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Here's my interpretation. It's Let me tell you why. Observe this ==> hE iS thE CuLpriT? Now read the entire line. Now the teacher knows whom to inquire.


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Looks like Once all of the places are found,


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The program is failing because: It would seem that:


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This appears to be Elian Script. I'm not sure I can read the writer's handwriting entirely (and they seem to have added some nonstandard things like a zigzag for T), but the first few lines read: PAR?NRE RENR ?HE C PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE! I REALLY WANT MY PEN! Edit by OP: I spend some time to fully decipher it but I think Deusovi deserves the ...


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Oops, looks like you So it should look like this: Which means the message is:


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The culprit is: Explanation: Then:


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So, here is the key to solve this: The number $XY$ represents: So the answer is:


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The answer is Because each image


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Updated: Solution Original answer


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The creepy statue told me: Method:


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I read How?


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The paper says: How the deciphering works: Now my best explanation of the joke is Here is the paper together with the plaintext:


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Answer: $abcd = \large ○ \normalsize + ▿\ + $ $cbad = \large ● \normalsize + \small ○ $ $cbda = \text{△} \normalsize +\ —\ +\ –\ $ $cab \normalsize + x = x\ +$ \


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Solution Key Countries of the participants Reverse-Engineered Ciphering Process Now let's apply this to the original messages. Reverse-Engineered Deciphering Process Reasoning One Last Thing To Do: Name of the Cipher Notes


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A bit gloomy but we can break it up this way which is


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I think you are Reasoning


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I assume there is something more to this, but the authors' names can all be


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Partial: So having gotten here, some possible clues to find what's missing:


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The dots in between the squares... These can be interpreted There are also some other ways to extract similar arrangements of letters: The data collected: The next step needed heavy hinting for me to find it: Unused information [hinted to be a clue to the step I did first]:


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To solve it in the spirit of the riddle, we run: which provides us with the reason: So it is unlikely that the problem will be resolved soon...


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The first thing that's apparent is that Since it's natural to consider especially as An obvious guess is that We then notice that So the obvious guess is Looking at what that gives us we notice and now and get Seems like we've cracked it. In answer to the question of how difficult it is to crack,


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Update: Figured it out! They are playing: Explanation of Hints Here's my initial thoughts if it helps kick this off:


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I am happy and I know it. The message reads: How is it encoded? The whole story:


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(Partial, saving some thoughts) Now Trying to do something of the There are reasons to think that


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is it... Because


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First we note the symbols corrrespond to the giving us pairs The first element of each pair refers to The second element of each pair refers to giving the answer.


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a, b, c, d are etc.


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if you then which means


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It is a: It says: I solved it by hand in Excel but you can use sites like:


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I think this is how to place the pigs Deusovi mentioned correctly in the comments that determining the final answer has to do with Furthermore, as determined by Luke Bickell in the comments, applying the logic that The grid reads


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