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The message below is written in code. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a sign and a number. The words are separated by lines like this: ___. See if you can break the code and read the message.

This is a catchy one, so here are two hints:

Hint 1: Do the signs look familiar? Think about where you’ve seen them. That’s the key.

Hint 2: Notice that the only numbers that appear in the code are 1, 2, and 3. They stand for rows—row 1, row 2, and row 3.

(To get you started, ^1 stands for Y, ^2 stands for H, and ^3 stands for N.)

(2 (1 (1 *2 ___ $2 (1 $1 ___ %1 ^2 #1 @2 #1 ___@2 *1 %2 ^3 @2

___(1 ^3 ___ ^1 (1 &1 $1 ___ #3 (1 &3 )1 &1 %1 #1 $1 ___

*2 #1 ^1 %3 (1 !2 $1 #2.

Good luck.

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(2 (1 (1 *2 ___ $2 (1 $1 ___ %1 ^2 #1 @2 #1 ___@2 *1 %2 ^3 @2

___(1 ^3 ___ ^1 (1 &1 $1 ___ #3 (1 &3 )1 &1 %1 #1 $1 ___

*2 #1 ^1 %3 (1 !2 $1 #2.

LOOK FOR THESE SIGNS ON YOUR COMPUTER KEYBOARD.

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Okay smarty pants. Here's #2

For each three-letter sequence below, provide two words that include the identical sequence and that are both in the category named. For instance, for the sequence ERI and the category LAKES, you could come up with Erie and Superior.

BAG (vegetables)

COR (zodiac signs)

RON (metals)

ALE (US state capitals)

ART (U.S. Presidents)

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BAG (vegetables) -> Cabbage, Rutabaga

COR (zodiac signs) -> Capricorn, Scorpio

RON (metals) -> Iron, ?

ALE (US state capitals) -> Raleigh, Salem

ART (U.S. Presidents) -> Chester Arthur, Jimmy Carter

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I'd nominate the universe itself (or at least our galaxy, and/or the stars that are visible from the Earth), but if we want timepieces made by people, I think there's a better answer than an hourglass: a water clock (if you consider each water molecule to be a "part", analogous to each grain of sand in an hourglass being a "part").

Aloha,

Brad

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An hourglass is correct. Well done!

Another..

Sally, George, and Frank were picking up their fast-food orders — a burger, a plate of fries, and a slice of pizza. "Who ordered what?" asked the man at the counter. George said, "I didn't order the pizza." The boy who ordered the fries said, "Oh, I thought you did." That was all the man at the counter needed to know. Who got each order?

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