Can you solve this complicated puzzle?

Please post the secret word, and the explanation in your answer. Puzzle


There are 3 messages/codes hidden in this image. The first message is the key to opening the second and the second is hidden in the image.

Hint #2:

The second puzzle is hidden in the image file using steganography.

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    $\begingroup$ Any clues as to what the word is? $\endgroup$ – that2guy Jul 27 '16 at 5:52

So this is what I came up with. Pretty sure it isn't correct :D

At first I thought that it looks like a calculation so I converted the letters to numbers (A->1, Z->26).

Then I was stuck at what the arrows could mean. So I just tried to increment or decrement the number by one where <- means decrement and -> means increment

But when you add these numbers together the word "aiboro" is the result which doesn't mean anything and you can't swap the letters to get a useful word.

So I just switched to the opposite: -> means decrement and <- means increment

Result is "eedrno". Which is "redone" when you scrabble it.

So is the answer "redone"?

Edit: the word is AIBORO and the note in the comment that it's capitalized tells me nothing as of now.

Going on:

Hint 2 revealed that the second message is hidden in the image file. Downloaded the file, put it in openstego(doesn't work with other programs), success. Secret message is:

"The ciphered secret word is: CHMMYRFNERSHA. Congratulations for getting this far, just a bit more to go."

Final Solution:

Doing a Caesarian Shift of the letters by 13 gives you the secret message: "Puzzles are fun". I have no idea where the 13 comes from though. Maybe because the M is the last letter in the first line of the picture and is 13th in alphabet.

@Jojo01 Does the number 13 come from the amount of letters in the secret word? look in comments

  • $\begingroup$ You came really close to solving the first puzzle, the bubble quiz gives you a word close to "aidoro." However you got one letter wrong in that word, and the letters in the bubbles are capitalized. Read the hint if you want to know what to do with that word. $\endgroup$ – Jojo01 Jul 27 '16 at 7:46
  • $\begingroup$ As it says in the hint the first puzzle is the key to opening the second and the second is hidden in the image file. $\endgroup$ – Jojo01 Jul 27 '16 at 9:35
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, sorry just noticed that. I used a program called openstego to put it in the file, maybe it uses a different encoding method. $\endgroup$ – Jojo01 Jul 27 '16 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ Try this with your secret key: futureboy.us/stegano/decinput.html If it works tell me and I will try further $\endgroup$ – LordCanada Jul 27 '16 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ Nope it ain't able to extract it, openstego is able though. $\endgroup$ – Jojo01 Jul 27 '16 at 12:54

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