Originally posted by leisurelysloth I know what I had intended. It will be interesting to see if anyone can come up with a different answer that still makes sense. Any ideas?

LS, I am still looking and thinking every chance I get...

Originally posted by leisurelysloth I know what I had intended. It will be interesting to see if anyone can come up with a different answer that still makes sense. Any ideas?

no. i just see a bunch of smilies. i'm not very good at these. i can do math... but not smilies. lol... maybeðŸ™„

Originally posted by Zelinda no. i just see a bunch of smilies. i'm not very good at these. i can do math... but not smilies. lol... maybeðŸ™„

Hint. Don't let the smilies throw you. It's really just simple pattern recognition. You can "stop the action" and get rid of the smilies by simply making your own paper copy. I used graph paper with open squares to represent the plain smiles and filled squares to represent the big grins, when I was attacking SJ's puzzles. I found this very helpful as staring at (and trying to remember) the smily patterns as they blinked on and off gave me a headache.... :'(

Originally posted by leisurelysloth Hint. Don't let the smilies throw you. It's really just simple pattern recognition. You can "stop the action" and get rid of the smilies by simply making your own paper copy. I used graph paper with open squares to represent the plain smiles and filled squares to represent the big grins, when I was attacking SJ's puzzles. I found this very helpfu ...[text shortened]... ying to remember) the smily patterns as they blinked on and off gave me a headache.... :'(

This is not at all what I had in mind but since I just made the puzzle up, there may very well be other solutions which are quite logical. I'm curious what is your reasoning for the second part?

Originally posted by leisurelysloth This is not at all what I had in mind but since I just made the puzzle up, there may very well be other solutions which are quite logical. I'm curious what is your reasoning for the second part?

I added values of top row (including the "7", to equal 28) then used a value for last item in second row to let sum = 28.

I am incredibly stumped. I HATE this. I know it should be obvious.

Originally posted by SJ247 I added values of top row (including the "7", to equal 28) then used a value for last item in second row to let sum = 28.

I am incredibly stumped. I HATE this. I know it should be obvious.

I don't think this solution works for the previous items of the second row.

I'll give a hint. My solution is not dependent on any particular language. For example, in your previous puzzle the solution depended on the number of letters in the English spelling for each number.

It would be interesting if anyone came up with a language which worked for this particular puzzle, and I would be compelled to accept it as a plausible solution. However, that wasn't at all what I had in mind....