What do they mean?
The Brainstorming Page
Several mysterious symbols have been sent to us from around the world, and after a bit of investigation by some of our expert referees, we've managed to find plausible explanation for most.
But there are a few which haven't been met with a satisfactory explanation - hence this series. If you have any ideas about any of the symbols below, please let us know.
Before you start...
Here are a few tests to fire up your brain cells.
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How fast can you complete this challenge?
An easier one
Here's another little puzzle to get your grey matter warmed up
No prizes for quessing the name of this cross. The challenge is: How fast can you draw a cross with these proportions?
What do these symbols mean?
From Verona, Italy. An intriguing scribble?
This is a most unusual cross, in that there is a mechanism, for some unknown purpose, and some inscriptions, with no known meaning.
Just a forked cross with a suppedaneum? We think not.
We know a fair bit about this item, but we don't know for sure what it's used for.
Do you know?
Why is this reversed?
Two similar crosses from Serbia
...and of course, any of these symbols could have no meaning at all – merely the results of somebody's doodling. But if you fancy a challenge, click on a link above for more details.
Here are some for which we (think) we've found an answer
SOLVED! This one from England looked an easy one. But it wasn't what it seemed.
SOLVED! From New Mexico.
SOLVED! Initially we thought this was a Swedish Masonic badge, but now we know better
SOLVED! From our Swedish investigator, but the symbol has no Nordic origin.
SOLVED! Tattooed on a young lady's back. Christian symbol?
SOLVED! We thought this Curved Cross was Norman, but we were wrong.
SOLVED! Describing this cross was easy; the puzzle was finding its context.
SOLVED! Without a background colour, describing this cross is not so easy.
SOLVED! A type of Celtic Cross; the puzzle was to find out what the five blobs represent.
SOLVED! This image didn't take too long to identify.
SOLVED! Another puzzled solved by an astute investigator.
SOLVED! A very prophetic cross.
SOLVED! A cross with a truly Royal connection
SOLVED! Could you open this door?
SOLVED! Recognise this badge?
SOLVED! WWI, French.
SOLVED! Osmosis from Paganism to Christianity
SOLVED! We thought it might be as association's logo, but now think that is unlikely.
SOLVED! Perfect match!
SOLVED! We were hooked on this one
SOLVED! No, it's not the silhouette of a jet plane
SOLVED! This one is now squared away
SOLVED! Flowers and birds
SOLVED! (but still a bit stumped)
SOLVED! What is the significance of 26?
SOLVED! The birds have sung