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Following your solution of part 2 and the Editor screwing up beyond belief, I present to you... PART 3!


You send the answer back to our Mysterious Host. Within a blink of an eye, a new puzzle appears for you to solve:

Playing for Stavation
0-439-02348-3
9-4-1
188-1-14
59-3-59
189-2-27
317-3-2

You vainly look around for a hint in the latest message, but see none. What does our Host have planned?

*BLEEP* Incoming message, from: host@puzzle
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I see that you've been stuck here for a whi
le now. So, I only thought it be fair to gi
ve you a hint. It's not the words.
[Connection to host@puzzle terminated]

[Connection re-established by host@puzzle]
*BLEEP* Incoming message, from: host@puzzle
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So I see it's been a while and there's stil
l no right answer. Perhaps this is too hard
? Nevertheless, one more hint. You're looki
ng at something too big. Maybe something sm
aller? 

*BLEEP* Incoming message, from op@puzzle
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IadmirehowfaryouvegottensofarYoushouldbeco
untinglikeyouarebutyouwerecountingthewrong
thingsPerhapsthisfinalmessagewillhelp

Note: This puzzle was not created by me, but it does have a known solution now. I've received permissions from the original author (me@noreallyitis.me) to upload them here. This text is exactly as it appears in the original puzzle.

Edit from Original Author: The PDF you guys are using is a bit off, here is a slightly modified cipher you can use for the PDF:

10-4-1
187-1-24
59-3-59
188-1-27
313-3-2
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    $\begingroup$ directtextbook.com/isbn/9780439023481 $\endgroup$ – bleh Aug 11 '16 at 23:29
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    $\begingroup$ @bleh probably a book cipher using that edition $\endgroup$ – f'' Aug 12 '16 at 0:08
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    $\begingroup$ link to specific book kkoworld.com/kitablar/… $\endgroup$ – Miquel Coll Aug 12 '16 at 12:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Miquel: The page numbers are off by 1, according to CasperTheFriendlyCode in chat. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 15 '16 at 19:35
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, that whole PDF is a bit off from the edition I originally used. When making this puzzle, I originally intended it mainly for North American audiences, where I figured this book would be easy enough to pick up at a nearby library. I can re-write the cipher using the PDF, if you all need. $\endgroup$ – CasperTheFriendlyCode Aug 16 '16 at 17:17
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From what everyone else got, I used the code as

page, paragraph, letter

and got

LUCKY

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Partial Answer

We have 2 parts of the puzzle. The first part is:

Playing for Stavation
0-439-02348-3

Which refers to:

0-439-02348-3 is the ISBN for The Hunger Games Book.

The second part we have:

9-4-1
188-1-14
59-3-59
189-2-27
317-3-2

Which might be a number of things but probably:

We have 3 numbers, x-y-z. x refers to the page number. y refers to the line number. And then we have z which I suspect refers to the char number

Given the assumption given in the chat about the pages which are +-1 off:

If they are +1:

9-4-1

10-4-1 : blue sky and soft breeze. The food’s wonderful, with the - b

188-1-14

189-1-14 : ment, and I do my best to pat them dry on my shirt. If I don’t - o

59-3-59

60-3-59 : smiling at the gawking crowd. He only stops when the train - a space

189-2-27

190-2-27 : which is pointless. She calls to the others for help but, of - l

317-3-2

318-3-2 : I want to move higher into the woods, climb a good tree, - a space

Which gives us:

bo l - Which makes no sense.

If they are -1:

9-4-1

8-4-1 : around the woods looking for handouts, it became his official - a

188-1-14

187-1-14 : hand. What can it be? Not food surely. I unscrew the lid and I - n

59-3-59

58-3-59 : “Stand over here. Both of you,” says Haymitch, nodding to the - t (Even though the t is on the next line, but that line only has 58 characters)

189-2-27

188-2-27 : the ground. By her position, leaning up against the trunk of - n

317-3-2

316-3-2 : how she tried to take enough to stay alive but not enough that - o

Which gives us:

antno - Which makes no sense either.

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    $\begingroup$ You are close. Rethink what each of those numbers might mean. $\endgroup$ – CasperTheFriendlyCode Aug 16 '16 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ In my answer, I assumed it was page-paragraph-word. Maybe page-paragraph-character? $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Aug 16 '16 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ Letter, not character, perhaps? $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 16 '16 at 17:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Someone answered this and got something that has some meaning. $\endgroup$ – haykam Aug 16 '16 at 19:43
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Partial Answer

Using the information in the comments (the PDF book link and the assertion that the page numbers there are off by one), and assuming this is a book cipher, we are left with the following words:

Leave if had to not

I'm not sure where to go from there.

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