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?? ?


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

  • $\begingroup$ 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

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.


Road to Sky Garden


Road to Sky Garden


Flower Thieves of Sky Garden


Path to the Secret Flower Field


Behind the Rock Wall


Caught Hopping in the Forest!


The Nut 'Round the Corner


Love in the Forest Ruins

Filling in the question marks, that gives you:


telling you to go to:


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.

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:


Which means:


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.



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


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.


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:


The smallest universal resource locator, hinting at tinyurl


Imgur, telling you to use Imgur


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


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


These are some

Fibonacci Numbers

telling you that you will use them.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ 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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