Part of the Community Metapuzzle, although it can be solved on it's own. The password in the puzzle below is also the word needed for the Metapuzzle. Link to the metapuzzle by Deusovi is here.

Welcome Indinana Bones to your first quest. To unlock the next quest, you must take the sacred Golden Statue of Puzzling from the temple.

You must also find a hidden code which will act as a password in the next quest.

If you wish to accept this quest, then click below to start your adventure...

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Good luck explorer. You're going to need it.

This puzzle is inspired by the film Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark. Knowledge of the film is required but you only need to watch the first 10 minutes. All the information you need can be read here. Apologies for any mistakes or typos, I was running out of time towards the end so couldn't do a thorough check.


Despite double checking, it seems I made a mistake. 'x' should be 'z'. You'll know where when you get to it. Sorry for the delay and the inconvenience.

  • $\begingroup$ Ack, the youtube video is gone. I'll try and find another $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 21 '16 at 7:13
  • $\begingroup$ In the first puzzle scene take note of the pigpen shapes in the NE and SW corners and also the 1 and 9 that are in there for some reason. Also, in that scene for the second, third, fourth and fifth ring the N is oriented facing inwards (position of the dot) $\endgroup$ – boboquack Nov 21 '16 at 7:28
  • $\begingroup$ @boboquack It's not a 9. It's 19 (and 23) - it's telling (I think) in effect that dots come before 'non-dots' alphabetically $\endgroup$ – Strawberry Nov 21 '16 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Strawberry I realise that answer, I was collaborating with Desuvoi earlier this UTC day. $\endgroup$ – boboquack Nov 21 '16 at 20:24

(Don't worry, I haven't been spoiled for this! I just know the final passcode and that's it.)

After a few story images, we get to this:

enter image description here

There seems to be a key to the cipher hidden in the stone - it's a variant of pigpen. If the numbers are to be trusted, it means that dots come before non-dotted shapes. That means the top left corner DOTTED is A, not the undotted top left as it would be in the standard pigpen cipher. Using the pattern:
[.] [ ] [.][ ]
and reading around the loops clockwise from the north gives us:

 outer loop: REGA[l]R?D
 ----------- EA?C[k]HOB
 ----------- STAC[B]LE?
 ----------- METI[c]?CU
 inner loop: L?OU[H]SLY

The fourth column has helpful arrows. I have indicated this with bracketed letters. The rest spell out the message "REGARD EACH OBSTACLE METICULOUSLY". Unfortunately, the fourth's columns don't seem to lead to any valid stack.imgur URLs in the indicated cases. In chat, however, Rubio found that reading them "upside down" (i.e. as you seem them) makes a valid url: http://i.stack.imgur.com/bGhQP.jpg

Now we have a branch!

Each of the links in the previous image has one of the traps from the movie and a pigpen letter hidden inside:
The first room, the pit, has a K.
The second room, the spiders, has an x.
The third room, the boulder, has a c.
The fourth room, the spike gate, has an H.
The fifth room, the pressure plates, has a T.
Putting these all together in movie order (spiders-spikes-pit-plates-boulder) gives http://i.stack.imgur.com/xHKTc.jpg, which... doesn't seem to lead anywhere.

BeastlyGerbil has clarified that it was meant to be a z in the spider room, not an x. Putting those together gives enter image description here along with a few more story images leading ultimately to this image:

enter image description here

That final image contains a code using the same method as the other codes we've seen so far. That code decodes to the password:


  • $\begingroup$ You have almost decided correctly but seem to have added some letters in. Should still be able to see the message $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 21 '16 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio finished it off. If you edit then I'll accept. Made a mistake with the spiders. It should have been a z not an x. Rest was fine $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Nov 21 '16 at 17:31

Picking up where prior answer leaves off ....
OP made an error in one of the puzzle's images, making it unsolvable.

In the second room, the spiders, the x was intended to decode as z.

Using that correction,

and placing the traps in the order in which they appear in the movie, gives
enter image description here which leads to more images, culminating with: enter image description here
and more pigpen ciphers to decode.

These decode to BIG FOOT.

And that's the end of the line for this adventure. Thanks to the other folks who helped on this, and the big nod to Deusovi for the heavy lifting getting us through the circles.


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