Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

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By now, you might actually know how it works. The good ol’ Smashing Mysteries: the door that would never open1 and the rain that would never stop2. Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of Paul Boag’s Digital Adaptation book, we’ve prepared a new riddle, and this time it’s a bit different and a bit easier.

How does it work? Below you’ll find three animated GIFs that contain a hidden message. Each GIF contains a few scattered letters (all uppercase) that you can use to build words. Once you put the words from all the GIFs together, you will be able to create a sentence. Please notice that no letters should be left unused. Once you’ve resolved the mystery, please tweet the full sentence @smashingmag using the hashtag #smashing.

Are you ready? Action!

Watch out for the clues in the descriptions under each animation. Remember: the key is to build one meaningful sentence out of the words scattered all across the GIFs.

Smashing Book Mystery
Nothing is more frustrating than stubborn management. Perhaps it’s just about time to do something about it. 3 words, 1 of them on the floor. Large preview.3

Smashing Book Mystery
It’s difficult to convince them though. But if not you, who else will help the company and bring it on the right path? 3 words. Large preview.4

Smashing Book Mystery
In fact, you’ve got nothing to lose. And who knows, in the end, it might turn out even better than you expected. 4 words. The letters on the floor belong together, in one word. Large preview.5

What Can You Win?

Among the first readers who tweet the sentence with the hashtag #smashing, we’ll raffle a quite extraordinary, smashing prize (and a couple of other Smashing extras):

Please notice that to avoid spoilers, comments are closed for this post. We will announce the winners late Sunday, 30th of March, 23:59 CET. The Mystery has been resolved10 and the winners have been announced (warning: spoilers!).

Alright. Let’s get to work. Or have you already figured it out? ;-)

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-book-mystery-is-resolved-gifs-crazy-people-all-that-malarkey/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/the-mystery-resolved-the-rain-that-never-stops-frightened-cats-cake-is-a-lie/
  3. 3 http://provide.smashingmagazine.com/mystery-digital-adaptation/change.gif
  4. 4 http://provide.smashingmagazine.com/mystery-digital-adaptation/convincing.gif
  5. 5 http://provide.smashingmagazine.com/mystery-digital-adaptation/difference.gif
  6. 6 http://lanyrd.com/2014/smashingconf-freiburg/
  7. 7 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-library-complete.html
  8. 8 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-book-4-new-perspectives-on-web-design.html?pk_campaign=front-page-shop
  9. 9 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/digital-adaptation-book.html
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/03/31/the-mystery-is-resolved-a-story-of-invisible-letters-and-shady-characters/

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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