(SPOILER EDITION) Descent of the Durtle into Madness


#101

Clicking on the cover image should take you inside the book.


#102

We also have anko as a word. Fun fact: Anko isn’t just red bean paste. It’s also a fish that’s fried up like karaage in the izakayas of Hokkaido.


#103

Yes, I know. But then it doesn’t seem to show me the page in question.


#104

Did you try this?


#105

Yep. I’m logged in, too.


#106

That’s odd.


#107

Could be, but I’m not sure how that would fit with the other three. It could be that sbones isn’t actually a keyword, but bones seems to fit the tone of this game more than anko xD That’s totally just intuition talking though.

Either way, I think (hope) it will become more clear when we have results from all the books…because I think if anko is a keyword, we’re still missing one.

For funsies, I tried “anko eating turtles bones” and “anko eating turtle’s bones” - not it.


#108

I kinda feel like the fourth keyword is going to be more WaniKani/durtle themed than “anko”…

Edit: Though I do find it curious that every book has six characters, except the Genki Workbook with four, and Japanese: The Spoken Language with eight…


#109

Unfortunately I do not have any of the remaining books… Good luck guys!


#110

It’s “Turtle”, by the way, not “turtles”. Capital T, no s.


#111

I don’t mind “anko” being one of the words…
It sounds quite a lot like うんこ, and with the butt-themed humor we’ve seen so far, I don’t think a pun like that would be surprising…


#112

It wasn’t me who originally found that, I only highlighted the common theme of repetition.


#113

I’m going to try to go the other way, and see if I can get 4 textbooks from this: (If somebody wants to help, I’d be really glad)

AABQD010L76223CEGD72FI5DPBOJJMO+
B51BIQPGS206HD
00LB269G
D02315CPQAWDF0B~IL7KB1FG+A

I’ll asume 00LB269G is “Genki 1”
And AABQD010L76223CEGD72FI5DPBOJJMO+ “A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar”

What can B51BIQPGS206HD and D02315CPQAWDF0B~IL7KB1FG+A be?


#114

The only other books that gave us anything close to words were Japanese for Everyone and Genki I workbook, so maybe try those first?


#115

Also can I ask why you are assuming those books match to those codes? (Not that I think you are wrong, just so that I can understand your thought process)


#116

Genki 1 workbook is what gave us ‘anko’.
It was pretty straight forward, and followed the same decoding pattern as Genki itself.


#117

Right, so if they trying to reverse match the codes to books, I was suggesting they should try to see if they can match one of the other codes to the genki workbook and see if it works, if they find a process that does make that work, they might be onto something


#118

Just looking at patterns here but none of the ISBNs start with double numbers, and none of the book names start with double characters.
So even if we assume these ciphers lead to the book cipher, we can’t assume a direct correlation to the titles or ISBNs of the books, because two of the cipher lines start with double characters.

Unless it’s one of those ciphers where every encoded character maps to a pair of characters?


#119

So Japanese for Everyone could be
D02315CPQAWDF0B~IL7KB1FG+A

That 23 in both lines might be related to “Japanese”?


#120

Or maybe they are backwars:

Does D02315CPQAWDF0B~IL7KB1FG+A look like “A Guide to Japanese Grammar” Backwards?

A IL7KB1FG 0B QAWDF0B D02315CP
A Guide to Japanese Grammar

G962BL00
GENKI