Straight From The Horse's Mouth (Solution)

by Rob Speer; art by Vicky Howse, Herman Chau, Karen Rustad, and Rob Speer

This puzzle depicts tweets by @horse_ebooks, everyone's favorite spambot.

The way that two tweets are combined together is:

  • Take the letters from each tweet
  • Combine their values in ASCII with bitwise OR (which is pretty much the same as combining their binary values, but tells us which five characters to use after Z)
  • Put back the non-alphabetic characters from the drawn tweet

The non-drawn tweet, in each case, is missing a letter or segment of letters, often repeatedly. These are the letters that are extracted.

Each of these tweets comes from a unique month, and when you rearrange these to the order given at the bottom of the puzzle, you get CALL IN S T R A VI N SKY. The answer is STRAVINSKY.

  1. [drawn] Dalton pacing up and down; another man enters; men shake (26 Jul)
    [hidden] Audio Cassette CALL! CALL! CALL! CALL! CALL! CALL! TDK SAX90 Audio Cassette CALL! TDK T120 VHS Cassette CALL! MAXELL T120 VHS Cassette (1 Apr)
            DALTONPACINGUPANDDOWNANOTHERMANENTERSMENSHAKE
    call -> AUDIOCASSETTETDKSAXAUDIOCASSETTETDKTVHSCASSET
          = EUL]OOQSSM^WUTEOWE_W_EOOWIWSMU^E^TOVWMWOS[SOU
    
  2. [drawn] Meditation or visualization Jaw exercises Hitting your thumb with a hammer so hard that you forget (10 Jun)
    [hidden] VI. GRAVEL-BANKS AND QUAGMIRES LETTER VII. NATURE S BRICKS ARE BETTER THAN OURS LETTER VIII. THERE IS A SOFT SIDE EVEN TO A STONE (27 Mar)
          MEDITATIONORVISUALIZATIONJAWEXERCISESHITTINGYOURTHUMBWITHAHAMMERSOHARDTHATYOUFORGET
    vi -> GRAVELBANKSANDQUAGMIRESLETTERVIINATURESBRICKSAREBETTERTHANOURSLETTERVIIITHEREISASOF
        = OWE_UMVIOO_S^MSUAOM[SU[OO^UWW^M[OIWUSM[VVIOO[OWWVMU]GW]\IOOU__MWW_MSVM]IU\]_UO_SWOV
    
  3. [drawn] Who Else Wants To Become A Golf Ball (9 Jul)
    [hidden] FIRE SKY BAR CHUCKLE SKY BUNNY BAR SKY CHARMER SKY DIAMOND DOLL SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY (4 May)
           WHOELSEWANTSTOBECOMEAGOLFBALL
    sky -> FIREBARCHUCKLEBUNNYBARCHARMER
         = WI_ENSWWI_W[\OBUOO]GAWOLGRMM^
    
  4. [drawn] Win an award Do something for a famous person Lose money Live in a strange house Fight city (12 Nov)
    [hidden] By an (L-)fuzzy topology on a set X, in this chapter we mean any subset r of Lx which is closed with respect to finite infima (15 Jan)
         WINANAWARDDOSOMETHINGFORAFAMOUSPERSONLOSEMONEYLIVEINASTRANGEHOUSEFIGHTCITY
    r -> BYANLFUZZYTOPOLOGYONASETXINTHISCHAPTERWEMEANANYSUBSETOFLXWHICHISCLOSEDWITH
       = WYOONGW[Z]TOSOMOWYONGWOVYOO]O]SSMSS_O^_WMMONE_][WG[OU_V^Y_OMKO]SGNOWMTWITY
    
  5. [drawn] Extraordinarily Fast. 27 things to avoid when you learn French. (14 Nov)
    [hidden] In Winter. In Summer. OVER THE OVER THE OVER THE OVER THE OCEan. CONTINENTS. OCEaN. CONTINENTS. 0° 0.20 O.24 0.20
          EXTRAORDINARILYFASTTHINGSTOAVOIDWHENYOULEARNFRENCH
    in -> WINTERSUMMEROVERTHEOVERTHEOVERTHEOVERTHEOCEANCONTI
        = WY^VE_SUMOERO^]VU[U_^M^W[UOWW_]LWOWO[_]MOCWONSONWI
    
  6. [drawn] Then Max got a great idea!idea!idea!idea! He rubbed dog food (8 Jun)
    [hidden] T TTTTTTTTTTT ttttttttttttttttttt WTTW^ NEW YORK TO DETROIT A LL ready with Detroit," said the telephone (22 Jun)
         THENMAXGOTAGREATIDEAIDEAIDEAIDEAHERUBBEDDOGFOOD
    t -> WTTWNEWYORKTODETROITALLREADYWITHDETROITSAIDTHET
       = W\U_OE__OVKW_EET[OMUILMSMEEY_MUILEVWOKUWEOGVOOT
    
  7. [drawn] You are not in control of the things (28 May)
    [hidden] 3. Q: What do blondes say after sex? A: "Thanks, (3 Feb)
         YOUARENOTINCONTROLOFTHETHINGS
    a -> QWHATDOBLONDESSAYAFTERSEXTHAN
       = Y_]AVEOO\ONGO_WS_MOVUZWUX]NG_
    
  8. [drawn] You will probably never eat fifteen cups (19 Jul)
    [hidden] Servings of vegetables nnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnn Raw vpp-ptahlp<? nnnnnnnnnnnn rvaw vegetaoies (3 Aug)
         YOUWILLPROBABLYNEVEREATFIFTEENCUPS
    n -> SERVINGSOFVEGETABLESRAWVPPPTAHLPRV
       = [OWWINOS_OVEGM]OG^ESWAWVYVTUENOURW
    
  9. [drawn] see I ve alternated font settings to help give a (6 Nov)
    [hidden] love this. It s easy. It s fun! It s worth while! It s honest. It s foolproof. It works. And did I say, (9 Jul)
         SEEIVEALTERNATEDFONTSETTINGSTOHELPGIVEA
    s -> LOVETHISITEASYITFUNITWORTHWHILEITHONEST
       = _OWMVMI_]UWOS]MTF_N]WW_V]NW[]OMM\XOOWWU