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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. ...


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I was notified from my Wikipedia talk page about this puzzle, and I tried to identify it, but after halfway there's more and more unrecognized characters so I stopped there. Original: The partially-reconstructed text: Edit: here's the unicode: ꦪ​ꦱ​ꦫ​ꦩ​ꦥꦸ​ꦲꦲꦶꦮꦺꦴꦥ꧀ꦠꦶꦫꦱ​ꦯ꧀ꦩꦂ꧉​​ꦮ​ꦥ​ꦫ​ꦩ​ꦪꦸ​ꦥꦶ꧉​​◌꧀ꦲꦥꦥ꧀ꦩ​ꦲ​ꦝ​ꦫ​ꦩ​ꦲ​ꦮ​ꦭꦸ​ꦥ​ꦭꦶꦁ​ꦩ​ꦮ​ꦥꦂꦪ꧀ꦱ​ꦫ꧀ꦠꦺ​ꦩ​ꦫ​ꦥꦸ​ꦥ​ꦓ​ꦲ​꧉​ ...


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This appears to be Javanese script. Here's some sample text from Omniglot so you can see the similarities: The first few characters look like ga, na, ra, ma, and maybe a final _w consonant? (The "ε" shape of the ma is pretty distinctive, but the rest is much harder to identify.) The handwriting quirks make it difficult to transcribe without knowing the ...


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The finished grid is: Rearranged, this becomes: The clues you're missing: 1A: 11A: 16A: 1D: 2D: 5D: 7D:


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1 down: 7 down: 14 down: 16 across: New Grid:


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On the black/white rows, there is 6-bit code/encoded data (the original orientation is up-side down.) Here are 'paste bins' of the data/code in various formats: ASCII: https://pastebin.com/mAF7M8pA HEXADECIMAL: https://pastebin.com/H0tSJaY1 IBM Punch-card data: https://pastebin.com/dGH8Lxam Secondly, the colored rows create a pretty decent musical ...


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Here is mine to kick it off: Sentence: They're there to show their wordplay is too much fun for only two to four people, so come to the fore and join in the play by making a play or go buy a room at an inn. Homophone groups: they're, there, their (+3); too, to, two (+3); for, four, fore (+3); play, play (+2); by, buy (+2); in, inn(+2). Score: 15 [Note: ...


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Preliminary answer. The work to get a definitive answer is more than I have time for. As OP points out: Also, as OP pointed out: As with all such problems, the goal is to try to have each test divide the remaining set of possibilities into 3 groups, as evenly as possible. The only possible option for the first test is to weigh N coins on the left versus ...


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What follows establishes a lower bound on the value of weighings and is a summary of what I know about this puzzle. As well as motivations for specific values.


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