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Puzzle Image

You have found a mysterious puzzle (the image above), but you don't know what it is, or what you are required to solve, but the obvious thing you see is a strange string of repeated letters:

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"Is this a relevant string, or is the actual puzzle hidden somewhere else? I guess I have to find out!", you tell yourself.

Can you uncover the mystery, and solve this strange puzzle?

Edit: Hint:

Find the correct page.

Edit: Larger hint:

The path you must seek is not within the text.
Ignore the text.
Also, remember,

Edit: Another larger hint:

Steganography that is present on one page only.

Edit: Another hint:

Ignore the first page.

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  • 9
    $\begingroup$ I am not transcribing that. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Nov 5 '16 at 16:23
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    $\begingroup$ Well, if you use indentation for the "code appearance" it will look much better than with back ticks. $\endgroup$ – Alenanno Nov 5 '16 at 16:40
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ As a matter of puzzle-solving, what kind of puzzler looks at the hint before the puzzle?! $\endgroup$ – boboquack Nov 28 '16 at 4:31
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    $\begingroup$ First it says exe show hint, then only it says exe show image and exe show text. $\endgroup$ – boboquack Nov 28 '16 at 23:21
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    $\begingroup$ This puzzle smells, suspiciously, like Bacon. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Dec 12 '16 at 18:58
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Partial to kickstart someone maybe:

Between the fourth and fifth pages in the image there is a vertical line which might indicate a page break.

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  • $\begingroup$ Might. Or might not. :D $\endgroup$ – Buffer Over Read Dec 15 '16 at 22:14
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The below partial answer is invalid.

Per hint #2, the answer is not based on the text, nor any property of the text such as those listed below. I will update this answer if/when I find inspiration.


Some observations which may or may not prove useful:

  • The line-wrap threshold is set to 72 characters. That is, if a word would make the line longer than 72 characters, it goes to the next line.

  • Various other counts are as follows:

    Page                    1     2     3     4     5     6
    Lines                  54    54    54    54    54    24
    Words                 204   190   200   179   187    68
    Letters (no spaces)  3210  3230  3050  3135  3145  1325
    Letters (w/ spaces)  3413  3419  3249  3313  3331  1392
    Groups of 5 letters   642   646   610   627   629   265
    Number of A's        1780  1806  1669  1708  1725   729
    Number of B's        1430  1424  1381  1427  1420   596
    
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  • $\begingroup$ Ah, right. My brain kinda skipped over that, apparently. $\endgroup$ – Phlarx Dec 21 '16 at 20:12

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