LOST in Translation: Oh Tawaret, I hardly knew ya

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Reposting from Mestizo’s “Good Times” blog:

I hope this doesn’t go against the spirit of Wired’s May mystery issue, but I figure since they’ve already spilled the beans on the metapuzzle, it’s probably time to do the same with the LOST puzzle on pages 104-105 since the season finale it relates to has already aired.

Page 104 was solved by Steven Bevacqua (also the first person to solve the metapuzzle), who used a Vignere cypher to decrypt this message:

U S E L E T
T E R S B A
C K W A R D S F
R O M E N D

Steve credits Nick Tierce for the idea that the page was an alphanumeric code. I had nothing to do with solving this page and merely used the clue that they unearthed.

Page 105 solution (highlight to view):
In the recent LOST episode “The Variable,” there is a quick shot of Wired issue 11.08 from August 2003 (http://lost.cubit.net/archives/2009/04/5×14-wired-time-travel-magazin.php). Scott Dadich’s twitter hint (http://twitter.com/sdadich/status/1787190035) led me to the time travel article in that issue (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.08/pwr_timetravel.html). The part of the article on Thorne Plates refers to the “Casimir Effect,” which was also referenced on LOST in the past. In order to USE LETTERS BACKWARDS FROM END, count the letters backwards from the end of the Thorne Plates portion of the article. So, count 4 letters back (the “t” in “trip”), then 34 letters back from that (the “h” in “happen”) and so on. The final solution is:

T H E F O U
R T O E D S
T A T U E I S
T A W E R E T

which refers to one of the reveals in the Season 5 finale of LOST.

-Jon

tawaret

My thoughts on this: I sure do wish the art department would have gotten their act together on this because, in all honesty, as much as I thought it was Tawaret before, after seeing the snout of the statue I became more convinced that it was Sobek.

Then again, Jacob was filleting a Red Herring on the beach in the shadow of the statue, so who knows?

~Bob

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4 Responses to “LOST in Translation: Oh Tawaret, I hardly knew ya”

  1. Some weekend, I’m going to sit down with junk food, all the cola I can drink and fifty pots of coffee and have a Lost marathon. Maybe something will make sense then. ;)

  2. 888 548-0034 Says:

    Looks nothing like ~Terawatt~ other than being an electric Croc O Dial “spelled” backward…

    Body type is most assuredly spurious and offensive if claimed as TerrorWhat?

    Perhaps the art department has its act together, but the designers of the rudimentary cipher are on a different page?

    At any rate, I prefer a crock head deity to one of hippo proportions.

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