Greetings fellow puzzlers and puzzled alike! I’ve concocted a little puzzle for you all... Well little may be an understatement, but I'll come back to that.

Before starting, you should know that the only materials you'll ever need for this puzzle are as follows:

  • A device compatible with a search engine such as Google, Firefox, etc. and a steady internet connection

  • A brain (preferably inside the person)

  • And a knowledge of death and decay! [An ominous crescendo plays out slowly]

This puzzle has been divided into several parts, or gates, as I fondly call them, and each gate leads to a name. Additionally, each gate may contain clues for the gates beyond it, so keep an eye out! Each gate has a name as well, which may be a warning/instruction for the puzzle within, or, who knows, it's just claptrap!

This is the first gate of a series of 'N' gates of climbing difficulties. 'N,' because I haven't decided how many there should be yet, it would depend on how long each solution takes to show up. (And if I can keep up with school's reopening.)

All my best to the puzzlers, start your engines, and let the games begin! [Maniacal cackling follows]

The First Gate: Why So Tense?

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You’ve heard so many riddles, and here’s a—nother,

About a marvellous mind and an alias, a cover,

Who isn't afraid of the police, they can come if they dare!

She'll probably be crafting plans in her lair!

A criminal mastermind, yet her hands are pristine,

Perhaps it’s because the others dirty the scene!

Oui, it’s for her they commit Dastardly deeds,

And it’s for her they get eventually caught,

Yet once behind bars, they say her name not!

The last syllable of one of the catchers,

May not help with just this case, but still, now, can you snatch her?

A Bonus Round

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Hint 1

Each hint may not appear like this, should any be required. Think out of the box!

Post Script (Not A Hint)

Thank you for taking interest in this puzzle! I came up with the first gate yesterday, but it took some time to get the formatting just right, and any feedback, positive or not so in nature, is appreciated. I plan on incorporating all kinds of puzzling skillsets as the gates go on, so consider it my humble challenge to entire the puzzling community!

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    $\begingroup$ Umm quick question, do you want the aforementioned alias or the real name? (if I am reading the puzzle correctly) $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Mar 13 at 2:03
  • $\begingroup$ Good question @Bewilderer. Each underscore is meant for a single letter only, and that peculiar dash in 'a—nother' is supposed to be an em dash, in case there is any confusion. That's all I'll say. :) $\endgroup$ – When The Dust Settles Mar 13 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ The name of the gate and the number of letters makes me think (ROT13) cnfg cnegvpvcyr, but I can't see how it would fit the rest of the clues. $\endgroup$ – CactusCake Apr 26 at 21:41

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