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I'm working up a spreadsheet with the color and font data. I have chosen color and font names primarily for distinct first letters - --Kasumi 01:11, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

The 'u' in 'bimolecular' is Lines, not Handwriting. The 'k' in 'stock exchange' is Running. Your spreadsheet stops at 'jury' but obviously you've done more than that. Xian 17:32, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
Nope, I just read through the rest character by character looking at the Bird Font ones. --Kasumi 18:14, 15 November 2011 (UTC)


Bird Font

  • OK, so a quick look at your sheet so far indicates that the bird font gives 4 letters in order: b,o,t,h. Perhaps looking further at just bird font might be useful to see if that's a coincidence or actual info. I don't see any similar pattern in the other fonts so far. -Derrick

That works. Here's the text from the bird font [] indicate my best guess; I'm not the most detail oriented person.

both house zhen and house sung have letters written by house members and others which are [m]ore [n]ormally written by scribes however the[sr]e are a[l]so som[e] letters [f]rom house zhen which seem to be written in very good forgeries [o]f the original handwriting from house zhen

  • Heh, nice. Can you get any indication of whether/how much info is encoded? Next might be to try looking at the same thing, but with different colors.-Derrick
I got that just by writing down each character that was in the bird font; color didn't seem to matter. Another time I might continue with the spreadsheet.

Copy of the text

bold for things that seem to be missing a space, italics for phrases --Kasumi 17
59, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
I've taken the liberty of eliminating all the bold, because I see all the spaces right where they ought to be. Xian 16:46, 20 November 2011 (UTC)

bimolecular stock exchange lumberjack self fruitful intoxicate hydrosulfide fourth of july dizygotic special jury

senseful wipe up citizenly refurbish knuckle joint butanol accusingly administrative autoantibody sanding

machine corrosive sublimate ubiquitously appendices gilead quick-freeze chiromancer aquarellist quarterdeck

quaintly frontogenesis apprehensibly revamp lucrativeness tranquilize discount uriniferous tubule tawpie skin

grafting antigenicity drugged jerusalem thorn bas mitzvah confidingness worcester porcelain overcautious liquidize

falcon gentle sympathectomy laudable reach me down ascendible newsworthy disenchanter autotrophically water

smoke jumper oxyuriasis ballistically equilibrate zionism deleterious chronogrammatic bermuda shorts

interdependency harpsichord je ne sais quoi aficionado endoplasmic accolade fashionable implemental

deuterium oxide ashamedly examinable dendrological bastille day pasqueflower mutchkin jokingly diploblastic

dhu’l-hijja bermuda grass anthropometrically pont l’eveque ski jump witenagemot unquestionably articulative

polyconic projection half step secularization archduke pitch mots justes conservational continually dislikable

decarboxylation expressway citric acid communique almsgiver azimuthal dermatome meerschaum dependence

diphthongization banishment fashionmonger juvenile delinquency alaska time pulverize geocentrically smock

frock exclusive of burdensomeness rattlesnake plantain amorphously bachelors quahaug antiproton whoopla

crookedness heir presumptive exoskeleton digital bounderish chemiluminescent icosahedra grumpiness quaker-

-ladies gravelly isoalloxazine assassinate letters of marque quinquefoliolate quaternary ammonium compound

declinable cross question magnetic equator cerebral palsy heavy smokejack qualmishly gingerbread devilishly

clinker-built accountantship cacomistle well-wisher darlingly yellowbird blue devils calf’s-foot jelly afterlife

bounteousness variorum buhl bituminous coal circumnavigate demisemiquaver leviratic internationalize wheatstone

bridge abashment caravansary crewelwork anthropomorphism blood improvisatory acetylsalicylate

heartburning admissibility self-registering carminative atom bomb deviation colloquiums festering window box black

raspberry jumping-off place weaver’s knot johnson grass group dynamics actinomycetous catalogue raisonne royal

jelly sniffishly pickaxe borough english liver fluke junoesque achromatic lank clostridia busybody depravement

waxwing john bullishness dollar mark dust jacket bishop flying jib adjudicatory vituperation allergen appetent

queen’s birthday taxis punishable woodworking jack-in-the-pulpits beautification fideistic conterminous

alphanumeric expressman warehouse coquettishness tranquilest lime-juicer inextinguishable zwinglianist par

excellence adaptable hydrographically hawaiian guitar scotland yard cantilever vapidly out of work altarpiece

jarring carpetbaggery mastoiditis chromonemic adjutants general bailable diamondiferous decurved nux vomica

terminus ad quem disk wheel stevedore knot distrustfulness brassiness pandect spanish influenza

bloodthirstily apartment building four horsemen

My initial thought upon seeing the puzzle is to separate out the letters of each particular typeface/color to see if they spell anything when concatenated. However, the page makes my eyes hurt, so I leave the actual trying of it to someone else. -Shen-Ji

I find the page hurts less if I look at it magnified many times (600% or more). Colors (interestingly there seems to be only one brown?): yellow, dark yellow; orange, red-orange; red, brick red; brown; blue-green, gray-green; Fonts: ugh, that would be much easier if knew the names of fonts. I can sort of figure out which letters go with which... --Kasumi 18:13, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Letter frequency; word frequency

I note that there are an unusual number of each of {j, q, x, z}. In ordinary English text they're the four rarest letters, and here they're still four of the five rarest letters, but they appear at 5-10 times the frequency they would in normal text; for example, there are 30 'q's in less than 3000 letters, over 1%; in normal text 'q' is less than 0.1% of the letters. (There's also unusually few 't's, but I'm not as confident that that's anything.)

The word 'bermuda' appears twice, once in 'bermuda grass' and once in 'bermuda shorts'. The word 'grass' appears twice, once in 'bermuda grass' and once in 'johnson grass'. The word 'knot' appears twice, once in 'weaver's knot' (adjacent to 'johnson grass') and once in 'stevedore knot'. The word 'jelly' appears twice, once in 'calf's-foot jelly' and once in 'royal jelly'. Xian 04:18, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Font samples

Fonts entered, question answered

I've put the fonts in the spreadsheet. It was a lot of work, so I'm not going to do colors too.

I took the liberty of assuming that the apostrophes and the hyphens are from the same black font, which I've dubbed Knuth. I've also named the "font" for the spaces between words 'u', because blank lines break the spreadsheet autocomplete.

I don't know what a lowercase 'g' in the Lines font looks like; there are several lowercase 'g's that look vaguely like the Thin 'g' but rotated, so I've assigned them to Lines by process of elimination, even though they look mildly out of place in that font.

I also asked my yes/no question:

Is the varying typographic baseline position significant?

So the spreadsheet probably needs a column to indicate the levitating letters.Xian 22:31, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Tested each font, color.

No font except Bird seems to write a simple message.

The orange letters begin: "in many cases"

But no other colors seem to write a simple message.

Perhaps there is only one message per distinguishing feature. Or, more sinisterly, perhaps we need to combine features (orange AND line height) to pick out messages.

Haydn 02:11, 10 January 2012 (UTC)