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So, I actually went southeast right away after seeing the answer to Interesting email I received? and, when I had gone just about five miles, I'll be darned, I saw a titanium cage exactly as described in the email. There was a lock on it which allowed three letters to be inputted. However, there wan't a person in the cage. In fact, I couldn't see the other corner, but there was a paper that I grabbed... Here's what it said...

Pay attention to all of the classic puzzle clues, you'll be needing them... or not...

Hello. You may not know me, but I

am inviting you to participate in the

Heavysolvers Puzzle Competition,

a highly secretive and prestigious

new puzzle competition that to fully be

introduced to you need to still

complete the second puzzle which

eighteen people have done so far

twenty people are admitted maximum

remember: jlaxbcrl first, cpme second,

you finally need whozwq. reread if confused

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    $\begingroup$ Ahhh this is riddled with tricks! :D +1 $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Oct 4 '18 at 0:03
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Partial "Answer" - Will Update Soon.

The bolded letters are -

nope not this

Italics are -

stop tryin erd

The acrostic says -

HaHa nice try

However, jlaxbcrl,

Is "acrostic" in rot17.

Also, whozwq is

"italic" in rot12.

And cpme is

"bold" in rot25.

However, an out there guess is "erd".

I probably missed something in the italics, because they're hard to see.

I'll also note that an s is missing in "However, there wan't a person in the cage.". I tried to email the person, but obviously it's fake.

There are many grammar errors, but at this point it's probably "or not..."

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  • $\begingroup$ You didn't miss anything. I checked... $\endgroup$ – Jason Kim Oct 4 '18 at 4:40
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Could it be

HNT

based on Alto's work:

First is acrostic = H, second is bold = N, third is italic = T. It's close to "hint"... Dunno if that means anything.

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