After going to sleep one night, you wake up in the middle of a dimly-lit cavern. You can feel the cool, damp surface of the stone beneath your fingers as you push yourself to a sitting position and observe that the cavern has 10 doors, labelled 1 through 10. Each door is engraved with nine words; each door has a 10-digit keypad directly next to it. You experimentally push some buttons on the keypad. Every five number presses, a light on the keypad flashes red. Obviously, each door needs a five-digit code to open, to be determined from the nine words engraved on the door's panel.
was thirteen when fourteen eating cookies and he nearly
held I was were born in if raised the
manor Jones stadium Mrs. Mr. field the of Smith
years call Ishmael some evening we post me flour
universally mail is a truth almost thing it fortnight
in this among reptiles other people public buildings shiny
hair temple fair boy with the unfair legalism of
you idiot the mouse give liberation if a dapper
it bright cold shiny hard was a tuba master
he Elmer was happy drunk Gantry fine fee puzzle
Upon solving the final code, the last light flashes the welcome green, and all ten doors synchronously swing open, revealing that all ten lead to the same place - a second cavern, one with sunlight streaming in through a window. Mounted on the subterranean wall next to the window is a dust-laden beige QWERTY keyboard with a small Post-It note attached. The note reads:
You have one chance to type in the one word that can save you. Remember what got you out of the first room.
Etched in the stone beneath your feet is a number and two words:
324081: Regrind Her
After a moment's hesitation, you anxiously press what you hope are the keys to your freedom. After a few seconds of deafening silence, the window clicks open. You joyously climb out - only to wake up, and realize it was all a dream. You then decide to post the puzzle on PSE for some easy reputation.
What were the ten numbers, and what was the word that you typed into the keyboard?
Surely some names on doors four and ten will trigger the minds of our literary-minded puzzlers.
The word you typed in happened to be ten letters long, and for a good reason.