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I'm on a roll now. I just lost my whole keychain!
Please help me figure out this password ASAP.

Luckily, I saved the process I used to get the password in my email. This is what I wrote:

Add one to ten and get a pet
Switch to the alternative
Now make it a candy
Put its first year squared between the parts
Then flip it with 'S'tandard 'E'ncryption.

On the site I am trying to log-in to, I found my Password Hint.
Password Hint: 2X

Please use the hint to check your answer before posting. If the process was done correctly, then the hint will confirm that the password is correct.

Don't bother trying to work with the password hint first. It only makes sense once you have the complete password. Follow the process to get the password, then double check it with the hint. I only gave the hint to prevent people from posting many wrong answers.

Alright, I'll add a real hint:

"Add one to ten" will result in a number. But it's not 11. ;) Think outside the standard mathematical rules.

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    $\begingroup$ I just wasted my lunch hour trying to add ten to 1 to get a pet. $\endgroup$
    – TTT
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 18:58
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    $\begingroup$ Considering the hint '2X': Adding $2\times 1$ to the 'n' in 'ten' gives tep (caesar cipher), which is pet in reverse. This could in turn be made into PEZ. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 19:18
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    $\begingroup$ Oh no! Yesterday I spent all that time adding "ten to 1" and now you tell me I should have been adding "one to ten"... $\endgroup$
    – TTT
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ Hey, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with these lately. Have you considered using a password manager? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaSprengers, I also thought about 101 Dalmatians yesterday but couldn't think of anywhere to go with it. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 16:28

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The password is

Xvg3744225Xng

Explanation:

Add one to ten to get a pet.
101 : (Dalmatians) - dog

Switch it to the alternative.
dog : cat

Now make it a candy.
cat : Kit-Kat

Put its first year squared between the parts.
Kit-Kat was first produced in 1935, squared is 3744225, so "Kit3744225Kat"

Then flip it with 'S'tandard 'E'ncryption.
"Kit3744225Kat" with rot13 turns into "Xvg3744225Xng"

And indeed, "Xvg3744225Xng" contains two letters X and thus agrees with the hint.

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  • $\begingroup$ KitKat....sigh..... I should have thought of that =D $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 13:45

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