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[SOLVED: REALISTIC] [6] Abstract Art

edited 2014-06-03 04:45:15 in Puzzlers Chat

No idea. Top left looks like a telephone keypad, but what to do with it is eluding me.


  • I think these are famous codes, but with the wrong numbers or letters or symbols in the place of what's supposed to be.

    Top left: Dial spell
    Top Center:  ?
    Top Right Periodic Table?
    Middle left:  Sudoku?
    Dead center: ?
    Middle Right: Morse?
    Bottom Left: ASCII?
    Bottom center: Dominoes?
    Bottom Right: Braille? 

  • I wonder, the symbols may be an indication of how often each section is used. Like each box represents a word, maybe.

    Top center would be Morse, then.

  • Hint: Who might you consult for inspiration?

    The muses would I suppose. Fits the "amusing" bit in the flavortext too.

    From Brittanica:


    • Calliope: Muse of heroic or epic poetry (often holding a writing tablet).

    • Clio: Muse of history (often holding a scroll).

    • Erato: Muse of lyric and love poetry (often playing a lyre).

    • Euterpe: Muse of music or flutes (often playing flutes).

    • Melpomene: Muse of tragedy (often holding a tragic mask).

    • Polymnia: Muse of sacred poetry or of the mimic art (often shown with a pensive look).

    • Terpsichore: Muse of dancing and choral song (often shown dancing and holding a lyre).

    • Thalia: Muse of comedy (often holding a comic mask).

    • Urania: Muse of astronomy (often holding a globe).

  • Oh! I think the upper right refers to Scrabble tiles and their point values. The upper left is a phone keypad, and I'd bet each one spells the names of the muses in some way.

  • edited 2014-03-17 12:06:21

    Top left: Dial spell

    Calliope-Clio-Erato, Terpsichore-Euterpe-Urania [R], Polyhymnia-Melpomene-Thalia

    Top Center:  ?

    Urania, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Euterpe, Thalia, Clio, Erato

    Top Right: # of letters with that value in Scrabble

    Urania, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Euterpe, Thalia, Clio  Erato [A]

    Middle left: # of flags when name written in semaphore?

    Clio-Calliope-Erato, Terpsichore-Euterpe-Urania, Melpomene[L]-Polyhymnia-Thalia

    Dead center: ?

    Middle Right: # of letters on each row of a QWERTY keyboard

    Urania-Melpomene-Erato,Polyhymnia-Calliope-Terpsichore ,Euterpe-Thalia-Clio

    Bottom Left: ASCII?

    Urania, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Euterpe, Thalia, Clio, Erato

    Bottom center: Dominoes?

    Urania, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Euterpe, Thalia, Clio, Erato

    Bottom Right: Braille? 

    Calliope-?-Terpsichore-Erato,?-?-?-? Clio [C]

    Urania, Melpomene, Polyhymnia Euterpe, Thalia,


    REALISTIC would work, and it's in fact the correct answer.

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