Welcome to the Cubic Zoo!
Thank you for accepting our invitation to witness history in the making! My name is Amanda and I'll be your tour guide! Today marks a great achievement for the known world, as you are the first to tour our great zoo! There are enclosures dedicated to every continent on the planet; but, to make things even better, the main attraction is our animal sphere! This giant orb in the center of our zoo can immediately display any animal of our choosing. Everyday we choose several animals to be on display within the sphere!
Since you are the smartest people on the planet, and have been hand selected for your intellect; today's animals are very specific. We've built a puzzle of sorts for you to solve.
Our first stop on the tour is our technology department. When we arrive, you'll be given a cube with five faces. Each face is numbered $1$ through $5$ and contains a letter. To change a letter, simply tap the face you wish to change and select a new letter from the holographic alphabet ($a-z$) that appears. After each animal you may change any number of the five faces to a new letter. Once you've made your changes to the faces, all six sides combined must spell an animal's name in any order; however, faces $1$ through $3$ when read in order are required to display a three letter word, while faces $2$, $4$, and $5$ when read in order are not. To add to the difficulty, each animal must end with the previous animal's first letter.
You may be curious as to why this cube only has $5$ faces. This is because the sixth side is an empty slot we call the wild side, paying homage to mother nature in all her glory. The wild side accepts a single wild card which is contained in a marble. You will be given a bag containing five marbles to choose from. However, choose very carefully; once you change the current wild card, you cannot change it again.
The rules of this puzzle are simple:
- Faces $1$ thorugh $3$ when read in order must display a three letter word.
- This three letter word must have a definition.
- The three letter word is not required to be an animal.
- The first letter of the current animal, must be the last of the next.
The First Animal
For those with difficulty reading the font:
Finally, here is your bag of marbles.
$E, F, K, N, T$
Now that you have the tools; figure out the first animal, then change your wild card so that we can continue the tour.
This zoo is going to bring a lot of paying customers for sure; their animal selection is quite exquisite.
- What are the seven animals shown on the main tour?
The idea that the zoo created a puzzle for us to solve is awesome! The added rule for faces $1$ through $3$ is pretty neat!
- What are the seven three letter words you chose?
Rumor has it that the technology department heavily tested the cube and that following the same ruleset, you can figure out what the testing animal was.
- What is the testing animal?
The nutrition department said they have a very special diet for their felines. It is said that there is one item in their arsenal that seems very controversial.
- What do they feed the felines?
The first, second, and third animals have been successfully found.
The three letter word for animal number $2$ is aga which is a military commander or official in the Ottoman Empire.
The three letter word for animal number $7$ is top.
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