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We’ve had some tough puzzles on this site, but this is the puzzle from... well, if I told you, it wouldn’t register as a puzzle now.

Maybe you can work it out for yourself:

HGT - 271
T 732 LI
UM 21(13)
H 132 QE

LS 11(23)
11 - (83) - XN
SLU - (59)1
L 213 FM

            Complete the title

Hints for the final steps:

BIDMAS (or BODMAS, PEMDAS, whatever you know it as)

and

°'"

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    $\begingroup$ The Puzzle from Beastly Gerbil's brain :P $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Mar 16 '17 at 7:40
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    $\begingroup$ @ABcDexter hmmm suppose so :P $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Mar 16 '17 at 7:42
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    $\begingroup$ @boboquack damn, how did you get that? I thought I made that really, really subtle!!! ;) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Mar 16 '17 at 7:57
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    $\begingroup$ "Hell". Because it's always "Hell" after "something something from..." $\endgroup$ – Marius Mar 16 '17 at 9:37
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    $\begingroup$ If you google "hgt 271" the first hit is this puzzle $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Mar 16 '17 at 14:24
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This is

The puzzle from hell

F1Krazy's answer states that this looks like registration plates. Bouncing off this idea, this wiki page has a list of EU registration plates (not UN as initially stated. OP Edit: Sorry bout that!)

Taking the country abbreviation of each plate gives:

HGT - 271 -> Finland -> FIN
T 732 LI -> Austria -> A
UM 21(13) -> Luxembourg -> L
H 132 QE -> Austria -> A

LS 11(23) -> Luxembourg -> L
11 - (83) - XN -> Portugal -> P
SLU - (59)1 -> Hungary -> H
L 213 FM -> Austria -> A

Which gives us the clue: FINAL ALPHA

Gareth McCaughan points out that the FINAL ALPHA(BETIC CHARACTERS), or last letters give 'TIMES NUM'

Donnelle's idea is to multiply each digit, which is close, but taking into account the brackets we get:

271 => 14
732 => 42
21(13) => 26
132 => 6

11(23) => 23
11 - (83) => 83
(59)1 => 59
213 => 6

The second hint implies these are latitude and longitude coordinates. The first number of each in A1Z26 translates to N and W, giving us the coordinates.

N 42° 26' 6", W 83° 59' 6"

If you look up these coordinates you get:

enter image description here

The location of Hell, Michigan. (So Donnelle was technically right in her guess.) So it is in fact,

The puzzle from hell.

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    $\begingroup$ well, the final alpha(betic character) of each one spells out TIMES NUM... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 16 '17 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ How do you distinguish the 3 letters and 3 digits in the Finnish and Hungarian licence plates? $\endgroup$ – jarnbjo Mar 17 '17 at 7:46
  • $\begingroup$ @jarnbjo I narrowed it down to a few, and then I was informed the - is important which narrowed it further to those two, at which point it was just fillling in what made sense because of all the other plates/abbreviations I had $\endgroup$ – n_plum Mar 17 '17 at 11:58
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    $\begingroup$ If the hyphen in the question is relevant, then Austria is wrong. There are no hyphens in Austrian licence plates. $\endgroup$ – jarnbjo Mar 17 '17 at 12:29
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    $\begingroup$ @jarnbjo thanks for pointing that out, will update $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Mar 17 '17 at 16:09
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I believe each of the alphanumeric codes is

A vehicle registration number (hence the "register" hint in the title).

My first instinct, therefore, is to

Look up the registration numbers to see what locales they would be valid in.

I don't think I have enough time to do that in my lunch break but hopefully that's enough of a starting point.

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  • $\begingroup$ All info you can get off Wikipedia $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Mar 16 '17 at 14:33
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Using n_palum's answer, and Gareth's comment, I think the answer is:

The puzzle from hell

Because:

When you multiply the digits in each row together, you get
271 => 14
732 => 42
21(13) => 6
132 => 6
11(23) => 6
11 - (83) => 24
(59)1 => 45
213 => 6

And 666 is the number traditionally associated with hell.

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting although I am not sure if that's exactly what he's going for $\endgroup$ – n_plum Mar 17 '17 at 3:09
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    $\begingroup$ Well, it seems like there are co-ordinates hidden in there. $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Mar 17 '17 at 7:27
  • $\begingroup$ Update: Still multiplying only - your answers should now be: 14, 42, 26, 6, 23, 83, 59, 6. $\endgroup$ – n_plum Mar 17 '17 at 13:55

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