I was given the following number by an analyst for the government.

He is a bit of a riddle buff and figures he should make my pursuit of a certain disturbance in my production line a game. He says that the number represents a phrase. A phrase said twice, once by a person of interest and the other time to. He also says, if I can figure out the phrase he will tell me who the person was talking to each time.


Hint 1: He has put a timer on the game.... But he may have given us a hint along with it.

20 minutes down, 47 to go. There may be a twist in the number but you may never know.

Hint 2: Oh no 40 minutes down.

Time ticks down and with it the sun. Soon the man transforms and our communication must stop.

Hint 3: Oh no 57 minutes down.

Tick tock tick tock tick tock. The person of interest died in two but the disturbance "survived" three. While the original speaker was only there for one.

Hint 4: The last hint. Contains the second time the phrase was captured. Also encrypted.


Hint 5:

Time is up. No more hints shall be given but communication may be reopened when he no longer flutters about.

Hint 6:

For the cryptography buff, you only need the number, Hint 1 and 4.
For the movie buff, you only need Hint 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Hint 7: Alright boys and girls, my contact has reached out again. He insists the hints are enough to solve the phrase but leaves us with this.

You may hunt the man but to find him you have to use the clues better than he.
O and for the number crunchers n%t=0.
These clues are already too much and I have left myself too open. No more contact until an answer is seen.

No Points Cryptographer Bonus: Do you know who the "certain disturbance in my production line" is?

  • $\begingroup$ Are there supposed to be some end of lines in your question ? If so, add 2 spaces after each end of line. $\endgroup$ – Anton May 11 '16 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ Just an observation: every 2 digit number appears here except for 00 and 40. $\endgroup$ – KoA May 11 '16 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ @KoA including the hint ones? $\endgroup$ – haykam May 11 '16 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Peanut no, I posted that before the post was updated. This only applies to the big chunk of numbers at the top $\endgroup$ – KoA May 11 '16 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ @KoA I checked, and there are four instances of 40 and none for 00. $\endgroup$ – haykam May 11 '16 at 22:21

I'm going to tackle this from the movie side

From the initial story:

I gather that we are looking for a vigilante or cop, leaning towards vigilante but I'll get to that, because of the disruption in the pipeline comment
Our vigilante said the phrase once and then the phrase was repeated to him, or vice versa.

From Hint 1:

The phrase may have been said at 67 minutes in the movie, or hassomething to do with 67 as this is a weird number for the timer.

From Hint 2:

This is where my vigilante theory comes from, I say vigilante because they normally patrol at night. And the clue says the sun goes down and the man comes out.

From Hint 3:

Possibly a trilogy, where the POI dies in the second but wasn't in it.

From Hint 5:

Flutters about... A vigilante that flies around at night, may be actually flying.


We are looking for a phrase uttered by a flying vigilante in a trilogy, to someone that dies in the second but was not in it.

  • $\begingroup$ Your answer and the hints definitely make me think of Rachel's death scene in Dark Knight. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety May 13 '16 at 16:33
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe... But what's the phrase, my good man? $\endgroup$ – The Reffered May 17 '16 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ I'm guessing it's (rot13)"Lbh rvgure qvr n ureb, be lbh yvir ybat rabhtu gb frr lbhefrys orpbzr gur ivyynva". $\endgroup$ – DylanSp May 17 '16 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ I also think that "the original speaker was only there for one" might refer to Rachel's recasting between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. $\endgroup$ – DylanSp May 17 '16 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry @DylanSp, that is not the phrase. I like where your head's at though. $\endgroup$ – The Reffered May 17 '16 at 20:06

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