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
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 ...
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]:
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. ...
Countries of the participants
Reverse-Engineered Ciphering Process
Now let's apply this to the original messages.
Reverse-Engineered Deciphering Process
One Last Thing To Do: Name of the Cipher
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 ...
The first thing that's apparent is that
it's natural to consider
An obvious guess is that
We then notice that
So the obvious guess is
Looking at what that gives us
Seems like we've cracked it.
In answer to the question of how difficult it is to crack,
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):
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
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 ...