This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx

Help Rick Astley become verified.

Account Info:
Username: Rick Astley
Password: Twitter Verification
Security Question:

Question: Most hated song?
Answer: Never Gonna Give You Up

Twitter sent you this puzzle to solve.

Hint 1:

The URL is not the only thing in the picture...

Hint 2:

The last step of this puzzle is to decode "IZM GWC I ZWJWB" but I'm not sure on how I went from "OQJ TZN T ZGYVX" or "TZN OQJ T ZGYVX" to "IZM GWC I ZWJWB" since its been over an year since i created this puzzle

  • $\begingroup$ If you're willing to answer this, rot13(Ner gur cynprzragf bs gur yrggre frdhraprf va gur oyhr cneg vzcbegnag?) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 15, 2022 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ @kaitlynmm569 rot13(Abg ernyyl) $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Commented Jul 15, 2022 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ Haven't been able to get any further with what I've found so far, maybe a hint could help? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil I added a hint $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 17:17
  • $\begingroup$ @VarunW. Can you perform a full rewrite of this puzzle? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 22, 2023 at 9:23

1 Answer 1


Partial answer (?)

Step 1

The inside of the tick contains some text, which says 'https://pastebin.com/m9BY038X'

Step 2

The website link takes us to a locked paste, with requires a password. Now what could this password be... 'Never Gonna Let You Down', 'Rickroll', 'Twitter Verification'... nope? Well the security question is about the song, so how about 'dQw4w9WgXcQ' - the youtube code for the viral hit...

Step 3

Entering this password unlocks the paste, to give us a very cryptic message:

'Luck is not the only key'

This is as far as I've got, not sure what the text means

  • $\begingroup$ Rot13(Gur uvqqra fgevatf ner T, OQJ, TZN naq ZGYVX? .) $\endgroup$
    – Jarvis
    Commented Aug 6, 2022 at 17:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Jarvis rot13(Lbh ner irel pybfr. Gur gevpx vf gb nanylmr gur grkg "yhpx vf abg gur bayl xrl" va n tenzzngvpny jnl gb svaq n ahzore naq penpx vg hfvat gur grkg Wneivf sbhaq) $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Commented Jun 28, 2023 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ @VarunW. When I see luck... I SEE 13!!! $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 16, 2023 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ @1357924680a What do you mean can you elaborate? $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Commented Oct 20, 2023 at 2:32
  • $\begingroup$ @VarunW. 13 IS UNLUCKY! $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 20, 2023 at 9:25

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