I just realized that I might have made a mistake when I made the pattern, and I think if I had solved it correctly, I wouldn't have had any
misspellings in the answer (but I don't really feel like re-figuring it). I'm going to show you the way I solved it (WITH misspellings) and at the
end I'll explain what I think it should've been.
The 6 characters at the bottom were not literally showing ABC XYZ, but just the beginning and the end of the pattern. The 5 under this were, as many
people said, ENIIN, and I think it was americandingbat who figured out that these letters corresponded to the beginning of each word.
Now, for the pattern.
The pattern for the symbols went like this. First, no triangle #1, then, no triangle #2, then no triangle #3, etc. When it finished this cycle, it
went no triangle #1 and #2 then no #1 and #3, then no #1 and #4, etc. After this it went to no #1-2-3, then #1-2-4, then #1-2-5, etc., then #1-2-3-4,
#1-2-3-5, #1-2-3-6, #1-2-3-7, and ending with #1-2-3-8.
This is the pattern I came up with, with "NA"s showing symbols that weren't in the puzzle.
After this, I worked through each word, substituting E for the first letter of the first word, N for the next, I, I, then N. So, for example, the 2nd
word started with N. I made a spreadsheet with one column having the numbers 1-26, and another column having the letters A-Z. The 1-26 corresponded
to the symbols in the above table. So I knew the "N" of the 2nd word was the 1st symbol in the pattern. I then shifted the A-Z column down by 1
each time I moved a letter, so it went something like this:
until I got the word "NORTHERN"
So I did this with each word, starting with the 1st letter that I knew (because of ENIIN).
The answer I got came out to
EXTRZNF NORTHERN INRTALLZSNM INFLUENCES NATURE
With the words I had, I figured out it was something along the lines of EXTREME NORTHERN INSTALLMENT INFLUENCES NATURE, which as any good ATSer knows,
There was one symbol that I threw out (it should've been the #8 symbol), because I had been assuming some things at the beginning, and that piece
didn't fit my assumptions. I think that if I had left that piece in, maybe there wouldn't have been any misspellings.
Thanks for all the help, guys. If that "ENIIN" thing relating to the beginning of each word had never been brought up, I never would've been able
to solve it.
(edited to fix a mistake when I was explaining the pattern)
[edit on 14-8-2008 by Wintermute]