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IOL 2010 Problem #3 Blissymbolics

Blissymbolics is a universal system of symbols devised by Charles K. Bliss (1897–1985), an Australian of Austrian origin, who thought it should be understandable to all people, regardless of their native tongue. Given are words written in Blissymbolics and their English translations in arbitrary order:

waist; active; ill, sick; lips; activity; to blow; western; merry; to weep; saliva; to breathe.

(a) Determine the correct correspondences.

(b) Indicate what the following symbols mean, knowing that two of them have the same meaning:


(c) Write in Blissymbolics:

air; body (torso); to rise; east; sad.

—Alexander Piperski