## Yule Quiz (#1)

Has the hangover worn off yet? Then identify the pattern:

Aj, Baa, Caf, Dia, Et, Fam, God, Hagg, Ink, Jaeo, Kul, Los, Moan, Neom, Ohmga, Padbbha, Qush, Rakht, Sigol, Tactt, Umneo, Vfisz, Wumno, Xikkth, Yodtta, Ziltth.

Recognizing the Anglossic alphabetical names is far too rudimentary to count as a solution. The question is: What is the embedded numerical regularity?

The best way to demonstrate understanding, without revealing the key, is to submit alternative (but consistent) versions of any three consecutive signs.

Note: While Qabbalistic adepts get no credit for correct answers, well-crafted terms from any source will be appreciated. Furthermore, Outside in accepts no responsibility for any hazardous or harmful xenocosmic occurrences resulting from calculations associated with this quiz.

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### 11 Responses to this entry

• Artemisia Says:

Can’t believe it took me so long; and with such a fine clue from Prof. Daniel Barker, too.

I am rather bad at crafting terms, so…erm…equivalences to Qush, Rakht, Sigol would be Ibdjhad (stole that from above, obviously), Chron and Texla. No cigar yet. Clue: it’s a completely numerical problem — any semantics / phonetics is irrelevant. But I took this to be compeletely numerical – list of primes and a certain gematria system was all I needed (I thought I needed, apparently) to catch the regularity. I was confused about which gematria to use, until I saw Daniel Barker’s “and yet = 123”. That made things fairly clear. I thought. Damn. OK, you’re clearly almost there — but what is the value you are aiming for.

Another clue: “Tecxl” would have been correct. Wait, won’t Tecxl be equivalent to Tactt (and not to Sigol)? It’s either that or a day of counting made me forget how to count. “… won’t Tecxl be equivalent to Tactt” — you’re counting just fine. One more step … I can’t see what extra step is needed (and can’t even see why it’s needed)…
Well, the only regularity I took away from the original series (unless I am missing some obscure one) is it following an alphabetic order. Assuming it’s significant (and by now it’s that late at night whereby it instantly dawns on me that it must be terribly significant and I am an idiot for not understanding why), Sigol, Tactt, Umneo would be Stoag, Texcl, Uxelf?

Posted on December 27th, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply | Quote
• Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Says:

“Outside in accepts no responsibility for any hazardous or harmful xenocosmic occurrences resulting from calculations associated with this quiz.”

I would like to have said xenocosmic experience, so could you please enlighten us on the numerics of this problem?

Posted on December 29th, 2013 at 5:46 pm Reply | Quote
• Celestial Spectra Says:

Found this last night by way of the cesspool that is /duck/. I know it’s way old, but it got me curious as to what the pattern was, as I like a bit of gematria.

(2)aj = 10 + 19 = 29 = p(10) a(10)=29-10=19
(3)baa = 11 + 10 + 10 = 31 = p(11) a(11)=31-11=20
(3)caf = 12 + 10 + 15 = 37 = p(12) a(12)=37-12=25
(3)dia = 13 + 18 + 10 = 41 = p(13) a(13)=41-13=28
(2)et = 14 + 29 = 43 = p(14) a(14)=43-14=29
(3)fam = 15 + 10 + 22 = 47 = p(15) a(15)=47-15=32
(3)god = 16 + 24 + 13 = 53 = p(16) a(16)=53-16=37
(4)hagg = 17 + 10 + 16 + 16 = 59 = p(17) a(17)=59-17=42
(3)ink = 18 + 23 + 20 = 61 = p(18) a(18)=61-18=43
(4)jaeo = 19 + 10 + 14 + 24 = 67 = p(19) a(19)=67-19=48
(3)kul = 20 + 30 + 21 = 71 = p(20) a(20)=71-20=51
(3)los = 21 + 24 + 28 = 73 = p(21) a(21)=73-21=52
(4)moan = 22 + 24 + 10 + 23 = 79 = p(22) a(22)=79-22=57
(4)neom = 23 + 14 + 24 + 22 = 83 = p(23) a(23)=83-23=60
(5)ohmga = 24 + 17 + 22 + 16 + 10 = 89 = p(24) a(24)=89-24=65
(7)padbbha = 25 + 10 + 13 + 11 + 11 + 10 = 80 non-p a=80-25=55
(4)qush = 26 + 30 + 28 + 17 = 101 = p(26) a(26)=101-26=75
(5)rakht = 27 + 10 + 20 + 17 + 29 = 103 = p(27) a(27)=103-27=76
(5)sigol = 28 + 18 + 16 + 24 + 21 = 107 = p(28) a(28)=107-28=79
(5)tactt = 29 + 10 + 12 + 29+ 29 = 109 = p(29) a(29)=109-29=80
(5)umneo = 30 +22 + 23 + 14 + 24 = 113 = p(30) a(30)=113-30=83
(5)vfisz = 31 + 15 + 18 + 28 + 35 = 127 = p(31) a(31)=127-31=96
(5)wumno = 32 + 30 + 22 + 23 + 24 = 131 = p(32) , a(32)=131-32=99
(6)xikkth = 33 + 18 + 20 +20 +29 + 17 = 137 = p(33) a(33)=137-33=104
(6)yodtta = 34 + 24 + 13 + 29 +29 + 10 = 139 = p(34) a(34)=139-34=105
(6)ziltth = 35 + 18 + 21 + 29 + 29 + 17 = 149 = p(35) a(35)=149-35=114

It was immediately obvious that the addition of the letters of each letter name were consecutive primes and the alphanumeric values for the alphabet letters were the ordinals for those primes, (save for Padbbha – which is an interesting anomaly).

In the set we are dealing with, n is an integer in (10, … , 35)
a(n) = p(n)-n
for n=10
a(10)=p(10)-10
a(10)=29-10 = 19

Which is the number of non-primes less than 29. This pattern emerges for all letter names, except Padbbha.

So, your alphabet letter naming strategy is a combination of using the alphanumeric qabbala value of the initial letter to act as the ordinal for the cumulative total of the letter name, whilst containing a subset that counts the number of non-primes which are less than the prime total. Neat.

Before I figured that out fully, I did create some alternative letter names as per the hint. I was unsure what you meant about consistency for the construction of new letter names. Obviously, I had to use the same first letter, but wasn’t sure if you were talking about placement of vowels, or the number of letters in each word, even though you did stress it was a purely numerical issue. I stuck to vowel placement and letter numbers as given.

ulmua = 30 + ( 21 + 22 + 30 + 10 ) = 113 = p(30), a(30) = 83
vtoml = 31 + ( 29 + 24 + 22 + 21 ) = 127 = p(31), a(31) = 96
wapyu = 32 + ( 10 + 25 + 34 + 30 ) = 131 = p(32), a(32) = 99

A bit boring, but I like vtoml for some reason. I did think about going hard at it and trying to figure out more interesting names, but it would ake too much time. I was also a bit stuck like Artemisia above, wondering what you were meaning by there being a next step, but after thought I’d got the structure I stopped bothering.

Hyperglossary gives the following:

ULMUA = AXILLA = CIPHER = ESMAIL = GOBLIN = LAYLAH = SWEAT
VTOML = AETTIR = AHRIMAN = AMGEDPHA = CHAITIN = CHRONO = CRYPT = DECENNIA = NUMBER = SHARIAH = THELEMA
WAPYU = ARARITA = CHRIST = MATTER = OLD NICK = RENEGADE = RES BINA

One thing, though. Why Padbbha? Seems like it was a red herring break in the sequence. It did resonate with the Sephirot however. The number of letters in Padbbha is 7 (7 = Eternity – Netzach), Padbbha = 80, 8+0=8 (8 = Glory – Hod), a=55, 5+5 = 10, 10, 1 + 0 = 1 Wisdom – Chokhmah).

Ha Shem, to be resonated clearly: INK BAA DIA HAGG JAEO AF DIA

325 = INK BAA DIA HAGG JAEO AF DIA = GATEWAY OF THE GODS = NEOLEMURIAN QABBALA

IBDHJAD = 18 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 10 + 13 = 101 = p(26), 26 being the number of letters in the neoroman alphabet another neat ‘coincidence’. Padbbha = 25 + 10 + 13 + 11 + 11 + 17 + 10

There’s a variant on this in Phyl-Undhu:

The approach to the library was a passage slicing through rings of crystallized ritual. The Stump’s semi-public information depositary, it emerged, was a religious nexus, from which institutionalized mysticism radiated outwards, in rapidly decaying ripples. A fog of heady, alien incense thickened in the streets. Glyph-spattered ceremonial gateways punctuated the road-side, beyond which black-robed devotees prostrated themselves before the occult evocations of their shadow-wrapped shrines. From the surrounding temples came the sounds of chanting, maddening in its rhythmic elusiveness, as the cults ceaselessly re-habituated themselves to subtly-variegated pneumatizations of the archaic Anglossic Cycle: Ibdhjad, Aj, Baa, Caf, Dia, Eja, Fam, God, Hagg, Idu, Jaeo, Kul, Los, Mona, Nemo, Omana, Padbbha, Qumn, Rakht, Sigol, Tactt, Umneo, Vfisz, Wumno, Xikkth, Yodtta, Ziltth. With each gyre of their world’s descent, the secret of language receded ever deeper into itself. 