After you enter the answer from Room 5, you wait for the door to de materialize as usual, but nothing happens. Your confusion turns to fear instantly as you contemplate the consequences. You prepare to rip off your taste buds, certain that you will be sent to the universe of B.L.L., but before you can, the door in front of you illuminates with a message:
Congratulations on making it through the Maze! You are truly a champion of your species! Given that you are the first of our many test subjects to succeed in the Maze, we feel certain using your results as the maximum potential of your species. Unfortunately, we found that humans rank quite low on the cosmic intelligence scale, falling in the EASILY_COLONIZABLE/POTENTIAL_FOOD_SUPPLY category. Thank you for your participation in our tests, which are taking place in your mind, while your body is still on Earth. You are free to leave the Maze now, simply proceed to the EXIT and you'll awaken back home. We'll be seeing you again quite soon...
As the door vanishes and the message along with it, your vacant march through it is slow and calm, but your heart rate is anything but. Food supply? You find yourself walking down a long corridor and you see the EXIT sign on your left about halway down. You reach the door and reach out to grab the doorknob (oh sweet doorknobs, how you had missed them) when you see at the far end of the hall, a door labelled CONTROL ROOM. You head to this new door and find that it opens quite easily. It seems that they never expected you to look past the exit.
The control room is empty except for an array of screens and keyboards. You see a big red button in the middle of a suspended table covered with a double-layered glass display. Even though you can't understand the language around it, you've seen enough movies to understand its approximate function. You break the glass and press the button. A giant screen in the front of the room illuminates with a wall of text. It looks like one of the puzzles from the rooms, but much more involved. This must be the type of challenges that this race gives itself, and it must be difficult if it's protecting this button. The display is clearly expecting some sort of input; you grab a nearby keyboard and see that it looks nothing like what you're used to. What input do you provide to the console and what keys do you press on the keyboard to enter this input?
This is going to take everything you have. Knowledge from various disciplines will be incorporated into this multi-faceted, over-the-top puzzle. But don't be dismayed, it's certainly possible. Cooperation is STRONGLY encouraged: contribute to whichever part you can to help eachother get through and to keep the question active so that others can see it and join in.
Answer from Final Room:
Key 1: ANSWER IS GIVEN BY THE (Sum of Xi) OF KEY 2 WITH P(GR(CMH(AfFR)))
Xi is the answer to riddle i, interpreted as a base 36 number (i.e. no spaces,symbols, etc), having length indicated by riddle i
HELLO EARTH!) =
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THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT TH
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ITIHAA E M FEWNSPTOAXTH FHLNI EN USSO ETOPDC
Subjects chosen are astrology, chemistry, biology, programming, history, philosophy, geography, gaming, computers, alchemy, and misc.
1 Over thirty years old and still I dig; inflating the beasts until they're too big. (6)
2 Don't get lost in the existential mist; in the dead tongue's words, why must you exist? (6)
3 We two of the table pool on the floor; our siblings fly about or sit as ore. (7) (7)
4 To solvers you offered me in each room; by smarts or by me, one just made it through. (8)
5 Touted the year of the death of machines; in truth the year of LOVE from Philippines. (4)
6 Switzerland's chainsaw: that's what they call me; you could simply say I come from the C. (4)
7 I've had many names since I halved mankind; this one, most common, has been quite maligned. (6)
8 Felines north to west, the twins to the east; lurking down below, the many-headed beast. (6)
9 Few in the "land up above" even know: the diff'rence 'tween me and hopping big bro. (7)
10 Socialist republic, west of Taiwan; fought France for our own, fought u.s. for Saigon. (7)
11 Invisible in complex elixirs, I blush at the sight of basic mixtures. My name is long, my formula concise; what I indicate is in my name twice. (8)
NOQNE ACILC TCLAO IGHOZ NALKO JO.DG DWQNE HFMQW QNFAW TWOJV .YXBP NAHVF ALQNG PHJSY NYIIS CVBBA BXCAR WSCPG ODVWF MZYQP FPKLJ KFIYI IQWTG UPFSM DBATR AAZTV XMWEH ITTCO SOZWE FENHC RBZPU WBOQI PQ.CU ZOAOH ZLWIM AQADW SYNND YZLRP QNGGS HCBPJ UUTIA P:HIL AEMWC WJNRN BINWD GMMTA HFHVC NTC,H KQIPJ MUZUF XUJWS NRJWW A,MKM VMUIR SMDCR FLKKK DYRFP SALUY UEKU. VBWNW GH???
AAA AAT ACT ATG ATT
CAA CAT CCT CGT GAA
GAT GCT GGT GTT TAT
TCT TGG TGT TTA TTT
EPILOGUE (for those who have completed the riddle)
After entering the answer to the final riddle into the peculiar keyboard, the screen goes blank. It returns with a large 29 on the screen, which then dissapears, followed by a 23, then a 19. You realize what's happening and don't have to stick around to see where it's going; you dash for the door, sprinting down the corridor for the exit. You twist the knob and force it open, and are blinded by a white light. When your vision clears, you find yourself sitting up in bed. Your pulse is through the roof--from the running, you tell yourself. But what if it was all just some crazy nightmare induced by too much time spent on the Puzzling StackExchange and your fear of Trump? You head to the balcony to get some much-needed air.
It's almost dawn, and you look up at the sky ponderously. Was any of that even real? How could it be? Maybe I should look into therapy... Some 14-15 minutes through your musings, as you consider going back to sleep, you see a twinkle, a small light, emanating from the pre-dawn sky. It lasts only for a moment, but you could swear you saw it flare up like a tiny nova. You can't help but crack a proud and triumphant smile as you turn to go back to bed.
Woo! Congratulations everybody on making it through the Maze series. I really hope that everyone enjoyed the puzzles. As always, I love feedback, so feel free to give any as a comment to this post.