8
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1f411

pirate gibberish

00000010

1f607

.

1f441

1f44f

1f411

.

Cigarette ___

lion's-bane@

ワs

22 2

65 61 73 79

160 141 162 164

"2" & right(getMethod("mixintowater"), 5)

9 (4*2) 2 8 _ (4*3) (7*4) _ 6 (9*3) _ (6*2) 2 6 (3*2)?

Hint:

Unicode, guess, binary, Unicode - Unicode, Unicode, Unicode - guess, guess+symbols,Japanese,chemistry, ASCII, ASCII, code - ...

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  • $\begingroup$ Did we ever find out what the business about the "grim puzzler" was? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 13 '16 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan grim = Grimm as in Grimm fairy tales, as in Rumpelstiltskin who asks the same final question... $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 13 '16 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ Ah! I did wonder about Grimm but had forgotten that feature of Rumpelstiltskin. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 13 '16 at 19:32
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The last line is a telephone cipher.

A regular telephone keypad looks like this:

+-----+-----+-----+
|     | ABC | DEF |
|     |     |     |
|  1  |  2  |  3  |
+-----+-----+-----+
| GHI | JKL | MNO |
|     |     |     |
|  4  |  5  |  6  |
+-----+-----+-----+
| PQRS| TUV | WXYZ|
|     |     |     |
|  7  |  8  |  9  |
+-----+-----+-----+
|     |     |     |
|  *  |  0  |  #  |
|     |     |     |
+-----+-----+-----+

Given a character in the code, if there is just a single number (e.g. 2), you press that key once, to give the first letter on that number (i.e. A). If the character is a number "times" some other n (e.g. "7*4"), you press the key n times to get the nth letter for that number (i.e. S).

Doing so, you get the message:

WHAT IS MY NAME?

Which is, of course, Brent Hackers.

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it. Well done. +1 I feel like I'll be hated for this one (sorry Garreth). $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 13 '16 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ I've seen enough puzzles like that to know to think of that first when I saw that specific pattern. :P $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Jun 13 '16 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ Although good job misleading everybody into thinking that the first part of the puzzle had anything to do with the last part. That part might be the one that really makes people angry. $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Jun 13 '16 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ Some might call it cruelty... I feel suitably bad about it though, honnest I do gov'! $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 13 '16 at 17:34
  • $\begingroup$ Well done, Joe! Not so well done, Brent, for making a puzzle almost all of which has nothing at all to do with the answer. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 13 '16 at 18:14
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The first half's easy enough. It says something like

EWE ARRR TWO GOOD. EYE APPLAUD EWE.
(i.e. "You are too good. I applaud you.")

The second half seems to be something like

BUTT THAT WAS THE EASY PART TO SOLVE ____?

where

BUTT is obvious; the lion's bane is thorn (thanks to hexomino in comments) which of course means TH; the Japanese character is the hiragana "wa" making WAS; the elements are TiHe which I guess are meant to signify "the" (there being no element T); interpreting 65 etc. as hex codes for ASCII characters we get EASY; interpreting 161 etc. as octal codes for ASCII characters we get PART (all credit to hexomino in comments); perhaps "mixintowater" is meant to signify "dissolve" yielding "2solve" or "to solve"; and the last bit currently mystifies me.

So the remaining mystery is

the final numerical thing, where I have no idea what's going on nor whether the use of things like "(4*2)" in preference to "8" is a red herring, a clue, or an important actual difference. These all seem to be nice small numbers with nice small factors, but what pattern they follow I don't know.

I also don't know

what exactly the title signifies. "An easy answer": well, the word "easy" appears to be part of the answer, but surely that isn't all. "a grim puzzler": no idea what's going on there, though apparently there's a computer game called Grim Fandango with a lot of puzzles in it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not a bad start. +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 13 '16 at 10:12
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    $\begingroup$ @Gareth McCaughan A lion's bane could be a thorn (which is old English "th") $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jun 13 '16 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ Also 160 141 162 164 is "part" converted from octal to ASCII $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jun 13 '16 at 12:10
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    $\begingroup$ Oh you very clever person. Yes. (I already even mentioned thorns, but forgot about the letter.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 13 '16 at 12:10
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    $\begingroup$ It clearly needs to be 3 letters and to fit into that already-complete-looking sentence. I wonder whether it will end up being something like LOL. (Or 101 with the same meaning.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 13 '16 at 12:14

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