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Red herring redherringredh

Red herring redherringredh


Redherri ngredh

Redherri ngredh

Red herrIng red HErrING reD heRring Red herRing rED herrINg REDHERRING
rEd HErring reD HerRing Red hERriNg Red herring Red HerrIng rED hErrInG reD HerrIng rED herRInG red herRInG Red herRiNG reD herRiNG reD herriNG Red hErrING rEd herrinG red herRing rED heRriNG reD hErRInG Red HERring ???

Red herr ingre

Red herr ingre


Redh erring

Redh erring

R E D H E R R I N G
R I I H H R H D R G
R N D G H I G N G D
D D I H D D N D D N
E E G R H D I G R D
N D D H E N D N E R
N G E R H I R N H E
E I I D I N E E I R
N H N E E G H N N I
G I G N R D D N R N

HEN GENE HIND IRED REND HINGE NEIGH REIGN GIRDED HERDING


Redherri ngre dherringr

Redherri ngre dherringr


"Red" herr ingred

"Redherr" - Red Herrin, 1978

Redherr
Ing red'h erri ng red he rri $\color{red}{\textbf{RED}}$ ngred
Herri ngre dhe rrin
Gre dhe'r ring re dher ring redh er rin gredh

Redherr
Ing red'h erri ng redh erri ngred herring
Redh err ingredh err ingre
Dhe rri'n gred he rr'i ngred he rr in'g red

"Redh Erri Ngr Edhe Rr In" - Redher Ringr, 2017

R edh'e rrin gred herrin gredh
Err'i ngre dher ringre dherr
Ing redh err ingr ed herr
In gre dher, ri, N gre'd herr ing
R edh'e rrin gred herring redhe
Rri ngr edher ring red her
Rin gred her rin gre dher
Rin'g redh, er, R ing'r edhe rri (Ng!)

Red H err ingredh, E rri ngredh er rin gred he rrin
Gredh, E rrin gr edhe rri ngre, D he rr ing red herr
I'ng red h erri ng redhe rri ngred he rr $\color{red}{\textbf{RED}}$, ingredherr
I ngred he rrin, gred H errin gr edher, in!

"Redh E Rringredh Errin" - Redhe Rringredh, 1967

R edh errin gr edher
$\color{red}{\textbf{RED}}$ ringr edh
E rri ngre dherr
Ing re dhe rri
Ngr E dherr in gredhe
Rrin g redherrin gredh

R edh errin gr edhe
Rri ngredh er ringr
Edh erring redherr ing
Red herr ingred herri
Ngr E dherr in gredhe
Rrin g redherrin gredh

“Re Dher’r Ingre Dhe Rrin” - Redhe Rrin, 1989

Redhe Rringr, Edher Rin, $\color{red}{\textbf{RED}}$ Gredh, Erringr Edh
Errin Gredher, Ringr Edherrin, Gre DhErring
Red HeRringr, Edherri Ngred, Herringred, Herringred
Herri Ngred, Herri Ngred, Herring Redher

"Redh Erri Ngre" - Red Herring (redh. Errin Gredh), 2017

Redher, ringre dhe rringr edhe rr ingr
Edh'e rrin gredhe rri ngredhe R rin'g redh
E rrin gre dherr in gredherr
I ngred her ringr ed herri ngr edhe

R'ed herrin gredh er ring redh erri
Ngre dher ring
R'ed herrin gredh er ring redh erri

R edhe (R ring) red herr (ing redh)
Er ringr edhe rr ing $\color{red}{\textbf{RED}}$
Red herri (ngr edher), ringr edher (ringr edher)
Ri ngredher ri ngred herr
I ngre dh errin gre dherrin gred
Herri ngredh errin gred he rrin

"Red" herr ingred


Red Herring "Redherri Ngredh"

Red Herring "Redherri Ngredh"


Red herri

Red herri 1 Red herri 2



Red Herring Redherring

Red Herring Redherring

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    $\begingroup$ Tell me - are there any red herrings in this puzzle? $\endgroup$ – bobble Apr 1 at 2:52
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    $\begingroup$ @bobble Mayyyybe... ;-) $\endgroup$ – HTM Apr 1 at 2:56
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    $\begingroup$ Ooh, exciting! I have a guess as to some of the inspirations behind this puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Apr 1 at 3:14
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    $\begingroup$ Puzzles like this make me wish I didn't have to go to work today! $\endgroup$ – Stiv Apr 1 at 6:05
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    $\begingroup$ All the cream of the crop is here! $\endgroup$ – George Menoutis Apr 1 at 7:56
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(Part 0 [hints])

The titles for each puzzle provide hints for the minipuzzles. However, we only have the enumerations of the titles. It's likely not really possible to guess the helpful ones before solving the associated puzzles, but if you were to somehow do so you could use them as hints.

The minipuzzle titles are:
1. "Red Herring Identification"
2. "Baconian cipher"
3: "Red flag parts"
4: "Word search"
5: "Aquarium grid deduction"
6: "Red song lyrics"
7: "Sue Grafton Alphabet Titles"
8: "Red candy"
9: "Red Herring Metapuzzle"


Part 1 [pictures of fish]

These are all fish species (OP note: in fact, they are all species of herring): the big fish give the number of letters in their common names, and the small fish give the number of letters in their scientific names.

The species are:
1: DOGTOOTH (CHIROCENTRODON BLEEKERIANUS)
2: ARAUCANIAN (STRANGOMERA BENTINCKI)
3: ATLANTIC (CLUPEA HARENGUS)
4: REDEAR (HARENGULA HUMERALIS)
5: BLUESTRIPE - (HERKLOTSICHTHYS QUADRIMACULATUS)

Part 2 [weird capitalization]

The text here is encoded with a Bacon cipher, where lowercase letters are A and capital letters are B. Decoding the longer string this way gives "MAGISTRATE OF GENOA, OR MEMED SHIBA INU (FOUR), to which the answer is DOGE.

Part 3 [flags]

These are the red portions of the flags of ETHIOPIA, PORTUGAL, MALDIVES, PANAMA, MOZAMBIQUE, and SEYCHELLES, spelling PREPAY.

Part 4 [word search]

Each of the three different types of word in the word list (bold, italic, underlined) appears to trace out a letter when you tilt your head 45° to the left.
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Ordering from light to dark, the letters are FOX.

Part 5 [grids]

These are Aquarium logic puzzles.
enter image description here
The solved puzzles spell out ONE.

Part 6 [lines of text]

These are lyrics to songs with the word RED appearing in them at the marked points; the bold text at the top gives the enumerations of the title and singer, as well as the year of release.
1: Roxanne, by The Police (1978)
2: Look What You Made Me Do, by Taylor Swift (2017)
3: What A Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong (1967)
4: We Didn't Start The Fire, by Billy Joel (1989)
5: Play With Fire by Sam Tinnesz (feat. Yacht Money) (2017)

The words coming after the REDs in the lyrics are Light, Underlined, Roses, China, and Hot.

Part 7 [diagrams]

The first diagram is depicting RICOCHET. Puzzle veterans may recognize this word from the title of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series, which all have titles like "A" is for Alibi, "B" is for Burglar, and so on.

The other four diagrams depict SILENCE, UNDERTOW, INNOCENT, and TRESPASS, which gives the answer SUIT.

Part 8 [candy]

The candies are:
- Gobstopper [×1]
- Twizzlers [×8]
- Sour Patch Kids [×2]
- Starburst [×6]
- Skittles [×8]
- Swedish Fish [×3]
Indexing into the candy names by the number of appearances gives GROUSE.


Part 9 [meta]

The left side is the "red" meta. Four answers can be fit into this grid so that the letters marked with red can be replaced with the string RED:
FOX → REDOX
DOGE → DREDGE
HATES → HATREDS
PREPAY → PREPARED

The right side is the "herring" meta. It appears that each of the other four answers is a synonym of a type of fish:
ONE → SOLE
SUIT → TAILOR
LURCH → FLOUNDER
GROUSE → CARP

Reading both "red" and "herring" letters for each of the four rows, and spacing the pairs as indicated gives FOOLED YA - a perfect ending for a puzzle released on April 1!

Thanks to Stiv, Gareth, and samm82 for correcting a few errors and helping to finish off the puzzle.

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    $\begingroup$ I think your missing one in the meta is likely TAILOR, which is an alternative name in AUS/NZ. $\endgroup$ – Stiv Apr 1 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ Also, I'm sure you've already noticed it even though you haven't mentioned it explicitly, but all of the 'Redherring' titles are just placeholders for other appropriate titles of the same length: rot13("Erq Ureevat Vqragvsvpngvba", "Onpbavna pvcure", "Erq synt cnegf", "Jbeq frnepu", "Ndhnevhz tevq qrqhpgvba", "Erq fbat ylevpf", "Fhr Tensgba Nycunorg Gvgyrf", "Erq pnaql" naq "Erq Ureevat Zrgnchmmyr") - may be worth using those in the brackets after each 'Part #' divider in your answer :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Apr 1 at 14:50
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    $\begingroup$ Possible fish for part one: rot13(qbtgbbgU - Puvebpragebqba oyrrxrevnahf, tnyncNtbf - Bcvfgubarzn oreynatnv, nGynagvp - Pyhcrn unerathf, erqRne - Unerathyn uhzrenyvf, oyhrFgevcr - Urexybgfvpugulf dhnqevznphynghf) - only issue here is with the second one; it's common name is one letter too short to fit in the blank, which might mean a typo in the question, or that it isn't the intended answer. $\endgroup$ – samm82 Apr 1 at 21:58
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    $\begingroup$ The last song is rot13(Cynl Jvgu Sver ol Fnz Gvaarfm "srng. Lnpug Zbarl", naq gur jbeq nsgre "erq" vf "ubg". Juvpu qbrf, nf rkcrpgrq, ortva jvgu U.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 4 at 0:40
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    $\begingroup$ Everything is now essentially correct - the one fish that @samm82 was unsure about is an rot13(nenhpnavna ureevat, fpvragvsvp anzr Fgenatbzren oragvapxv.) Also, rot13(nyy gur svfu va gung chmmyr ner ureevatf, urapr gur gvgyr "Erq ureevat vqragvsvpngvba.") Great work everyone! $\endgroup$ – HTM Apr 5 at 20:52
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Partial Answer:

One of the sections appeared to be flags with all colours apart from red removed. After a little bit of digging, I found that the flags, in order of appearance are:
ethioPia, poRtugal, maldivEs, Panama, mozAmbique and seYchelles.

Then,

Transposing the letters of the countries onto the fish below each flag, and taking only the red herrings, we get the word PREPAY!

Not sure if this has anything to do with the puzzle or if I've stumbled upon a red herring, but I hope this answer helps somebody!

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Partial Answer:

When you solve Redh erring, you will see this:

enter image description here

The yellow ones mean light red, Red means the same, And Dark red as the same.

Let's do something:

What if we make a thing in the gaps of all the words we spotted, like this:

enter image description here

(I used a solver, so don't sue me) What does it mean? What does the shape resemble?

That's all I have!

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  • $\begingroup$ So the answer isn't a compound bow? $\endgroup$ – TCooper Apr 1 at 21:17
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    $\begingroup$ This really isn't a significant partial answer; you haven't even solved one part of a multi-part puzzle. Please refrain from posting partial answers unless you can make substantial progress. See linked meta post. (Unrelated: please also use correct spelling and grammar. It's I not i, etc.) $\endgroup$ – bobble Apr 1 at 21:43

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