1. ## Dandelion Code

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2. I believe that the bottom four are the key, with the first one, A, coming out of the dandelion itself. Taken from the dandelion poem, A=1, although I'm not too sure of that.

One attempt,
AC DC DE CD AD DA DC BE DD BD BD EC CD AC AB
bottom to top, left to right, taken from the fluff as to the order.
With the axis switched, I get TIKEUGIAJZZNETS, if this means anything to anybody. Kinda looks like JAZZNETS, as in UT JAZZ, but then you are left with IKE GI. Anyone? Anyone?

OH, I used the 5x5 starting with the letter R. A regular 5x5 so far hasn't given me anything, as I'm sure it hasn't with anyone else, either.

Also, the 17th seed from the bottom has a shadow to it. Not sure what that means. The 17th correlates to the letter Q, but that gives an odd number of seeds if you remove it. Unless, you don't count the seed in the dandelion.

Another thought is that the top left four seeds are the key, and that one of them is repeated twice. Which would mean to me that the second one of that direction would be a different letter. Then the seeds that point straight up become dividers between words, or signify that the next same direction seed is reset to be the first letter. Kind of hard to explain, but anyone that has thought of this, well, I tried it and got junk.

Another method that I have tried is to go from right to left, bottom to top. This is tricky, because sometimes it is hard to determine which is the next seed from the right. You really have to have a straightedge, assuming that the edge of the page is straight. I have found that my book and Bass021's book are different in that I have more cut off of my page than his - about an eighth of an inch more. So depending on your book, you may be missing the first seed on the right.

When I get a set of coordinates, I run them through Jim's PolySolver first without any changes to the format. Then I reverse the output, in order to read the lines backwards. Next, I switch the axis to "reverse" the order of found letters in the 5x5 (where 51 gives and E, reversed you get a V). Then I reverse the order of the letters again to see if I missed reading something backwords. Finally, I try unlocking the axis and run all gazillion of those possibilities in case I got most of the letters in the correct order, but switched the axis on a couple of pairs.

Now I've tried letting it anagram the results, but if you get the order right, you shouldn't have to anagram, or at least very little.

By the way, if you unlock the axis, and use the large dictionary with Jim's program, then you better have a really fast computer if you want it to anagram as well. I'm running a 3.4 GHz with 1 GB ram, and it took several minutes to get a result. I don't know how long - I gave up then found out later that it had finished.

Any other thoughts

3. Also check out bassfisherman1's post on page 77. An out-of-the-box solution maybe?

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This is nice and clear, thanks. Is the picture to scale?

5. Any ideas on why these dandies exist?

6. yep. gotta squint.

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7. Originally Posted by Jep
Any ideas on why these dandies exist?
A bit of explanation. The boxed seeds are the ones I thought matched seeds on (actual copy-paste of) page 77.

What I'm calling a Slot is an opening in the intact seed head in each picture. the circle don't have openings.

Stem shows the direction the stem is in each pic.

Jep

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## dandelions on the border

some seem to have been put IN the border on purpose, really no reason he'd be so precise if it didnt matter. Recently folded the page to reveal the poem line, and noticed that the 'border' dandelions seem to correspond in some way to the start/end of the words (ie 'There' has a border dandelion right by the T).

this seems to be the easiest of the remaining 3, but finding the proper ordering is the trick. One naturally assumes that the two crossed dandelions are paired up, but that could be a trap. Something akin to the 'unused leaf' of the Hummingbird sequence might come into play, throwing everything off. I've tried up/down, left/right, and myriads of pairings in my program and the only thing that jumped out was 'SWAN NYC I TIED ... ' with some additional letters (natural order, no anagramming). At least that was better than the usual gobblygook of 'XYCLAICAZZLEMNWS'

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ceg: does this work?

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Yes!

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