So building on kristinalustig's answer they are indeed playing
The cards are assigned as follows
Alice's first turn
Bob's first turn
Alice's next move produces
Bob's next move produces
"you could have got yourself 7 points more if you’d played the five of clubs first."
Alice's last move is
For those unfamiliar with the ...
Each rectangle of letters gives
At first I'd thought the dots in some rectangles would be
Now, what can we do with these words we've got?
Another idea is to
Thanks to Stiv, this does indeed make sense if we just simplify the tracks a bit:
and the answer is
For starters, I've rectified the data in the image by manually adjusting UV coordinates in Blender:
I edited the rectified image in GIMP, first rescaling to 144x64, then adjusting colors until the resulting image data is perfectly clear (one or two errors may have crept in):
Now if you look closely, every second column is just alternating black/white. ...
The flags here are
Also, in each circular round of flags, there is
Decoding (two stages)
In each case, I'm
Starting from the innermost ring:
The only one of these which makes sense right away is
Now we have enough words to
So the 12-letter word is
That was fun! Each step through the ...
Partial answer: text decoded
The symbols are the Shavian alphabet -- but this won't help decode them, because the phonetic assignments aren't correct at all.
I started with
After that break-in, the rest was decoded by finding words with only a few symbols missing and filling them in. The only potential stumbling blocks here are the vowels (which we'll get ...
I think I got it. The idiom we are looking for is:
The second hint implies that
Doing this for each pair of countries gives
Taking the first letters and putting them together gives
Taking this and the first hint, it seems that we do need to use
I spent quite a while working on this yesterday and today. I only have a partial answer.
I started with the assumption that
I chose this assumption because:
Given this assumption, I tried:
I might proceed with:
First, notice that:
But if we take a look further:
For example, for the RED one:
But, cleverly, we don't stop here! Taking a look far further:
For example, for the RED one:
So if we tabulate the results, and taking the "differences":
The last thing is to extract the final answer:
The final answer is:
Final remark (helped by the author):
Looking at the numbers, I find that all the numbers on a light colored background are 4, 5, 6, or 7. And only five are 4 and 5.
The problem was that I don't know how to pair up the digits, except that I'm pretty sure the inner ring goes
However it goes, the "e" and "f" must be paired with "4" or "6", yielding n/N and o/O
Edit: to ...
1 A colour of planet earth
2 Someone renouncing a non-existent place
3 A grenade was delivered
4 Block the single
5 A small insect will harass you
6 Jealousy of transport method
7 A flutter at the same time
8 Old hum is measurement
9 Covering recedes
So then the red letters are
The green letters are
The blue letters are
You are going to:
And the Safe combo is:
I had no idea where to start with this, so did some cryptanalysis. The Index of Coincidence was $0.04082$ suggesting a polyalphabetic cipher (therefore likely vigenere), and running probable key lengths suggested that the most likely key length would be 8. Now things started to fall into place!
The first important ...