Thursday, October 12, 2006

Life 15

Life 15 - OD

Difficulty: 9
Interest: 2

We have an image, a short title, and some purposefully mistyped text in here.

Only the text and source are useful here. The image and title are only really misleading. Read the text carefully, and the hint in the source. The important part of the hint is 'functionning'. On the forums, another hint has been given:
'Fn might be a little too far'. This means that 'functionning' does not refer to the Fn key, but rather to the Function keys (typically F1 to F12).

Look at the text again. Some words are mistyped. These four words are the important part, the rest is just noise. You can google for help on what function keys do, and even if you think you know your way around them, go ahead and google. You most likely do not know them all well enough to solve this riddle.

The answer is in lowercase and is a mix of letters and numbers.

Next Level


Look for 'Function keys' on google, and you should find a list of what function keys usually do on Windows. You can associate them with the mistyped words. For example, 'hlp' means 'help', and almost everyone knows that this is the F1 key.

We're pondering if we should give more help for this riddle at this point. We'll probably come back here when the next batch of riddles are added, to keep some challenge until then.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, first post, yay.

Anyway, the image /does/ help with this one, i'm just not sure in what way.

If you look closely at the laptop keyboard, the following keys have bright yellow dots on them: W E R T A S (and i think D too).

that's as much as i have gotten on this one.


11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, now that i notice it, the brightly coloured letters on the keyboard are the missing letters from the text below the picture...


11:20 PM  
Anonymous Ray said...

ok, i'm making yet another comment.

The 'D' does not have a dot on it, however, if you look at the title of the page it is 'OD' now, to fill in the gaps on 2 of the words, you *need* the O and the D, that's as far as i have gotten now, but hey, it's one more step closer to the answer (i think?)


11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the w in the missing text?

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got eessai as the missing letters.

12:34 AM  
Blogger MhaPhew said...

adr is missing a d anonymous

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of posting what letters are missing, let's post what we think the words are. That way we will still know what the missing letters are along with possible clues in the sentence.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Ray said...

ok, this is what i think the whole sentence says.

Please help, forgot my adDrESS, not sAfe to fOllOW, gone......

1:10 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

The eight word is 'too', not 'to'.

How about...

Please help, forgot my ladder, not safe took fall, gone......

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Ray said...

see, my feeling is that the glowing letters on the keyboard play a part, and the OD in the pagetitle also plays a part.

1:28 AM  
Anonymous The Antiriddle Team said...

Stuck are we?

9:05 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Yah, stuck bigtime.

I've looked at 3-letter airport codes and 3-letter filename extensions, but found no inspiration in either idea.

Guessing at missing letters hasn't yielded any inspiration either.

So far, it's all frustration, perplexity, exasperation, and despair.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opera browser, I see color changing dots inside,(or behind) the picture under the space bar, w, t, F6, and F7.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just stumbled onto this conversation. I as well noticed the missing letters and came up with the same phrase

missing letters:

Noticing the title of "OD" I tried deleting those letters from the ones that were missing which left the following:


which is an anagram for seesaw. Unfortunately that was not the answer (not that it had anything to do with the puzzle from what I can tell).

The other thing now is the word "too" instead of "to". Not sure if this was a gramatical error or if this is telling me the fll does not represent the word "follow".

Definately have spent a lot more time on this puzzle than any of the previous ones.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous The Antiriddle Team said...

it seems that you found the others a little too easy...

5:10 PM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Schadenfreude? :)

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Ray said...

Yeah, this one is a doosy, i too came up with 'seesaw' but found that it did not work...

Any hints on this one Antiriddle team?

6:17 PM  
Anonymous The Antiriddle Team said...

the only thing i can say is that the title is the least important thing of the riddle. what's right in front of your nose may be crucial.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look in the picture, you see a separate marking next to the 5 key. I think it's a Euro symbol.

However, Euro symbols are generally on the 4 key. I don't know what this has to do with the riddle, but figured I'd throw it out there.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to what I just said above this post, I found a wikipedia page with the symbol on the 5 key.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nvm about the keyboard, found one with a thingy on the 5 key. :(

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

something new just showed up in the source code. are they taking pity on us?

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is certainly a reference to the function keys

11:19 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Here is one table I found for the function key assignment on some Acer models...

Function Keys:
Fn+F1 Suspend switch
Fn+F2 WLAN/Bluetooth switch
Fn+F3 Access to the E-mail
Fn+F4 Access to the Internet
Fn+F5 Brightness down
Fn+F6 Brightness up
Fn+F7 LCD on/off
Fn+F8 LCD/CRT switch display
Fn+F9 TouchPad Lock
Fn+F10 Volume on/mute
Fn+F11 Volume down
Fn+F12 Volume up
Fn+Ins Numeric Key Pad on/off
Fn+Del Scroll Lock on/off
Fn+Space Power 4Gear
Fn+C Splendid

11:27 AM  
Anonymous The Antiriddle Team said...

We just launched an Antiriddle forum. Check it out at

There's also a hint to Life 15 waiting there ;)

1:07 PM  
Blogger Moulton said...

If we just consider the bare naked function keys without the Fn shift key, then here is a useful page that says what the function keys do in general (on a Windows machine)...

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

The key is definitely the function keys, but in combination with the phrase. Consider the 3 letter words that are incomplete. We're all used to the substitution cipher that the Anti-riddle team likes...

11:29 AM  
Anonymous The Antiriddle Team said...

Check the forums, there may be something waiting there for you.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assumed that 'fll' stood for "full", since pressing F11 in Internet Explorer switches to "full-screen" mode.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hint: the word with missing part refers to the function key names.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol hard my ass..very easy.

6:10 PM  

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