reply to post by Kellter
THE EIGHTH DAY OF THE EIGHTH MONTH OF THE EIGHTH YEAR WILL SEE THE RISE OF A NEW CHALLENGE.
A REVELATION OF THE GRAND CONSPIRACY OF THE AGES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THOSE WORTHY OF THE TEST.
CUNNING SKILLS OF CRYPTOGRAPHY AND LOGIC WILL BE REQUIRED OF THOSE WHO TAKE THE CHALLENGE.
IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT A CYCLE OF ADDITIVE COLORS IS IMPORTANT AS WELL AS THAT OF SIMPLE DOTS.
IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT SIXTEEN IS IMPORTANT IN NUMBER AND COLOR, BUT THAT CAESAR SEQUENTIALLY SHIFTS HIS COLORS.
IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT THE CYCLE OF TRIANGLES BUILDS WORDS AND SYMBOLS THAT ARE DIAGONALLY TRUE.
IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT CAESAR SLIDES ACROSS ON EACH, AND JUXTAPOSITION IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS.
IT WILL BE OBSERVED, TWICE, THAT THE ROTATION OF GLYPHS BUILDS MEANING.
AND FINALLY IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT THE MISSING COMPONENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT IS SEEN.
The image is named clue080808.gif, so perhaps this is a hint to the previous puzzle, as well as some information about the game as a whole.
The top and bottom banner text are different colors, I'm going to go and check if there's subtle variation in color between the letters or groups of
letters in each line.
The 'sixteen' is important, could refer to hexadecimal coding, base-16 numbers, often used when representing color values (eg, in HTML).
Caesar sequentially shifts his colors could refer to a Caesar cipher (which offsets lookup of coded-letters into an alphabet to get plaintext).
Sequentially shifting colors could refer to using the banner text as the 'alphabet', and sequentially looking up one offset value in one group of
text, the next in another, the next in another, and so on, in a cycle.
The 'cycle of triangles' could refer to the Greek letter 'Delta', which is used as a symbol for the change between two values, eg, the idea of
using each height in the dot grid as an added offset
from the last point, instead of an absolute value, to get a coded letter.
'Twice, that the rotation of glyphs builds meaning', could refer to the fact that there's a two-stage calculation for each plaintext letter --
first, by applying an offset value from the last coded letter (the grid?), second by a Caesar lookup using different portions of banner text as
'The missing component' stuff, and the obviously-deliberate use of 'finally' seems to indicate that the missing letters and errors we've found in
puzzles so far are significant to the 'final question' of the game!