Descent of the Durtle into Madness


#4247

I think key/type relates with the article, wherein which the clue was harvested.

How to Install a Japanese Keyboard - Tofugu


#4248

I’m sure they’re lol’ing at us while we struggle with their clue, lol.


#4249

Ah, maybe alternate method to find the trail? Just search Tofugu for keyboard/typing artlcles? Could be. But that would remove the relevance of the kanji at all.

If so though, we’re probably barking up the wrong 木 with the kana keyboard thing. That clue’s would already be accounted for. Although nothing says it can’t be a recurring theme.
木, key, get it? ha ha


#4250

I was playing with shifting everything down by one row (disregarding the numbers at the beginning):

  1. AABQD010L76223CEGD72FI5DPBOJJMO+
    ZZ ACPQP>UYWWE無変換DBCUWVKTC+ LMM変換L?
    つつ ちそせたせるなんてて無変換しこそなてひのかそれ りもも変換りめ
  2. B51BIQPGS206HD
    TQTKA+BXWPYNC
    かたかのちれこさてせんみそ
  3. 00LB269G
    PP> WYOB
    せせる てんらこ
  4. D02315CPQAWDF0B~IL7KB1FG+A
    CPWEQT無変換+ASCVP [K>< QVB?Z
    そせていたか無変換れちとそひせ

But that doesn’t really seem like it’s going anywhere either…


#4251

No, no, the kanji was the clue to the article. The kanji each had some number of strokes:

六 - 4 strokes

乙 - 1 stroke
泣 - _8 strokes

競 - 20 strokes
薬 - __16 strokes

4/18/2016 was the date that article was published.


#4252

The kanji lead us to the image at the top of the article, so it’s still relevant even if we find our next clue from a different article. I don’t think we need to move on without a specific clue, though.


#4253

Well, no I mean if the purpose of the key/type clue was so even if you didn’t figure out what the kanji led to, you could just get bugged by those words and search for them on Tofugu and maybe stumble on that article anyway.

Which, if that’s itself a clue, means we should start searching the other clues on Tofugu for relevant articles and looking for recent alterations.


#4254

Is there any easy way to find all the articles which have been altered recently? :slightly_smiling_face:


#4255

It’s possible that rather than being separate entities, the clues make a chain of actions. So the stroke count thing lead us to the Tofugu article that led us to the cipher text and the ‘start from death’ bit, now maybe we need to apply another clue or two to lead us to the next part, which might turn out to be the cipher key.

Incidentally, 'Lightning never strikes twice" --> not the answer. but that lightning gif keeps bugging me.

Maybe it’s pointing to something like the Kaminarimon Gate. Or a Tofugu article about it.


#4256

Here’s the method I used to find out that the article image was modified.

Instructions
  1. Click this to download the image

  1. Search Google for the image (if you have Chrome)
    image

  2. Go to All sizes
    image

  3. Open a few images and compare. The one I opened said “plus.google.com” on the bottom of it, which was from Tofugu’s Google Plus.
    image


#4257

I’m not sure if it’s relevant, but in that picture on the page where you found the new clue, the person is using their phone… so maybe phone layout rather than computer keyboard layout?


#4258

Feels like we are missing the sokuon (little っ) that is attached to the double consonants. BTW, nice find today, you should at least get a sticker or something. Things were getting grim…


#4259

Thanks, lol.


#4260

The end of the How to Install a Japanese Keyboard article says to look out for Part II - How to type in Japanese, which is here. I don’t immediately see anything helpful there, though…


#4261

And the dakuten/handakuten. And the other small kana (ya, yu, yo)


#4262

I could never have found that from my tablet. Even knowing it’s there, that part of the image is off the edge of the screen :cry:


#4263

Although there are numerous references to using the space bar, to convert kana to kanji…?


#4264

Oh geez… I hope not. IMEs remember the words you’ve entered before, so different people would likely get different answers. :sweat_smile:


#4265

Let’s hope we don’t have to try and decode Koichi’s favorite kaomoji:

  • Guy Pointing to Butt (╭☞•́⍛•̀)╭☞ (__(__|
  • Giving up on Life Bean _( :⁍ 」 )_
  • Horrible Torture your Coworkers Face (◞≼⓪≽◟⋌⋚⋛⋋◞≼⓪≽)
  • And, of course, Cat ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅ

#4266

Phone keypad kind of looks like a matrix?