# Keys that fit no lock

You wake up in a cell, with no memory of what happened to you, and how you ended up here. The cell has four doors, and above each there's a "N", "S", "E" and "W", which you assume tell you the direction they're facing.

Next to you lies a paper, and on it you find the word "MOVE", an apparently useless line of numbers, "422448886886688", and a Map of your current surroundings (it's an 11x11 sized maze). The centered chamber is marked with a red "X".

What route do you take to escape?

Note: You assume that something bad (death, most likely) will happen if you take a wrong route.

Hint 1:

The line of numbers is not as useless as it seems.

Hint 2:

"Move" has the same meaning as "Shift".

Hint 3:

The titles is a hint, too.

• Um, I would look at the map and figure out how to get out of the maze. That's what maps are for. Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 16:21
• @Kevin It's my first "question" here, I knew that I'd mess up some way atleast :D The map only shows a basic layer of 11x11 squares + the X, nothing else, neither end nor route.
– Seth
Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 17:01
• Absent the word "keys" in the title, is there any reason to assume 2 is down (as on a computer keyboard) rather than up (as on a telephone)? Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 19:10
• (1) Why bother saying that the cell is dark if there’s enough light to read the paper and the map, and the illumination level is irrelevant to the riddle?  (2) If the doors “presumably are faced north, west, east and south,” how do you tell which is which? Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 20:24
• I found this too easy - 30 seconds to solve it and then realise there was already 2 correct answers :/ Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 20:37

2 is South (down)
4 is West (left)
6 is East (right)
8 is North (top)

422448886886688 is the sequence of directions you have to follow

Map :

422448886886688

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|}\hline&&&&&15&&&&&\\\hline&&&&&14&&&&&\\\hline&&&11&12&13&&&&&\\\hline&&&10&&&&&&&\\\hline&&8&9&&&&&&&\\\hline&&7&&1&X&&&&&\\\hline&&6&&2&&&&&&\\\hline&&5&4&3&&&&&&\\\hline&&&&&&&&&&\\\hline&&&&&&&&&&\\\hline&&&&&&&&&&\\\hline\end{array}$$

Hint 1

The line of numbers is the directions

Hint 2

You can use Shift on your keyboard. Some numpads have arrows on 2,4,6,8 when used with shift.

Hint 3

"Keys" in the title refer to keyboard

• 100% accurate! :)
– Seth
Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 17:00
• And how do you know which door is West to start off with? Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 17:41
• @abligh You must not have magnetoreception :) Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 17:55
• Why can't it be keypad on phones? The north-south will be reversed Commented May 5, 2016 at 2:03
• @justhalf the shift hint : on computer keypads, shift + 2/4/6/8 = arrow Commented May 5, 2016 at 6:45

I think the solution is

Reasoning: Keys that fit no locks stands for

keys on a keyboard, specifically the numpad

and MOVE means

move in the direction of the arrow on the numpad key corresponding to the number 2 = down 4 = left 8 = up 6 = right

• You are completely right! :)
– Seth
Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 17:00