Archive for the Category: Puzzles

Puzzle

The owner of the knife pictured below would like to know what script is written on it, and what it says. Can you help? The writing looks like Arabic to me, but I can’t make any sense of it.

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Chinese puzzle

Can any of you decipher the Chinese in this image? The larger characters appear to be “仙露明珠方 朗潤松風水月北” (xiān lù míng zhū fāng lǎng rùn sōng fēng shuǐ yuè běi). The smaller characters on the left appear to be “??扵甾香饭石生?” (??zāi xiāng fàn dàn shēng ?) – I’m not sure about the first two or […]

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Seal script puzzle

The characters in the images on the right appear on the front of a Wing Chun Kung Fu school and a visitor to this site is curious to know what they mean. They look like Chinese Seal Script characters, but I can only recognise parts of them. Can you help to decipher them

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Gothic inscription puzzle

These images were sent in by a visitor to Omniglot from Romania and appear on a Romanian cup dating from about 1500. The inscription is in Gothic-style letters, but has so far resisted decipherment and may be encrypted or in another language such as Arabic or Romani. See a larger version of this Close up […]

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Puzzle

This sign appears in the window of a Thai restaurant in Washington DC, and was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what it means. Can you help?

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Puzzles

Can anyone decipher the writing around this disc? It was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who’s been told that it’s in a Kufic version of the Arabic script, and who thinks it could be Ottoman Turkish or Persian. A speaker of Hmong who wrote to me recently mentioned that consonants are called tsiaj […]

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Puzzle

Can anyone decipher the writing on this piece, which was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot? It looks like Ranjana or another Brahmi-derived script to me.

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Copper plate mystery

This inscription was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot and appears on a copper plate he bought in Turkey. Can any of you decipher the text?

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Puzzle

Here’s another puzzle for you. It was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot, who writes: Hoping you can help solve this mystery phrase. My great grandmother used to say this phrase, “I de vreet”, which sounded like “eye deh vreat”. If you could give any insight into what this means. We think it might […]

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Puzzle

Here’s a request from a visitor to Omniglot that maybe you can help with: I purchased a copper pitcher from an antiques dealer in Baghdad recently and found two characters marked under the lip of the pitcher. The dealer wasn’t aware of the marks and assures me that the piece is from Iraq/Iraqi made, yet, […]

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