# Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. XVII

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:

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

• Are you sure the first two symbols aren't the wrong way around? Jan 4, 2020 at 13:36
• (Also, there's a pair of adjacent symbols that should maybe be replaced with another one. I am being vague to reduce spoiling risk :-).) Jan 4, 2020 at 13:52
• @GarethMcCaughan - Everything seems to be correct, I believe... Jan 4, 2020 at 14:37
• Is it meant to be obvious what "original image" means in the hint? Jan 4, 2020 at 21:29
• @GarethMcCaughan -- It just means the original inscription on the wall. Jan 5, 2020 at 1:17

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).