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Slim Cessna riddles revealed

This past spring, Slim Cessna's Auto Club released Cipher, the act's fantasic follow-up to 2004's The Bloudy Tenant Truth Peace. Aside from being the outfit's most definitive piece of work, the album sports some really cool looking, cryptic artwork, including indecipherable song titles on the jacket -- like somebody set a graphic designer loose with the dingbats font. Considering the title, we assumed it was some sort of code, but for the life of us, we couldn't crack it (okay, we were too lazy). And it looks like we weren't the only ones. Alternative Tentacles, the band's current imprint, recently hosted a contest open to anyone with the ingenuity to decipher a pair of cryptograms posted on its site. The task proved to be pretty labor intensive for fans, as the label only received a handful of entries. And of those, only one person got both riddles right. Fortunately, no special decoding skills are required to enjoy the record itself (did we already mention how great it is?), just a functioning pair of hearing devices. -- Dave Herrera

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