He has struck again! The criminal who was behind the fiasco involving the missing presentation notes is at it again, this time hiding not just the presentation notes, but every single trophy and medal prepared for the 11th annual Puzzling StackExchange award ceremony!
Angry and bitter, the host decides to track down and catch the thief who’s main goal was to throw the 11th annual Puzzling StackExchange award ceremony into utter chaos. However, the host has an idea of who he is, but cannot for the life of himself figure out where he has made his lair.
After racking his brains for a whole month, and being forced to postpone the ceremony, the host finally gives up, and decides to enlist the help of an individual from the community whom he knows and is good friends with; an individual who possesses a mind so great and full of knowledge that the host knows that he can catch the culprit.
Travelling back to the presentation hall, the host re-enters the hall, only to find two separate notes left on the table by the criminal on the stage, where the countless medals waiting to be awarded sat only 24 hours ago.
Here is a transcript of each of the notes left by the criminal:
“Listen. I am gone, am I not? Perhaps you may look in many places, but can you actually find someone as fast and as intelligent as me? To truly know where I am, you must consider these strange notes I have left for you here. To truly find me, you must solve the puzzle!”
“Two individuals interlinked, joined in ways not even I could have imagined at first. For an individual as good as me on puzzles like these, to come to a hole in my reasoning was truly disastrous.”
Strange, isn't it?
In addition to these notes, the host notices what appears to be a set of directions scratched into the table, and another word search lying next to the notes!
Only one question remains.
Who is the individual who can help our host to catch the culprit?
A note on hints: If you get absolutely stuck, I will post one of four hints. This puzzle is several steps up in terms of difficulty from my first one, but this puzzle is solvable without them.
Could there be a correlation between there existing a "Double Spiral" and there being two notes? You never know, it might be something!
Hint #3: This diagram could assist with understanding hint #2, but be aware that it may well give away too much:
Try moving away from spiralling the crossword and think about the correlation between the length of each spiral in hint #3 and the length of each note.
Hint #5: For lack of activity on this puzzle, I have decided to add a 5th and final hint, which should propel most of you over the line toward the answer. I apologise for the difficulty of this puzzle, but I guess judging the difficulty of puzzles accurately comes with experience.
Let's have a look at the length of each arm of the spiral in Hint #3. Notice that the inner gold-coloured spiral is actually shorter than the outer grey spiral, as noted in hint #4. I'll go a step further, and tell you that there are 54 words in note #1, 36 words in note #2, and the anagram from the word search corresponds to the spiral.
This is another of my created and posted in a day puzzles. A big thank you to everyone who gave me advice on my first one!