the publius enigma

The IMAROONEDLA acrostic


Publius acrostich MAROONED


Publius | 24.07.1994
>>>>>>>>> A  N E W  M E S S A G E <<<<<<<<<

Here's just a fragment of the post:

[…]

I will also provide some new data to work with:

My friends,
    * A recipe for a solution

     Review the division bell material

     Orient yourselves a first time, then

    Open your minds again a second time to truly move ahead

     Notice everything that has been presented

         since all the necessary Evidence has been supplied

     Direct yourselves with communication

     : and two more -

     Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes
    (this clue has already been posted, but has not yet been
     thoroughly addressed)

    A question: what exactly is a division bell and where could  
    this lead your thoughts?


[…]

First, let's start by considering the capitalised letters only from the asterisk on.

A-R-O-O-N-D

I've excluded the capitalized E, which is in the middle of the sentence and the M from "My friend".

Note that these two letters form the word "ME".

So let's get back to the other letters and see what we can get from them:

A-R-O-O-N-D

AN ODOR
A DONOR

O RADON
ORDO NA
DOOR NA

Talking only the first two acronyms and combining them with the word "ME":

AN ODOR ME
A DONOR ME (Gilmour is a known philantropist)

Adding the missing letters "L" & "A":

AN ODOR MEAL I
ANIMAL E-DOOR
A MENIAL DOOR
AMOR ODE LAIN
A MODEL NO AIR
A MODERN OIL A
MORE ON DALAI
A MORON IDEAL

ROMAN ODE AIL (Publius Ovidius Naso composed poems when in exile in Romania...)

ROMANIA LODE - ROMANIA DOLE

Of course, the most plausible anagram is "I MAROONED LA =  AN EMAIL DOOR"

Here's something else:

    * A Recipe for a Solution = ARS (ART in latin)
     Review the Division Bell Material = RDBM
     Orient Yourselves a First Time, then = OYFT
    Open your Minds Again a Second Time to Truly Move Ahead = OMASTMA
     Notice Everything that has been Presented = NEP
     Direct Yourselves with Communication = DYC

ARS RDBM OYFT OMASTMA NEP DYC
ARS  BOY OF DRAMA MYST PEN DCMT
DRAMA OF MYSTERY ON PAST  DBCM
MYSTERY OF DRAMA ON PAST  DBCM

Just more useless guessing... but who knows.

The works of a poet

Considering all, I suspect the author of the Enigma to be well versed in the art of poetry.
The stylistic figures that have been used in the messages are all taken from poetry.

It is also very interesting that "A recipe for a solution" is being presented as an acrostic! A lot has been done on trying the interpret the meaning of the "I MAROONED LA" acrostic, but nothing has been done to see if the acrostic form could lead us to something meaningful.

Publius | 11.06.1994
MY PAIL RTCIP (I CRYPT MAIL?)

Publius | 15.06.1994
M IB SSY PAIL RTC IP (the "M" which disappeared from the first message was may be added to the message title...)

M IB SSY PAIL RTCIP – PICTR LIAP YSS BIM (backwards)

MAP PICTR  BLISS YI
I TRY MAP PIC BLISS
MY IP  PICTR  A BLISS
MY TRIP A PIC BLISS
MY TRIP'S A PIC LIBS
RB PICT IS MAY LIPS, MAY RB PICT IS LIPS,  IT MAY PIC  RB'S LIPS

Could it be a reference to SEVERAL SPECIES OF SMALL FURRY ANIMALS GATHERED TOGETHER IN A CAVE AND GROOVING WITH A PICT? (So the "password" to open the door of the "CAVE" could be "CLAYMORE"...)

Looking for Richard...

Publius | 23.06.1994

SBYIRID = I R SYD B I (I, Richard "SYD" Barrett, the first, or Richard SYD Barrett the Second))

Looking for direction

How and Where?
The Division Bell 
Listen again 
Look again 
As your thoughts will steer you 
Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes 
Lyrics, artwork and music will take you there 


Taking all the capital letters:

HWTDBLLALL

Applying A=Z, B=Y transposition:

SDGWY OOZOO

I can only find this:
SYD GO OZ WOO

Lyrics, artwork and music will take you there

So let's work once more on the artwork.

Page 8-9: Marooned. Motive of red fighting dolphins or whales (?) printed on the sand + several seashells. The word "OTTO" (italian word for 8) is printed white on a red little face on page 8.

Concepts of isolation, exile from home, desert island. Publius Ovidius Naso was exiled from Rome (Italy) by emperor Augustus. He landed on TOMIS (now Constanta), a coastal city of the Black Sea, now situated in Romania... Ovidius was a good OBSERVER of the Roman Life.

MAROONED contains the AMOR/ROMA anagram. Rome was considered as the city of Love since the Roman era. In his Art of Love, Publius Ovidius Naso celebrates Roman women as the most beautiful.

The music of MAROONED has a very nostalgic tone. It could well express the notion of Exile/Separation from home/Remoteness that is implicitly suggested by the title.

Ovidius was assigned to this remotest outpost of the Roman Empire after having an argument with the emperor, who was displeased by his book, the Art of Love (Ars Amatoria).

Interestingly, the coat of arms of Romania contains, among other symbols, a pairs of dolphins.

At the beginning, we hear waves and seagulls. The city of TOMIS/CONSTANTA is a famous place on the Black Sea since Antiquity.