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[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


keep your mind out of the gutter.

Next clue--->

  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2017 at 13:16

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The cipher used is

Sharky's implementation of a Vigenere to encode textual Morse

First cipher:

Key: Vera
Morse: A

Second cipher:

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

Third cipher:

Key: Abdul
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)

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    $\begingroup$ "Sharky's implementation of a Vigenere" - isn't it just standard Vigenere (P+V=L, O+E=T, etc.)? $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2017 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ Also, how did you get the key for the second cipher? $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2017 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, 2017 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ I can't accept this unless it includes proper explanations for the 2nd and 4th keys :-) $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2017 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, 2017 at 15:04

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