First, I noticed that in the four equations there were only a total four different kufi used. (Is kufi the plural of kufic?) I substituted a letter for each one and came up with these equations:
A + B = C + D
4 x A = B x D
A - C = B x B
A - B = D / 2
There are two notes written on the page: Whole numbers only please, and there ought to be a naught. So, no fractions, and one of the four values is zero.
I guessed that the zero wouldn't be involved in multiplication or division operations. Mostly because, if it was, the only solution would be for all four variables to be zero. Which is a valid solution, I suppose. But not very useful.
I knew this simply by trial. If A=0, then 4xA=BxD meant that either B or D must also be zero. If it were B, then A-C=BxB would force C to also be zero. If it were D, then A-B=D/2 would mean that B had to be zero, and therefore also C. Confused?
So if it's not A, B, or D that is zero, then it must be C. By sheer luck, from that premise, the first values I tried in A-C=BxB worked, and allowed me to calculate D.
I guess I have to acknowledge that there's a possibility other numbers will also solve the equation, but the ones I came up with are certainly the smallest numbers.
the squares are 12x12, and break the rules, but at that time, it looked like her intent was for the outside frame to be the 3 digits, the middle frame to make the next 2 digits, and the inside frame the final digit.
She arrives at the 13 x 13 format, and again starts to assign colors to digits, but that corner X makes me think it's another ruled our design. Page 38 seemed to confirm that to me, showing another square kufic with a corner marked with X, and two more scribbled out squares. There is also a note written: "wierd (sp) corner that doesn't break the rules?" I am not aware of what rule she refers to.
It just really feels like we should be able to look at "088-08-9" and say "Oh, here's what the 8 looks like."
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