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I am trapped in a cage full of animals and all exits have been sealed. At the end of a long path, there is a sealed six-foot iron gate with 5 rings as shown below. Each ring contains floating letters, but they are not moving. Inscribed above the rings is the message "Speak the password and you may leave."

Help me get out by solving the challenge and discovering the password!

rings

Hint #1:

The password is not an animal

Hint #2:

There are $\text{six}$ animals in my enclosure

Hint #3:

There are signs telling me to stay on the paths and I must follow all orders.

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    $\begingroup$ Well I think I know what to do (at least the first step) but I can't get that top left circle :P $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Aug 20 '20 at 20:46
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First part :

Each of these rings contain animals, hidden in the letters
Ring 1 : PANDAS
Ring 2 : HORSES
Ring 3 : SHARKS
Ring 4 : LLAMAS
Ring 5 : SNAILS
The remainding letters let us spell TIGER, in order to find the 6th animal (hint 2)

Credits to @Amos Zoellner for the first part

Second part :

Following the trace for each word gives us a letter : so for the 5 rings we have : REAYD which anagrams to "ready".
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Following the trace was hinted by hint 3
As confirmed by the author, the password is indeed "READY", you can then exit the cages, not without forgetting a final pet to the Llamas.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this could very well be the final answer! Good observation! $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Aug 21 '20 at 10:05
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    $\begingroup$ Good find! I am a little unsure about the E so I added some more guesses to my answer just in case. $\endgroup$ – Amoz Aug 21 '20 at 12:53
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! That is in fact the final answer. $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Aug 21 '20 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ Please add some more details on the steps involved and I will mark your answer as accepted! $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Aug 21 '20 at 14:22
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If the password is not an animal, I suppose it is

Salsas

As we can find

animals of six letters in each cage (5 letters plus the plural s), doubling one letter in each except the cage with only four letters, where 2 letters must be doubled.

Ring 1:

PANDAS

Ring 2:

HORSES

Ring 3:

SHARKS

Ring 4:

LLAMAS

Ring 5:

SNAILS

For each ring,

one letter is doubled once (except the ring with only 4 letters where two letters get doubled) and one letter is not used. The unused letters are T,I,G,E,R; so it seems the password is TIGER - but that is just another animal in the cages, I suppose. However, the doubled letters are ASSALS, which anagrams to SALSAS. The password perhaps? Or is this the wrong direction... Or salsa, if we give an 'S' to the tiger to match the others... Dk found that the words form letters when traced, D R A Y and what is either a sigma, a sideways M, or an oddly drawn E. So either their answer is correct (likely), or I would suggest any of: deary, dreamy, yard, or my favorite, Summer Day (sigma as sum + R + day...).

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  • $\begingroup$ First part looks good! You got the correct word for every ring and the unused letters are there to hint that you are in the right direction. There's one more step, though. $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Aug 21 '20 at 6:25

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