13
$\begingroup$

<<---First clue
<--Previous clue


A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Randal'Thor to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @Mithrandir in chat and we'll talk.


[redacted], you say, and instantly a panel slides aside in the wall in front of you to reveal a new puzzle.

Feeling buzzed after your quick solution of the last clue, but also worried that the next one will be devilishly hard, you approach the wall and stare at it in bewilderment. All you see are four images:

one two three four

Warning:

keep your mind out of the gutter.


Next clue--->

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Disclaimer: I haven't hijacked Mithrandir's "Clue" series; he gave me the desired final solution in private and I constructed a puzzle around it. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jan 10 '17 at 13:16
14
$\begingroup$

The cipher used is

Sharky's implementation of a Vigenere to encode textual Morse

First cipher:

Key: Vera
Vigenere: POINTLINE
Morse: A

Second cipher:

Key: succulent (this is a cryptic: def. delicious, "suck you audibly" = succu, "fast" = Lent)
Vigenere: DOTDASHDOTDOT
Morse: L

Third cipher:

Key: Abdul
Vigenere: THREEHYPHENS
Morse: O

Fourth cipher:

Key: Aioli (another cryptic: saucy = definition; mAId + hOLe + I)
Vigenere: DEEOHTEA (D-O-T)
Morse: E

Now we've got the answer

ALOE (ha! Vera and succulent were even references to this answer)

$\endgroup$
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ "Sharky's implementation of a Vigenere" - isn't it just standard Vigenere (P+V=L, O+E=T, etc.)? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jan 10 '17 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ Also, how did you get the key for the second cipher? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jan 10 '17 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I tried using SUCK as a key, noticed the first three letters came out as DOT and worked it from there. $\endgroup$ – Will Jan 10 '17 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ I can't accept this unless it includes proper explanations for the 2nd and 4th keys :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jan 10 '17 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Will Solve it as a cryptic clue. I believe it fits somewhat.(Can't figure out the last few words) $\endgroup$ – Sid Jan 10 '17 at 15:04

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.