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Submitted By:doggyxp


Customer services at RightWrite headquarters received the following letter recently. Luckily their top puzzle solvers were able to determine the meaning and help Mrs Miggins. Can you work it out what her problem was?

Da S,

ld lk cmlan ab h f m .

hs ls aa n k ccl.

As can s, hs ls a mssng fm hs dcmn.

ld b v gafl f cld cc hs blm fhh.

Man hanks,

Ms Mggns.

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Posted by speedyg1000 on Dec 28, 2002

I hope we were supposed to determine the problem; not decipher the whole thing

Posted by SPRITEBABE44 on Dec 28, 2002

Am i right in saying L is not on the top row? I think so - therefore in the word correctly your just done it as cc not ccl! Otherwise this is great and well thought out!

Posted by doggyxp on Dec 29, 2002

it DOES say ccl, and you are right, L is not in the top row. that is why I included it in the letter. If you check, it DOES say ccl.

Posted by cool_star on Jul 21, 2003

Nice teaser! I couldn't get it!

Posted by doggyxp on Jan 22, 2004

I like this teaser, personally. o speedy: All you had to do was figure out the problem. I included the "translation" of the letter so that you could see how it worked.

Posted by dsquared on Nov 16, 2004

Nice work... and I got it!

Posted by luckypuppy on May 14, 2008

muchas gracias

Posted by Thel on May 17, 2008

Very well-thought, thank you. Though it did take me a while to figure out I wasn't supposed to decipher the whole thing!

Posted by etwizard on May 17, 2008

Early in the morning an I'm trying to give my brain a strain. Good teaser.

Posted by doehead on May 17, 2008

gd as. hav h sam blm

Posted by bradon182001 on May 17, 2008

Silly me, I was trying to figure out the whole letter of complaint to see what the problem was. I gave up after the first few words. Really, really good teaser, even if I missed the whole point of it. Thanks for posting, you got my brain going this morning.

Posted by wannabnerd on May 17, 2008

weird but great

Posted by avonma on May 17, 2008

Good teaser. I SHOULD have got it, but I didn't.

Posted by FatHead on May 17, 2008

I figured it out by the first line and the last two. (Admittedly, I also tried to decode the whole thing.)

Posted by auntiesis on May 17, 2008

This was very well done, I didn't realize that all of the missing letters came from the top row, but somehow I got most of the message anyway. I liked this one very much. Thanks !

Posted by smartymarty on May 17, 2008

als hav sam blm, Dhad

Posted by shawnbse on May 17, 2008

if the top row was not working correctly then why the letter I in the first line of her letter?

Isn't "I" in the top row?

Posted by shawnbse on May 17, 2008

disregard last comment

Posted by Hammer54901 on May 17, 2008

It was the number 1, not the letter I. It also could have been substituted with the small case letter L. Just a couple tricks we picked up in typing class in High School.

Posted by zAlbee on May 18, 2008

Trying to decode the whole letter is more fun! I got everything except the words "appear not to" and "forthwith". Once I figured out the top row problem, I also realized you could spell "top", "row", and "typewriter" with only the top row... That was awesome.

Posted by srpwuzhere on Jul 30, 2008

haha g--d --as--

Posted by wordmama on May 17, 2011

I figured out what Ms. Miggins' problem was pretty readily, but I also was trying to decode the letter and was disappointed that I could only get bits and pieces! So I was successful without even realizing it!!

Posted by gaylewolf on May 17, 2011

Very clever - thanks!!

Posted by BadBunnee02 on May 17, 2014

Here's the "hit list" for the last twenty posted teasers.

The last two numbers are the numbers of comments.

Coded Principle - 02
No More, Please - 01
Delete a Letter 21 - 02
Meant to be Appreciated - 04
BB02 Groupie Challenge - 56
Balance Beams 2 - 01
Balance Beams 1 - 01
Words With WL - 00
Atlas Deer Test - 01
Don't Let It Be Me - 02
Ooops!! - 01
Words In a Vat X - 01
Beware a Gift Horse - 05
Book Problems - 03
Throw Out or Throw Up - 03
No Hurry - 01
Absent the Word - 01
BB02 Metaphor Mix 02 - 00
Un-announced !! - 01
One Letter Leads to Another - 02

If you think that's a healthy, striving, growing set of numbers than I'll kiss your Funk and Wagnalls (every page) in the middle of any main street in America you want.


Posted by BadBunnee02 on May 17, 2014

Oh .... almost forgot !!
(laughing so hard, I guess)

I liked this teaser very much. Rated it TOPS for late-nite - or any other time - FUN !!



Posted by Babe on May 17, 2014

I have deduced that Bunnee is like a bad virus that won't go away and that he or she enjoys our comments and suggestions to him or her, and basks in the fact that he or she is very annoying. It only serves to the adding of more vitriolic remarks. Therefore what I suggest is that we all stop reading his comments and just skip over them and do not reply. MOve on to the next comment after his or hers!

Posted by BadBunnee02 on May 17, 2014

You are absolutely correct, Babe.

Ignoring me or demeaning me is MUCH easier than discussing this with me logically and factually.

I must admit, though, you are very perceptive in terms of my feelings on the matter.

I am enjoying the ride tremendously.


Posted by cutebug on May 17, 2014

Right on Babe.

Posted by gaylewolf on May 17, 2014

I loved this puzzle - as I wrote in 2011 I thought it was clever.

I also think BB is going to a lot of trouble to entertain/tweak us and I appreciate that. I think it might be boring without his or her comments. But mostly I'm amused by the negative responses by other irate readers.

Have a nice day!

Posted by jaycr on May 17, 2014

Nice teaser, got hung up on a few things but most of it was easy.

Posted by catmom on May 17, 2014

BB 02 I, for one, enjoy your comments, even though sometimes I have to read them a couple of times to try to figure out what you are trying to say.

Posted by BadBunnee02 on May 17, 2014

Thank you GW. Thank you VERY much.

Finally .... a reasonable "voice in the wilderness".

All I'm trying to do is to get people to think about Braingle (the VERY best language site EVER on the web) and think of ways to keep it healthy.

Yes ... thanks again.


Posted by BadBunnee02 on May 17, 2014

And .... catmom, you too.

It's nice to have the support, even if it's just one or two people.

ONWARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by mrbill51 on May 21, 2017

Enjoyed the teaser though I found it very difficult and could not get much of it.

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