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You are standing at the door to a lost temple in Georgia (the former Soviet Republic). You are an expert in lock picking, but there is no keyhole. You then realise that there is a word that will open the door. You tell your friend, who then gives you a piece of paper. "I think the word is on here, but I've got no idea what it means". Looking at it, you think the same. The paper shows this: {255-36}, {255-32}, {36}, {30} | {255-36}, {255-32}, {36}, {31} | {255-36}, {255-32}, {36}, {32} | {255-36}, {255-32}, {35}, {34} What does the paper mean in English?

Hint One

There are three sets of computer codes involved in working this particular puzzle out. That makes the puzzle even more difficult, so I will tell you one of the codes. The third layer of encryption is what a USB Keyboard sends to a computer when a keyboard is pressed.

Hint Two

Prem's answer results in the word "Ghia". That is not actually a word, but a pronunciation. Just apply a bit of logic (and Google Translate), and you should have the word!

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    $\begingroup$ Are the numbers some sort of Soviet code? $\endgroup$ – Kritixi Lithos Jun 21 '15 at 7:31
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    $\begingroup$ @KritixiLithos No, but the location is of slight importance... $\endgroup$ – user9377 Jun 21 '15 at 7:32
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    $\begingroup$ What do the numbers mean, Mason?! $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jun 21 '15 at 7:46
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    $\begingroup$ @JoeZ It's not Unicode, it's a different set of computer codes. In fact, it is two sets of computer codes... $\endgroup$ – user9377 Jun 21 '15 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ @Kslkgh If it's computer codes, maybe the [computer-puzzle] tag? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 21 '15 at 16:15
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So there seems to be 4 letters in the password, and the common prefix is {255-36} & {255-32}.

Now, the suffixes (2 per letter) , when converted to key presses, give 7,1 & 7,2 & 7,3 & 6,5. [[ REFER http://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/linux/kbd/scancodes-14.html ]]
Probably this means 4 letters 71 , 72 , 73 , 65.

Now many encodings ( Windows-1252/ASCII/UTF/ISO-8859-1 ) all give give 71=G , 72=H , 73=I , 65=A.
[[ OP said unicode is not involved ]]

Common prefix {255-36} & {255-32} , + GHIA.

Is this related to car maker GHIA ?
Is this related to "georghia" ?

still thinking . . . .

With the new clues by OP Kslkgh (and the partial answer by Michael Bradfield):
Georgian word "ღია" (pronounced ghia) means OPEN.
So we have 3 possible end-solutions:
"ghia"
"open"
"ღია"

I see that the question mentions "What does the paper mean in English?". So the English translation is most appropriate.
So, the answer must be "OPEN", a command to the DOOR.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice progress, in fact, your SO nearly there! Just one more step! $\endgroup$ – user9377 Jun 23 '15 at 19:07
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    $\begingroup$ Ghia is (was?) a car designer from Italy. Not sure if that's the answer or if it helps. $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jun 23 '15 at 23:38
  • $\begingroup$ It is related to Georgia $\endgroup$ – user9377 Jun 24 '15 at 6:21
  • $\begingroup$ The common prefixes that you've found are not intended for the word "Ghia", simply another layer of encryption. They are actually the scan codes for Shift-7 and Shift-3, giving &#. &# is the beginning of a HTML code, and that is what they are: &#71 is G, &#72 is H, &#73 is I and &#65 is A. $\endgroup$ – user9377 Jun 24 '15 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ Check the last hint. Think about the door. $\endgroup$ – user9377 Jun 24 '15 at 6:43
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Prem has got as far as the word "ghia" from the given cryptograms, and

open = ghia in the Georgian language

... is this the answer?

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! I've taken the liberty of editing your answer so that it's a standalone partial answer rather than being more suited to a comment on Prem's answer. You've cracked a crucial part of the puzzle, but someone has already downvoted you, so I stepped in to help. Hope you don't mind :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 24 '15 at 8:49

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