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Sorry for the long break everyone! It's been hectic. Here goes XVII:


There is another chamber of the labyrinth which contains yet another inscription on the wall:

inscription

inscription

Once again, there is a keyboard and you have to type the correct response in. You have a feeling that this is going to be the end of the labyrinth, once and for all. Who knows what adventures await you later!


HINTS: (0% points deduction)

  1. https://www.pvvvpkiyplw.info/vwuiuvvmitaij.php (use original image for help with this hint)


Current Points:
Joshua Bizley -- 24 19 14 points

Shoover -- 15 40 109 points

Omega Krypton -- 40 60 67 points

Jan Ivan -- 100 points

El-Guest -- 65 points

Stiv -- 83 points

SEE PART XI FOR INFORMATION ON HOW POINTS WORK

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    $\begingroup$ Are you sure the first two symbols aren't the wrong way around? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 4 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ (Also, there's a pair of adjacent symbols that should maybe be replaced with another one. I am being vague to reduce spoiling risk :-).) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 4 at 13:52
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan - Everything seems to be correct, I believe... $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Jan 4 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Is it meant to be obvious what "original image" means in the hint? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 4 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan -- It just means the original inscription on the wall. $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Jan 5 at 1:17
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The password you must type is:

FELINE

Why? Start by noticing that the inscription is written using:

The Elder Futhark runic alphabet.

Translating, we get:

CSISJTNEVTNEERHTNNET

What does this mean?

Well, nothing as it is. But let's reverse it to get:
TENNTHREENTVENTJSISC

Splitting this string into smaller parts, we can form something resembling words:
TEN N THREE N TVENTJ-SISC

And when you consider that the Elder Futhark does not have direct equivalents for some modern-day letters, this appears to be an attempt to spell out (replacing unavailable letters with pseudo-phonetics):
TEN AND THREE AND TWENTY-SIX

At first glance this seems to suggest that we should type:

10 3 26

into the keyboard. However, this means very little by itself (and converting into A1Z26 yields the pretty unfruitful-looking 'JCZ'); plus it makes no use of the cheese image as things stand. So how can we find a word which better ties together these numbers and the picture? Start by noting the following:

1. The image is of Cheshire cheese, specifically (taken from the Wikipedia page).

2. If we look up symbols in the Periodic Table for elements whose atomic numbers match those that we have found (a fairly common way to convert numbers to letters in puzzles), we get Ne-Li-Fe (Neon, Lithium and Iron).

What links these two?

Well, perhaps the most common association with 'Cheshire' (aside from the English county) is the Cheshire Cat - a character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This is a nudge for us to notice that if we reverse the order of the chemical symbols (in exactly the same way as we did when reading the runes) we obtain the word Fe-Li-Ne - a word relating to cats... This word - the link between the numbers and the hint image - is thus our password!

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 because you are definitely heading down a most correct path... Try to use the second image that's there as well. It provides you a little hint of what to do next!!! Congratulations, you have 45 points (you are very close now). $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Jan 6 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Voldemort'sWrath How about now? Or is it something else linked with the character I have identified? (E.g. rot13(FZVYR)?) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jan 6 at 21:50
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, very nice. Now that the runes have been revealed I can explain my cryptic comments earlier. (1) Shouldn't it be rot13(FVPF engure guna FVFP)? (2) rot13(Gur GU fbhaq unf vgf bja ehar, naq G+U jbhyq or n G fbhaq sbyybjrq ol na U fbhaq.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 6 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I had the same reservation about the C and S... I would love to know if there is a dialect or language where the order is considered inconsequential :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jan 6 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ Very well done! Feline is the correct answer. Total 83 points... $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Jan 7 at 3:30

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