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Physics World at 25: Puzzle 3

By Louise Mayor

Have you got what it takes to crack the third conundrum in the Physics World at 25 Puzzle? You can catch up on the previous two instalments here. #PW25puzzle

 

You are trying to find a phrase with the pattern 3, 6, 2, 8, 8. The puzzle answer is the six-letter word. We hope you enjoy the joke.

QIGC-YLKQDQRIKR INTPRDLKQ DKYGTSDKA IWYBPKAI PKS YLOOIGPRDLK ICCIYRQ

QDHA-EJSDPWRSEKJ

RKPPDRSEKJ SK LDJQESY-ATJRSEKJWH WMMPKXEIWSEKJQ AKP IWJY-DHDRSPKJ QYQSDIQ

IMJQHN OPTPY JF PVY YDYEPMJH ITO WX T OPJEVTOPAE GYPVJN

PWOct13puzzle-3

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197 comments

  1. Please DO NOT give the game away by posting your answer in the comments. You can check whether your answer is right using the box above. Good luck!

  2. Cian McCormack

    i’ve made all kinds of links but the answer is just too elusive! has anyone completed this yet?

  3. John D

    i too feel like im really close to solving it…i dont understand the link between the code and what comes after you make the connection about where the code is leading you to.

  4. Phillip J. McFerran

    What you have to do is apply simple logic and then it becomes quite easy. Think inside the box folks ;)

  5. Justin Davies

    number 2 (chuffed with that!)
    Ah I enjoyed that one. stage 1: Spreadsheet, Stage 2: PowerPoint and Stage 3: google.

    Great fun thanks!

  6. Ron Swanson

    I just can’t see how to link the solutions for the cryptograms to the picture (pretty sure I’ve got what the picture is showing) and get that phrase out of it…

  7. Ross B

    Number 4, not bad!

  8. Linus Schumacher

    Number 6… a somewhat tenuous link…

  9. Steven Blythe

    The location all the points on the image sort of looks like the coastline of Wales.

  10. Tim P

    Any hints on what kind of cipher that cryptogram uses?…there seems to be a lot of very long words plus all those hypens…hmmm.

  11. P. Peters

    been staring at this for hours and i’m still stumped. how are we supposed to combine the picture with the answers to the crytograms? I get the lines but not what to do with them!

    • John D

      same here, i assume that the 3,6,2,8,8 are the number of letters of the “phrase”, but i dont see how to go from the picture to anything meaningful…

      • P. Peters

        i have strings based on the picture and have paired them based on the cryptogram, but i can’t see how to make it make any sense. maybe i just don’t have enough physics knowledge?

      • John D

        i want to clarify with anyone who has finished:
        where its stated that “phrase with the pattern 3, 6, 2, 8, 8. The puzzle answer is the six-letter word.”

        does this mean that you get a phrase like:-
        the proton is somewhat constant (so 3, 6, 2, 8, 8 letters) and that the “answer” is the word proton. yes/no answers please…

      • P. Peters

        if anyone can subtly hint at how to relate the strings gathered from the picture to the cipher solutions, that’d be greaaat. if they don’t relate at all i’m super stumped.

  12. Andrew Wright

    I have lines and have figured out the three sentences but don’t know how the 3,6,2,8,8 links it all together.

    • Steve Hillier

      Ditto, frustrating isn’t it. Solved the codes,
      googled the connection to dots, and got what I think must be the picture, but can’t get the phrase. Maybe I’ll dream it tonight.

  13. V.doubtful

    i don’t believe anyone’s actually solved this. past getting the crypto and relating it to the picture to get the order it doesn’t have a logical next step!

  14. Andrew Wright

    Does anyone know if the Greek symbols actually have any use in figuring out the solution or are they just decoration?

  15. Malisha

    #18

    Answer to John D’s “proton” question is: yes.

  16. Curious Guy

    Do the greek characters even mean anything? Is it essential for getting the phrase?

  17. James

    With you, Andrew. The Greek letters appeared to have functionality in keying to the phrases – but not sure if they have additional functionality. The G, f and infinity symbols are out of place but that hasn’t clued me anywhere so far. I had assumed I would find the phrase repeated in each of the reference materials but the only likely phrase I could find doesn’t appear to yield the answer. Very frustrating…

  18. Chris Armistead

    So pleased with 22nd! Long time and much frustration in the final step to 36288!

  19. MB

    Is it just me or are there a couple of typos in the third encrypted line?

  20. Martin

    I feel sure I’ve figured everything out except the final phrase. Do I need to be a physicist to make the final leap?

  21. Sam

    I can’t do this one. Are there three separate ciphers or are they all the same? I don’t seem to be getting anywhere

  22. K

    I have strings of symbols too but no idea how to get anything meaningful from them… help?

  23. Leigh

    I’ve got three decoded lines and have made the links on the image, and now I’m stuck. Do I now have everything I need to find the solution with enough clever googling or is there another puzzle solving step I’m missing?

    • Paul

      put the image together with the decyphered lines and you’ll get the symbols I’ve been stuck at since dinnertime. The connection between them is not difficult but I can’t get the 3 6 2 8 8. I suspect I know the 3 2 8 and 8 too.

  24. dustin c

    spent 2 sober hours getting nowhere so went off to get drunk and watch the football, came back and solved it in 10 minutes! #31

  25. Gavin Bloomer

    The joke looked good on paper :-)

    Brilliant!

  26. Mat W

    Number 34. Team effort. Today’s job was getting the answer, tomorrow’s is working out why. Thinking Roy Walker’s catchphrase comes into play.

  27. Georgeik

    #36 to get it right. Very stimulating. Looking forward to puzzle #4.

  28. Georgeik

    I got the answer right but i am wondering if the pattern of the phrase stated is actually correct. To me it should have been 3,6,2,7,9. Any coments?

  29. nick

    #35
    I found the answer but not the phrase.
    So, I’m still missing the joke :(

  30. nick

    ok, I just found the phrase too :)

  31. Sog worldline

    what is the letter near Kohn in image ?
    is it h-bar ?

  32. Rob Le Grove

    #42, wow what a slog that was. spent a few hours on this yesterday and had solved all of the puzzle elements but couldn’t get the phrase, slept on it and it pops into my head first thing.

  33. Andrew Wright

    Not yet. I don’t know where to look for that final phrase. It must have something to do with image and three sentences but i’m stumped.

  34. Tim P

    I’m calling time on this, my brain can’t cope any more. If anyone fancies emailing me the solution then please put me out of my misery before I head to the stupid step. xx486@outlook.com

    • Tim P

      It all seems to have clicked in the last 10 mins. I’ve now got the 3 lines, which has led me to decrypt the diagram, which has led me to a common link…but I can’t figure out what the phrase should be. One…last…push!

  35. Casper

    As with several others here, I’ve solved all except the phrase, with several possible phrases ruled incorrect. When I get there, I trust I’ll be kicking myself rather than putting a metaphorical boot into the compilers.

  36. Sog worldline

    what is the relation between Alex zunger and Walter kohn ?
    anybody know ?

    • Steve Hillier

      Don’t want to give away too much, but you’ve got the pairing wrong there, I think. Though this is from someone who still hasn’t got the final phrase, despite decoding the codes and getting the links.

    • reverend jayne

      Think the connection between Alex and Walter is the “sideways M ” symbol to the left of the ‘a’ [...so much for my understanding of physics and symbols! duh ]but thats me just trying to join the dots!

  37. Steven Blythe

    I agree with Steve Hillier… and I am also in that position

  38. Andrew Wright

    Can anyone who’s found the answer confirm if it can be deduced with logic from the phrases and picture or is it a cryptic clue?
    Can the final phrase (the 3,6,2,8,8) be found using the 3 sentences deciphered previously?
    There are only two 6-letter words in those and neither seem to work.

  39. Mike O

    #47…. incredibly satisfying to get it!

  40. Steven Blythe

    I am sooo close, anyone give me a little hint? (steven.blythe@baesystems.com)

  41. Steve Hillier

    My lunchtime sandwich must have helped. And google. I’d say you definitely need the right search to get the final step. Nice story, new to me I have to admit.

  42. Paul Ramsay

    #55 – that was a lot more frustrating than the first two! A lot hinges on hitting the right search in Google!

  43. Jason Gow

    #58 – Agree that hinges on a precise google search.

  44. Tim

    #56 Got there. There is a piece of additional knowledge that is essential to the answer.

  45. Chris

    Can someone please put me out of my misery, i have got so far and yet the answer still eludes me. :( macattack_@hotmail.com – please someone email me it.

  46. Tim Moore

    May not have got the answer, but on the plus side, I’ve learnt a lot of chemistry today!

  47. Casper

    #69 – my favourite number. Oops, wrong website.

  48. Chris

    Just wanted to say thank you to those who emailed me. It is great to be able to say someone even gave me a hint which pushed me to that final stage. Great fun, hope there are more to follow! Thanks.

  49. John D

    #77, thanks to Steven Blythe.

    And i was so close in the beginning…

  50. Andrew W

    Stumped!
    Like others here I have cracked the ciphers (did them in reverse order), and then drew in the pairings on the diagram. (Noted the ABC hint in diagram). Looks like a star – man with a stick, or rotated bow ties if you connect outer edges. Even joining the dots in letter order did not help. No clue as to the 36288 piece.
    May have to email other folk here for a further nudge in the right direction.

  51. Sog worldline

    #80. Thank u Steven.
    Line by Line
    search
    draw line
    search
    answer !

  52. Drew

    I think my brain is fried for this one. If anyone could provide a hint to the phrase it would help ease my mind.
    djgrimx@gmail.com

  53. Not Lucas

    i can’t do it :(

  54. TheBigBan

    HINT

    The easiest cryptogram to solve is the third, followed by the second.

    You will need to Google to link them to the diagram.

    It may be easier to solve the first cryptogram after linking the first two to the diagram.

    You can then solve the diagram.

    To complete and get the phrase you’ll need Google again.

  55. Andrew Wright

    #91 – Got there eventually. Somewhat tenuous links in there but some of the comments helped a lot.
    Thanks All.

    Same time next week then?

  56. s c wade

    #94 thanks to the help and hints. And yes, you did need to know some physics so that’s why I got 95% in two hours and the last 5% answer in two days! DoH, back to school for me.

  57. Ruth

    #116

    That last step… *shakes head*

    Here I was reading all kinds of stuff I haven’t thought about since university, and then it’s a blooming joke.

  58. cristi

    hey guys ,
    i have been looking at thing for a day now and can’t see the six letter word , i solved the cypher and drew the lines on the picture in about 15 min but fter that blank . can anyone give a nudge in the right direction please my email is matei.ionut.cristian@gmail.com , thanks

  59. MartinW

    At last ! And probably last at #121. Good joke.

  60. GW

    Wow that was hard! #120, started over an hour ago. I guessed the answer after four or five other attempts, having decrypted the sentences, worked out the connections, and found something on the image, but am not exactly of the significance …

    • Steve Hillier

      If you don’t get the joke, then you’ve got the right six letter word, but perhaps not the real phrase – or why it’s the right answer.

  61. cristi

    123 thanks for the help

  62. Natasha

    #125. Finally I found the phrase and the answer after a huge amount of time on Google! You don’t need to know any physics – you just need the right search terms for Google.

  63. Dartmoor Graham

    I have now solved it – #122. I agree with the comments by Ruth. I have to say that I am a little disillusioned! However, I look forward to puzzle 4.

  64. Andrew W

    #134 at last – thanks to additional hints and google. Hope other puzzles are not like this.
    That link is far too tenuous. I was a bit closer than I thought.

  65. Rob

    Sog Worldline said:
    “#80. Thank u Steven.
    Line by Line
    search
    draw line
    search
    answer !”

    For me it’s more like:
    Line by Line
    search
    draw lines
    search and search and search
    pull some hair out
    search some more
    admit myself to the place with rubber rooms!
    talk to people that aren’t there
    generally go crazy

    I just can’t seem to make that last leap.

  66. allen

    Like many I have the three phrases.
    I think I understand the relationship between the phrases and the diagram.
    I still do not understand the point in the greek letters. Anyone please e-mail the required google search. My brain hurts.
    allenlewin@yahoo.co.uk

  67. Still Digging

    All the parts and a one result final search, but still missing the joke! Sad…

  68. Mat W

    Had the answer last night based on a crossword inspired guess (right but for wrong reasons). Got the reason for it today.

    Unless I missed something it seems the only way to get the final answer is via Googling and hope. I want several hours of my life back please.

  69. Andrew W

    Read all the comments I think there are enough clues to put you on the right track.

    You don’t need physics knowledge per se but if you are not a scientist (like me) you would not be aware of the ‘thing’ providing the answer. You need Google.

  70. Mark

    I can’t find the final step. Solved until the final step. Hints are super-welcome at markje_93@hotmail.com, thanks alot

  71. Stefano

    So, everybody says, you need to Google the right thing. Any hints on what is ‘the right thing’???

  72. Leigh

    Finally! No. 143. I have zero physics knowledge so it is possible, but it’s a bit of trial and error with google if you don’t know the joke :( .

    • Leigh

      I should add, I managed to find it from the clues given here and no additional info, so if you’re stuck I’d recommend carefully reading the thread again for inspiration. Good luck!

  73. Martin

    If you have reached the final stage and, like me, you are not a physicist it would help if you read “The Big Bang” by Simon Singh. Don’t worry though, it is only about 500 pages long

    • AR

      #146

      Thank you Martin for putting me out of my misery. Many, many hours wasted on a tenuous link to the picture at best.

      Got the joke but not something I’d heard of before today.

  74. Mat W

    Here’s tip for Googlers.

    Combine Still Digging Oct 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm and K at Oct 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm.

  75. Hey all

    Hi all,

    Got it in the end, can someone please remove my earlier comment?

    Thanks

  76. Rob

    ok, I give. Can’t make the final leap. Hints please? rob2@vrf.com

  77. Rob

    well I guessed the right word finally lol. #151.
    I don’t think i have the right phrase though, and don’t get the joke.

  78. Julie S

    Driving me mad ( more than 24 hours now!)got the phrases and the lines on the diagram & the link between but CANNOT get the word & phrase!!! Even combining “Still Digging” & “K” still not getting a link. Assume its partly because I’m not a physicist. Like someone else I keep getting US fraternities when I search so presumably searching wrong terms (for hours now!). giving up……..

  79. FoxyV

    Got all the parts blah blah blah! I give up, my head hurts and I don’t want another sleepless night! Somebody hint me, please!

  80. Dead or alive

    At last! Would have been #1 if I had paid more attention to Tompkins instead of Resnick and Halliday.
    I hope we’ll get some puzzles that require physics concepts instead of just Google…..

  81. SiBuck

    165. Googling to find the phrase took longer than solving the cryptograms and the figure.

  82. Joe

    ARG!!!! Had the right answer yesterday morning but I evidently typed it in wrong! Out of frustration I tried again today and, boom!, #163. Stupid fat fingers! (or should that be “stupid and fat fingers?” ;-)

  83. Mat W

    By the way, did anybody else try finding the keywords used for the ciphers? Didn’t help in the slightest but satisfying anyway!

    • TheOldRic

      Yes, I got the 2nd part first, spotted the keyword and so correctly guessed the key to the 1st part. #98, down from #36 because I took the symbols too literally

  84. Stewart H

    Got it! I suppose it was funny in the first place. But after you’ve spent a while looking for something really clever, it was a bit of a disappointment to find it in a Wiki article.

  85. Doubledodge

    Thanks to Mat W and his 6:45 comment, I finally got the last step and #184. Still that’s way better than my position on puzzles 1 and 2.

  86. Clive Thomas

    Well, after getting about 95% towards the answer in the first couple of hours, then being completely stumped by the final hurdle, it’s very, very pleasing to finally get it (after a good bit of googling)… That was hard! (No.187).

  87. MB

    Is it fair to say that the 3-6-2-8-8 phrase is not a joke in itself, but that searching for a joke online, using something from the picture, ought to help to find the phrase? ie the phrase relates to a joke but is not the joke itself.

    • Clive Thomas

      Yes, agreed. The phrase that contains the answer is a rather tenuous link. I enjoyed the encrypted parts and all the other links though. Very satisfying.

  88. Tim Moore

    #203
    Really?
    A good puzzle is supposed to be satisfying and feel obvious once you know the answer. That’s tenuous at best.

    • Clive Thomas

      What I actually meant, just above, was that the initial code cracking and working out the links to the information in the square was the satisfying part! The last part was just frustrating. Having said that, I’m sure the folks at GCHQ have to deal with far more tenuous links than this in their line of work.

  89. Elias P.

    #204 Wow after almost two days of searching and reading finally found! Indeed you need to google & google to find this!

    • Steve

      Not sure I agree. The final leap was certainly not easy, but in the end I think it all connects rather well. Throughout the puzzle hinges (big clue coming, but surely everyone knows this by now) on the the two things that are most prominent about scientific papers – their titles and authors. That’s not just the connection between the codes and the picture, but also the link to the final answer.

      • Elias P.

        Well in the final step I had to forget about the theories and these names and search for something else. In fact, I had to search twice to get the phrase :)

  90. James

    212 – at least I can put my mind back to doing proper work. Thanks to my old professors Bowley and Merrifield for a video related to all this. Although I would have been more thankful if I’d heard about the joke back when I was at Uni.

  91. Julie S

    STILL keep coming back to it……. large parts of two days & nights wasted & sick of searching google! Still not got it. Keep checking comments for new clues & trying new searches to no avail .Hope next week’s is better involving less random searching on Google

  92. Graham W

    #219 Hmmm. Too much googling, but you’ll know it when you see it!

  93. Tobz

    #221 finally, the agony is over! I was definitely tryng way too hard with the final step.

  94. Steb

    I couldn’t get anywhere with the picture yesterday, then came back to it today and realised that I’d missed out half of the lines from the ciphers. When I saw the results of adding the new lines I recalled the “joke” I’d once heard and was able to search Wikipedia for the required phrase.

  95. Ian

    The guy early on who said it was just logic was advertising red herrings. Cost me hours. Personally I prefer puzzles to be a bit more self-sufficient than this one, but good to finally get it.

  96. Jack Rawlinson

    Yes! Cracked it at last, and I see only 246 folks did so before me! :-)

    Figuring out the link from the coded phrases to the picture was relatively easy with a bit of Googling. That gave an obvious connection that had me haring off down the wrong path for far too long. When I finally found the “joke” I actually remembered my old physics tutor referring to it.

    If anyone wants help/hints email me at oedant@priest.com, letting me know how far you’ve got…

  97. RogerW

    got the answer – just got to figure out why now! #309

  98. Graham H

    Started yesterday afternoon EST and finally got the joke. #317.

  99. JP

    I rather like the nature of this puzzle and find it coherently themed.

    Half-seeing patterns then testing hypotheses with research, taking small bites leading to further clues and making the occasional leap of faith: Very much like physics!

    I only found it necessary to decrypt one ciphertext (but did all three for fun anyway).

    Rock on GCHQ :-)

  100. Rivet N

    technically a pun rather than a joke tho’…
    #330.

  101. LCrod

    Boooooom! 3 down

    At one point with this puzzle I nearly considered changing my name to Zacharias as well!

  102. Gerrit Wessendorf

    Yes at last!! #331! Glad to have my life back after two evenings of digging, searching, reading, headaches, sweat and tears :) I do remember the story, too. Why didn’t I think of it earlier?

    I found the ciphers easy, but the final step really frustrating. Looked in all the wrong places, but I guess it was almost like taking a short class. I learned a lot I didn’t know before.

    Looking forward to #4!

  103. Julie S

    At last!!!!! no 337 Very obscure though.

  104. brun

    336. got it extremely tenuously, still don’t know what the phrase was though”!

  105. brun

    oh right… yeah- do now- i assumed the joke was gonna be funnier than that

  106. Alchemist

    Its a Physics joke – its was never going be a rip-roarer

    #344

  107. Montmorency

    Did any one else notice an additional interesting pattern in the letters chosen
    for each substitution cipher?

  108. Jez

    #358
    2 days of my life gone!!
    I’m going for a lie down.

  109. Dartmoor Graham (#122)

    Well spotted Montmorency! That certainly copyrights it,doesn’t it!

  110. Nellythetardigrade

    2 minutes then 2 hours then 2 days.
    Two weeks next?

  111. Martin

    Got it at last, #384 the comment from
    LCrod
    Oct 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    helped solve this for me..

  112. vicky

    Got there after two sessions of an hour each, plus a moment of inspiration this morning. Just hope I can manage the next one within the week!

  113. Daniel

    #392
    I don’t think it would be giving too much away to say that the majority of the symbols in the image are unimportant.
    I’m a PhD student in physics and I had NEVER come across this joke before today.

  114. Tim H

    #393

    Like most people here, solved the ciphers and diagram quickly and have then spent ages trying to Google the answer.

    If you’re stuck, don’t give up. The answer can be found by going through the comments posted already.

  115. Mayniac

    #394
    I’ve had most of it for days (like most people) – just never thought of googling the actual connections.

    Never heard ‘the joke’ before.

    I can sleep now though.

  116. CLC

    no 399. Thanks for all the subtle tips. Would never have worked it out other wise..

  117. John

    #415
    Perhaps the “joke” would have been funny if i hadn’t taken so long to tell it to myself.

  118. Adam

    I’ve decoded the three phrases. I’ve got the picture figured out and how various things in the picture are connected. And I’ve also determined that certain things in the picture relate to certain phrases.

    Things I don’t know:
    -What 3,6,2,8,8 is about
    -I’m guessing that there’s a certain significance to counting certain numbers of points with greek letters on them? Or are there only three of those points that are significant?

    • Paul

      You are right that only three of the Greek letters are significant. Make “connections” between the right names (the crypograms will tell you which are the right names). Once you have the right three letters, a simple Google search will get you there.

  119. SteveH

    Yes! At last! #449
    Bring on puzzle 4

  120. Carlos

    Ok. Not a joke at all. I suspect the papers might be more interesting…:-D

  121. Lua Solar

    457 ❁⌒‿⌒❁

  122. Ian Paczek

    #472 and really embarrassed it took me so long. My PhD (23 years ago) was on integrable systems – one dimensional spin chain Hamiltonians. Just didn’t make the appropriate connections!

  123. Adrian B

    #489 – really enjoyed solving the puzzle

  124. Bill

    I discovered the answer prior to noticing how simple & well-constructed the diagram was, and how simply the cryptograms relate to the diagram. This puzzle is well-done, and its creators were very fair in blazing a simple trail of strong clues. Biggest obstacle for me: my own tendency to complicate things.

  125. john

    At last!!!! Got the phrases then made the links. Searches came up blank then I remembered what it I was supposed to enjoy…

  126. Martin Kimber

    I appreciate the several layers of structure that went into devising the puzzle, but it was only really the comments on fraternities above that made the connection for me to an unrelated publication. Maybe it would have helped if ALL the central elements of the diagram were greek letters than some which have distracting other meanings… never mind, but definitely less satisfying than puzzles 1 and 2, even though far fewer people have solved it.

  127. Werner

    Completely forgot to do this last week. Only #533? People are dropping like flies.

    After reading the comments I’m surprised that the hardest part for people was the end. I had a Dickens of a time with the ciphers, assuming that they were not related to the diagram.

    I’m also very impressed with people that found the right answer without finding the phrase? Can someone share with me how they pulled that off? I suspect it has something to do with the key to the ciphers, but I didn’t get it through a key, just the diagram.

    wernerhahn@gmail.com

  128. Werner

    Forgot to mention, if you’ve gotten to this section of the comments and still can’t google the answer, don’t forget that you are searching for a really bad joke.

  129. Werner

    … that does not involve cookies

  130. sarah

    537…
    thanks to werner and paul. now i can finally go to sleep :)

  131. SDR

    543

    I started on this only late yesterday and got the cryptograms soon enough. But the final step came only after several re-readings of the comments today, and mainly thanks to Paul’s comment. ALready time for the 4th puzzle!

  132. Eric

    #553!
    That was insanely hard to make the final link.
    I found the comments of ‘K’ and john to be the most helpful. The final Google search terms are actually very simple (looking back on it!)

  133. Kumaran

    #554. I figured out the phrase long time ago, but couldn’t get the 6 letter word. Jonh’s hint helped me.

  134. L

    I think I’m the weird one here. I still haven’t figured out the phrases or the diagram, but some of the comments and the fact that it was a joke involving greek letters, made me guess correctly what this was. Now I just need to figure out how to decrypt those sentences…

    • Eric

      ‘L’, I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler by now to say this:
      You might be able to use the names in the diagram to give you a kick-start in de-coding the phrases.

  135. Kenny

    #600 :-)
    Thank you to everyone leaving hints.

  136. Conor

    #689
    I suppose it could have originally been funny. And maybe not.

  137. Parakram

    #695. Wow what a trail of crumbs. Thanks for the comments.

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<a> Hyperlink <a href="http://www.google.com">google</a> google
<abbr> Abbreviation <abbr title="World Health Organisation" >WHO</abbr> WHO
<acronym> Acronym <acronym title="as soon as possible">ASAP</acronym> ASAP
<b> Bold <b>Some text</b> Some text
<blockquote> Quoted from another source <blockquote cite="http://iop.org/">IOP</blockquote>
IOP
<cite> Cite <cite>Diagram 1</cite> Diagram 1
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<q> Quotation WWF goal is to build a future <q cite="http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/index.html">
where people live in harmony with nature and animals</q>
WWF goal is to build a future
where people live in harmony with nature and animals
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