A puzzle with a purpose

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A puzzle with a purpose

Post by William » Thu May 14, 2009 9:39 am

Some readers may have read the thread in the Gallery forum about my experiments with Localizable Sentences expressed as Unicode characters.

I am adding some sentences and some glyphs to represent colours. For example, the following.

U+F9105 LOCALIZABLE SENTENCE THE COLOUR IS GREEN.

I have produced fourteen glyphs, one for each of the following colours, black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, grey, white, cyan, pink, dark grey, light grey.

I have been testing the font and have produced the following graphic showing the fourteen glyphs in a random order.
locse005_random_order.png
Fourteen glyphs representing colours, in random order
locse005_random_order.png (25.78 KiB) Viewed 3979 times
The puzzle is to try to deduce the order in which the glyphs representing the colours are displayed in the graphic.

I have tried to design the glyphs by using the line shadings used in the Petra Sancta method for depicting colours in old black and white books on heraldry, though that does not cover all of the colours used in this list of fourteen colours, though it does have some shadings to represent colours that I have not used.

Hopefully the puzzle will be of interest to some readers and will be fun to try to solve.

The puzzle also has a purpose in that I have tried to design the glyphs so that people already familiar with the Petra Sancta method will hopefully have an intuitive feel for which colour is being represented. So I am wondering whether I have been successful.

Readers are invited to post their suggested solutions to the problem together with any comments that they choose to make as to the ease or difficulty of deciding which glyph is intended to represent which colour.

I shall try to add a spoiler protector at the end of this post so that if people do post solutions then the solutions will not be displayed to someone wishing to try the puzzle without first reading the solution!

William Overington

14 May 2009

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William
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Re: A puzzle with a purpose

Post by William » Tue May 19, 2009 8:31 am

Here are some links to the Petra Sancta system of indicating colours using monochrome lines.

As it happens I did not know of these two pages when I produced my designs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatching_system

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester_Petra_Sancta

Some readers of the first page mentioned above may like to know that if one downloads the full resolution version of the diagram of the more complicated hatchings to local storage and then opens that file in Paint and one then displays the image at 8x magnification, then the detailed design of those more complicated hatchings is displayed on-screen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nemhe ... %A1sa,.png

I found that the hatching for water-colour was amongst several that I did not know before.

William Overington

19 May 2009

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Re: A puzzle with a purpose

Post by William » Tue May 19, 2009 10:32 am

The solution to the puzzle is now available in the following thread.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2705

William Overington

19 May 2009

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