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Posted 04/22/2015   12:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ikeyPikey to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am puzzled by the notations on the address'n'message side of this PPC.

I'm thinking chess, of course, but what means what?

Starting in the upper left:

The '2.2' would be 02/Feb, and the '3.2' would be 03/Feb, corresponding to the 'Time Taken: 1 day'.

The two single letters to the left of the dates do not correspond to the initials of either the addressor or addressee, and I do not know of a language in which they would represent 'received' & 'transmitted'.

Q/ What means those two letters?

Q/ What means the boxed '19/3'?

Q/ What means the '9/1716'?

Q/ Are the '10)' and '11)' move/turn numbers?

Q/ Does '25x36' mean 'piece on 25 (of spaces numbered 1-64) takes the piece on 36'?

Q/ If 'yes', how would moving to an empty space be noted?

Q/ If the player is asking for a postcard, how were moves 1-9 transmitted?

Q/ If it ain't chess, what is it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_..._Las_Huelgas ... the abbey is due north of Madrid

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A1ceres,_Spain ... Caceras (the postmark) is southwest of Madrid

TIA & Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey



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Posted 04/22/2015   03:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nothing I recognize as Chess moves or board coordinates.

Could be architecturaral measurements of the Church on the picture side, or another building, or land inquired after.

Couldbe focal lengths and mesaurements of a telescope for vertain positions of stars or palnets or such.
r = right or radial or radian
m - mid or median or medial

Could be midaevil refernces, in different languages, Latin, Spanish, Hebrew, Berber, Arabic, trading languages of the Mediteranean, almost anything if given enough leway.

1913 could be time of day, universal military, so 7:13 PM.

In Cáceres, Spain, the postmark, thank you, there are many architechural and anthropological sites. I am unknowledgeable of these disciplines mostly, but measurements of sites is constantly taken, or even it could be as simple as a winery measurements or time taken to take certain steps when baking or wine making in that area as opposed to others around Waterloo, ON.

As the Abbey )Monaster) is there, it could be something to do with a library maybe. There are games played around the world with many clues and hints, and book page and word number could be part of it.
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Posted 04/22/2015   03:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Burgos, where the monastery is, looks to be in Basque territory so another language perhaps.
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Posted 04/22/2015   08:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Freibergs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As far as asking for a postcard, the previous correspondence may have been by something other than picture postcards and the writer is adding that as sort of an after thought.
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Posted 04/22/2015   10:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add eligies to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Scott Mount sizes???? for pre-cuts
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Posted 04/22/2015   11:29 am  Show Profile Check johnsim03's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add johnsim03 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely a postal chess card, using either ICCF Numeric notation, or a form of algebraic notation (ICCF numeric does not use "x" (capture) symbols). I'm guessing ICCF Numeric, as algebraic involves using letter (piece) symbols for the moves (although pure algebraic does not). I could decode some of the other stuff - the 19/3 probably is the opponents reflection time. There is more, but I have to run to work now...
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Posted 04/22/2015   1:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add HungaryForStamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The larger horizontal box is recording the prior moves of each side. The opponent (receiving the post card) on turn 9 moved from space 17 to 16 (a pawn most likely threatening a piece (bishop?) at space 25. This is notated as "1716". In turn 10, the sender moved his piece (a bishop?) from space 25 to 36 (notated as 25x36), taking the piece at space 36 (maybe a knight). The receiver responds in turn 10 by taking the piece just moved to 36 (the bishop) by his pawn (most likely a pawn) at space 27 (27x36). Finally, the sender's latest move at turn 11 is to move from space 44 to 35 and take the piece there (44x35) - probably moving his remaining bishop.
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Edited by HungaryForStamps - 04/22/2015 1:44 pm
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