cyrebjr (cyrebjr) wrote,
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Tuesday Teaser #57: How much is EQUESTRIA?

So... yeah. Hi.

I've been a little busy. Not busy with exactly the things I'd prefer, I admit, but some of them are what I want. Like, I'm doing a wimpy (by volume) version of NaNoWriMo; I'm hoping to finish a few chapters by the end of November.

On to the puzzle! Maybe you have heard of Equestria Daily. Last month, they finally got mascots, Spotlight Splash and Rocket Tier. When I read that Spotlight likes solving puzzles, that lent me the impetus to write this puzzle, a pony-themed alphacipher.

In a normal alphacipher, each letter has been assigned a distinct integer value from 1-26, and several words are provided along with their values as determined by adding together the values of their letters. For example, with the common A=1, B=2... Z=26 assignment, EXAMPLE has a value of 5+24+1+13+16+12+5=76. (Yes, both E's count.)

However, I performed some different calculations. The rule I used does coincide with the normal addition in many predictable cases, but... well, my Puzzle Hunt experience is keeping me from outright telling you the rule. If you find that "figure out the secret rule" approach to be too difficult--or obnoxious--here's the rule in rot13:

Rnpu anzr vf gb or fcyvg vagb cnegf bs rdhny yratgu; gur yratgu va rnpu pnfr vf gur ynetrfg cevzr ahzore gung jvyy jbex. V gbbx gur fhzf bs rnpu cneg naq zhygvcyvrq gurz gbtrgure sbe gur tvira inyhr. Sbe vafgnapr, gur rknzcyr jbhyq jbex gur fnzr, naq gur qvfp wbpxrl hfrf gur cebqhpg bs sbhe fhzf bs guerr yrggref rnpu.

Here's the unadorned version:

APPLEJACK..........27550
BON BON.............2401
FLUTTERSHY..........4148
LYRA.................510
MUFFINS...............68

OCTAVIA..............108
PINKIE PIE.........65379
RAINBOW DASH.........186
RARITY..............2736
SPIKE.................49

TIME TURNER.........5082
TRIXIE..............2624
TWILIGHT SPARKLE..369279
VINYL SCRATCH....3270960
ZECORA...............663

How much is EQUESTRIA?


In semi-related news, as mentioned above, I am attempting to do a low-intensity version of NaNoWriMo, with a crossover called "Dan Vs. King Sombra" which, irrespective of obviousness, is a crossover between "My Little Pony" and the no-longer-in-production cartoon "Dan Vs." My original goal was to write something for the novel every day. I technically failed yesterday, but I fully intend to keep writing.
Tags: fiction, math, pony, puzzle, words
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