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You continue through the labyrinth by taking passageway

O.

Now, there's another crossroads with 26 passageways, one for each letter of the alphabet. This is going to be tough, isn't it?

There's also a very well done painting on the wall:

enter image description here

Which passageway should you take, and why?


Note the lack of fluff in this riddle. Sorry about that! I'm in a bit of a hurry and this one won't have any backstory, at all. The next one will, I promise!


Current Points:
Joshua Bizley -- 24 19 14 points

Shoover -- 15 40 109 points

Omega Krypton — 40 60 67 points

SEE PART XI FOR INFORMATION ON HOW POINTS WORK

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  • $\begingroup$ So this puzzle is worth 100 pts, right? I got 27, and shoover 25 atm? Which means there are still 48 more to go? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Aug 5 at 11:42
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton - Incorrect (or incomplete) answers are worth a maximum of 30 points. That means you guys are very close! $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 5 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton - Also, it's a maximum of 100 per person who attempts... $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 5 at 19:54
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Similar to Omega Krypton, I used the old trick

on the image link from the original post, not the edited version

and I got

an image of a 170g container of pear-flavored Ísey Skyr yogurt from Iceland

which is interesting because

the puffin photo is by Jorunn Sjofn, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland https://www.flickr.com/people/jorunns/

Also just breaking the "ice" here.

As an aside,

puffins can be found in Iceland.

In an update, Omega Krypton found

the string TTTTAOHIKTEOEALNTLOHOCEFA hidden in the yogurt image

which arranges to

TTTT
AOHI
KTEO
EALN
TLO
HOC
EFA

that is:

TAKE THE TOTAL OF THE LOCATION

which means that we should take

ICELAND = 9 + 3 + 5 + 12 + 1 + 14 + 4 = 48, and 48 mod 26 = 22, which is V

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  • $\begingroup$ You're at 40 points total now... $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 5 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ Just noticed that you edited... Exactly right! This should put you at 109 points, now! $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 5 at 19:53
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Well, here’s my partial answer to break the ice.

With no idea what to deal with the puzzle after not getting any results when I open it with notepad, I resorted to the old trick I used (and someone else too)

Plug the image into the link provided in the last part as a hint: https://manytools.org/hacker-tools/steganography-encode-text-into-image/

And the encoded message says

ISO7EBd

Aha, and perhaps the first two letters

is IS, the ISO code of Iceland!

@shoover was clever enough to check the original image as well, and it turned out to be

an image of a 170g container of pear-flavored Ísey Skyr yogurt from Iceland

and find out that

the author of the puffin photo, Jorunn Sjofn, lives in Reykjavik, Iceland

I went even one more step forward

to check the yogurt image

and got

TTTTAOHIKTEOEALNTLOHOCEFA

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  • $\begingroup$ Good job! That's 40 + 20 = 60 total so far! $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 4 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ That’s even better so that makes it a total of 67 points so far. I’ll make the edit soon. $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 5 at 11:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Voldemort'sWrath is the Iceland clue useful? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Aug 5 at 11:43
  • $\begingroup$ No comment! ;) I can't answer any hints! $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 5 at 19:50

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