Working Out

It would seem some of the office has already begun to head towards the home front for holiday festivities. Still rolling on our sugar-high from yesterday’s cookie explosion, some of us are playing a few roles. You may have noticed my cadence on the tweets today, expect more of it. 😉

But what’s really going down in HI? Clean up. Yup just like I mentioned last week, the final year-end grind continues. S’ hard to start new projects with merriment on the way. Still, whispers of TOT drift down the cube-space every now and then. There’s talk of tornadoes… And I believe… questions of whether or not any one has actually seen one. Well? have you? 😛

I said I’d reveal the puzzle, so here it is, in all its majesty.

— Answer to Puzzle #34 —

20|14|23_13|17|13|5|22|2_20|24|24|23|15|2|9_12|7|17|12|8|13
20|8|18|21_23|13|15|5|12|25|5|19_8|9_18|25|5|11

The first thing to know is [ you’ll be changing the numbers to letters of the alphabet ] Start at the beginning [ T = 20th letter of the alphabet ] next you’ll [ count 14 letters past T, if you hit Z, just wrap back around to A (and vice versa) ] The next number equals [ H ] and so [ 23 letters beyond H is E ] This makes our first word [ The ].

Instead of starting anew with each word, you’ll carry on from [ the last letter you made, in this case E ] An important thing to understand is [ every time you encounter a vowel, reverse the direction of your count ] So for 13 you’ll [ count up from E to get R ].

Continue in this manner [ reversing counting direction every time you hit a vowel ] until you’ve solved the puzzle. Once you’ve solved for all the numbers, you’ll read the phrase:

[ The ransom suspect hardly said anything of note ]

See you all tomorrow, with a brand new puzzle to boot!

– Novel –

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