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In honor of MAR10 day, I have created a puzzle for you! Try to guess what Mario universe character I am, and what game I'm from.

R ad to
         k   ar
 l     thi v?  of s y  a  e 
    h to the s      fl? er f   d
 e       e        ll

The     ' ound the c    r
  ?  i  ???  ? ?   r?? ?

Hint:

The red herring you might come across is indeed a red herring, but it has a connection to the answer. You'll see what I mean later.

Hint 2:

We can oo a l the y t ???? f m is g t i e ky w r

Hint 3:

Does anyone want to edit my question?

Hint 4:

Go to the tinyurl url with the characters that would be where the question marks are. That's tinyurl.com/???????????

Hint 5:

160500643816367088 259695496911122585 420196140727489673 679891637638612258

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks like a railroad cipher to me $\endgroup$ – North Mar 13 '18 at 0:09
  • $\begingroup$ Is he/she a well known mario character? $\endgroup$ – North Mar 13 '18 at 0:13
  • $\begingroup$ @North The "first stage" (the text above) is not a cipher. The character is pretty well known, and if you played a Mario game before, you probably would have seen one. $\endgroup$ – yummypasta Mar 13 '18 at 0:28
  • $\begingroup$ Ummm then why is there a cipher tag $\endgroup$ – North Mar 13 '18 at 0:35
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling SE btw $\endgroup$ – North Mar 13 '18 at 0:35
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Okay, since there weren't many answers I guess I'll post the correct solution.

First clue: Block with missing letters

Each line of the block is the name of a Power Moon from the Wooded Kingdom, from Super Mario Odyssey. They correspond to the fibonacci numbers, so I have added numbers before each line.

1:

Road to Sky Garden

1:

Road to Sky Garden

2:

Flower Thieves of Sky Garden

3:

Path to the Secret Flower Field

5:

Behind the Rock Wall

8:

Caught Hopping in the Forest!

13:

The Nut 'Round the Corner

21:

Love in the Forest Ruins

Filling in the question marks, that gives you:

eovtheouis

telling you to go to:

tinyurl.com/eovtheouis

Second clue: The Pastebin

The url takes you to a pastebin with the text:

64 01,000.0100.01.000.0000,0110.1001.0001.10.011,011.0000.0.010.0,0110,01.10.100,011,01.010.0,1010.01.0110.00.1.01.0100

Which means:

The 64 just hints that the character is from Super Mario 64. The 0s and 1s are not binary, but they are morse, where 0 corresponds to a . and 1 corresponds to a -. The .s translate to spaces to denote new characters, and the ,s denote a new word.

That gives you:

.- / ... .-.. .- ... .... / .--. -..- ...- -. .-- / .-- .... . .-. . / .--. / .- -. -.. / .-- / .- .-. . / -.-. .- .--. .. - .- .-..

If you translate that, you get:

A SLASH PXVNW WHERE P AND W ARE CAPITAL

Which means:

a/PxvnW

You can now use that in an

imgur url

giving you the image:

Solution Image

which is a

Bub from SM64! These are known as Cheep-Cheeps from other games.

Hints

1

This was referring to the Bub/Cheep Cheep. They are usually red, and a fish, so this was an interesting hint.

2

This is another one of the incomplete text things. If you fill in the missing letters, you get:

We can zoom all the way to the MOON from this great wide wacky world

You might recognize this from:

The lyrics of "Jump Up, Super Star!" the "main theme" of Super Mario Odyssey. The question marks here represented "moon," hinting at having to find power moon names.

3

This hint tells you to

edit the question.

If you do, you'll find:

that I hid HTML Comment Tags in the source (which is accessed through editing).

They say:

1.

The smallest universal resource locator, hinting at tinyurl

2.

Imgur, telling you to use Imgur

3.

Misty Groves, hinting at Steam Gardens, another name for the Wooded Kingdom

4

This one is straightforward. You just have to do what it asks you to do.

5

These are some

Fibonacci Numbers

telling you that you will use them.

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    $\begingroup$ Actually, this is a great puzzle ^^. My two cents: 1. Filling the missing letters is not that simple, they are not google-able and there are too many possibilities to try; you may make it easier or give a hint for that (even filling the missing letters on the hint part is hard IMHO). 2. It's only 2 days since your question was posted. Beside answering your question, you may give another additional hints or put a bounty to gain more attention, ofc if you want to. Anyway, thanks for the nice puzzle! $\endgroup$ – athin Mar 14 '18 at 1:30

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