I have recently obtained a locked briefcase by, uhm, completely legal means.
Stop looking at me like that.
The combination lock has six numbers and I can't seem to figure out the correct combination. There was a small note attached. Maybe it's the owner's favourite poem or something? Seems like near-gibberish to me, though.
Nine must take gṛeat carẹ w$h$en oṗ$e$ning this box;
Only th$r$ee shạ$r$p mịnds $i$ts secṛet u$n$locks.
Have a $g$o aṭ tḥi$s$ rhymẹ,
Iṇ fact yoụ still have tiṃe.
Not yet tool one to decode these text ḅlocks.
Tre$a$sure awaiting $b$e two puzzled eyes;
Having five find $o$ut the tr$u$th from the lies.
Examine evẹry li$n$e,
Eagerly ṣevening in on the prize.
What I've tried:
Wasn't it... shucks. Out of ideas now.