Posted by: porridgebrain | May 25, 2009

Back to the Books

A break-through came when players realised that the grey letters from the ‘waste’ page spelled out  the titles of the book-club books from the news page:

GENOME  HUMAN ELEGANTUNIVERSE ENDOFTIME

The middle glyph takes us back the news page and if you hover your cursor over the link we get the word “byblos”.

After a bit of investigating by @EmPulse it was discovered that Byblos was both the Greek name of an ancient city and the Greek word for papyrus, from which we derive book, biblia and bible.

So it seems all signs are pointing back to the books…but where do we go now? Are there more anagrams to find? Or perhaps we need to figure out the next book club title?

SpireofDublin has pointed out that ‘Byblos’ is also a form of hyroglyphic code called the Byblos Syllabary

So lots to think about.

Is it just me or is this getting harder?! Time to get those brains working and pool our efforts me thinks…

Perhaps the books themselves will give us some clues:

“Genome” by Matt Ridley (chosen by John Kozak)

“Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique.” by Michael S. Gazzaniga (chosen by Louise Darnton)

“The Elegant Universe.” by Brian Greene (chosen by Justin Harrison)

“The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics.” by Julian Barbour (chosen by Robert Jacobson)

Good luck!

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Responses

  1. I was told to “ask JF about the code”. Someone more clever than me figured out this was J.F. Champollier (a classic French egyptologist), and some other players are already talking to “him” in French on Twitter. Here’s a rough translation of what he just tweeted:

    The GARDINER code: It was not until 1927 that Sir Alan Henderson Gardiner in his Egyptian Grammar, proposes a new classification system into 26 categories (one for each letter of the alphabet except J, plus one additional category for signs whose definition is uncertain): * A. The man and his occupations * B. The woman and her occupations * C. Anthropomorphic deities * D. Human body parts * E. Mammals F. Parts of mammals * G. Birds * H. Parts of birds, * I. Amphibians, reptiles etc. * K. Fish and fish parts * L. Invertebrates and less evolved animals (lesser animals) * M. Trees and plants * N. Heaven, earth and water * O. Buildings, parts of buildings etc.. * P. Parts of boats and vessels * Q. Household and funeral items * R. Items of worship and sacred emblems * S. Crowns, clothes and sticks * T. Weapons, hunting and butchering * U. Agriculture, arts and crafts (crafts and professions) * V. Strings, fibers, baskets, bags and so on. * W. Stone vases and pottery * X. Cakes * Y. Writing, games and music * Z. Traits, signs derived from hieratic, geometric figures * Aa. Unclassified signs

    Could be a wild ibis chase, could be significant…

  2. I’ve tried to cancel out letters between the “wasting” and “waste” codes, but so far, nothing. It looks like wasting was just a WIP or something. :/

  3. Hey all, just thought I’d add a little to the book titles. The book by Matt Ridley has a subtitle, “Genome: Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters.” The book by Brian Greene has one as well, “The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory.”

    Thought they could be helpful, but who knows.

  4. I noticed that too. It’s certainly perplexing why SOME subtitles are left out…and other’s arent…

  5. a player named marygold found this link:

    http://the8thspoke.co.cc/bookofmonththomasburns.htm

    it has some clues from aidoneus that will help decipher the letters in the waste page


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