Late Babylonian – Yuck!

I’m working my way through a Late Babylonian omen tablet and I spent the better part of four hours today trying to figure out how to read a single sign. Or is it two signs? I’m still not sure. Yes, context sets limits but the problem is that this mess of wedges, Weird Late Babylonian sign, is part of that context. Late Babylonian – yuck! Why didn’t they write cuneiform like everyone else? Or perhaps more to the point, why didn’t they write cuneiform like the few scribes whose work I have found somewhat easier to read?