third hint gives me = -> 'is' and "0" to "O" (colloquial way to say zero out loud).

Then with anodyne's comment about

this link

We can get the tricky symbol to be

leeway

Which ties it all together.

Previous Partial Answer

With anodyne's comment about slicing, I think 1[0:1] -> O (first letter of one) and 3[0:2] -> Th (first two letters of Three). With the second hint, I think the compass and picture yields 'out' (south - sh). The third hint gives me something like = -> 'is' and "0" to "O" (colloquial way to say zero out loud).

So I'm getting something like

'The O ? out is thoo' .... which doesn't make any sense to me.

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    $\begingroup$ I think you need to rot13(vapyhqr bar zber yrggre va rnpu bs lbhe fyvprf). The full answer seems like it should be rot13(gur bayl jnl bhg vf guebhtu), but I can't get the ±Lα part to produce rot13(yljnl). $\endgroup$ – Lanny Strack Apr 2 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ @LannyStrack I agree with your suggestions, except the first part rot13(nppbeqvat gb gur FB yvax gur frpbaq ahzore fubhyq or rkpyhqrq). Regardless on that, I agree that I think your final suggested answer is most likely correct, but I'm stuck right there with you. $\endgroup$ – PartyHatPanda Apr 2 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ You're so close! As @Lanny Strack says, rot13(mreb:bar zrnaf gur svefg gjb yrggref ol pbairagvba). Finally, there is a word that sounds like that last piece that Lanny says is missing, which, coincidentally, can be represented by ±Lα. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Apr 2 at 15:59
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    $\begingroup$ @anodyne or is it trying to get to rot13(yrrjnl)? $\endgroup$ – PartyHatPanda Apr 2 at 16:04
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    $\begingroup$ @PartyHatPanda - I am not going to post an answer. I didn't solve enough of it to feel justified doing that. $\endgroup$ – Lanny Strack Apr 2 at 16:12

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