He gave her 8 choices. 7 lead to death, one lets her continue.

• O6A
• O6B
• I6C
• U6D
• I6E
• I6F
• O6G
• O6H

He turned the hour glass once more and told her:

You are missing three letters, they are within:

Hints

For second part, what he gave her was three papers. One printed all black, another empty one, white color and one with a # printed in huge font size.

Hint 1 - 8th of April

The five items share something in common. What they share has 5 letters.

Hint 2 - 15th of April

The three rightly chosen letters from black white and hashtag plus the letters of words in Hints 1, when correctly concatenated, form a person's surname that help identify why she choose O6G :)

Hint 3 - 15th of May

They are playing Chess
I modified a little Hint 2 making it better. That is, his surname is 8 letters length.

• @user118161, well... looks like you only have 3 items left :)
– JKHA
Apr 9, 2020 at 10:56
• @user118161 What about searching gladiator on your favorite search engine? I have edited the Yellow Dress so you are better well directed :)
– JKHA
Apr 10, 2020 at 1:42
• I reverseimagesearched the yellow dress, and apparently it's from La La land(2016) Apr 10, 2020 at 1:51
– JKHA
May 15, 2020 at 3:17
• @JKHA please check the tag description of [cryptography] and ensure that you mean to use that tag, as opposed to [cipher]. You would use [cipher] if your puzzle involves encoding/decoding a message, the algorithm of an encryption, etc. You would use [cryptography] if your puzzle involves strategies for how to use encryption - the idea of public-key cryptography, rather than the algorithm for how the public key alters the text. Jan 8 at 1:57

The pictures represent:

Oscar winning movies: Lala Land, Joker, Titanic, Green Book, and Gladiator

So, the solution to Hint 1 is:

Oscar, which has 5 letters

• As does 'movie'. Apr 10, 2020 at 3:53
• As does 'films', and for that matter, 'thing'. But, would the op choose 5 academy award winners if a more generic answer was wanted? Apr 10, 2020 at 7:44
• I think it is likely that 'Oscar' plays a role in the solution to the puzzle, but the purpose of Hint 1 was just to get us to figure out why those images were chosen in the first place. I suspect that 'movie' is what the OP had in mind with that hint. We'll know soon enough. Apr 10, 2020 at 7:50
• First letter of oscar is o, which is also first letter of o6g. Apr 11, 2020 at 1:37

I agree. OSCAR seems fit for the first hint.

I'm not very sure of my approach, but this is how I think it could be.

She chose O6G. The surname is 8 letters long. So... OSCAR_ _G Now the order need not be this. The 'G' makes sense as it is present in the word 'Hashtag'.

Now coming up with a surname...hmm...

We could come up with some random surname like Oscarbig, Oscarleg, Oscarbeg or whatever. Since none of them seems fit, I assume that the order will change. We just have to choose a letter each from 'black' and 'white'. Another thing I thought about is whether it includes the name of some chess GM.

'Carlsen' did seem like a possibility as all letters except 'n' can be a part of the word. To form Carlsen we need an extra e and l (excluding n). I know this is some absurd logic but yeah.

So that gives us the following letters:

O, S, C, A, R, L, E, G

I'm assuming we change the arrangement of the letters between O and G to form something meaningful. I think O and G will remain fixed as she chose O6G. Any guidance would be appreciated.

I don't think this is the right approach. I'm clearly not thinking this through. (I don't have enough reps to comment. I'll delete this post later.)

• Think about the chess hint. Apr 1 at 12:40
• Yeah. Tried to, but failed. I could only think of Carlsen. Apr 1 at 12:40
• Try research about chess then. There is nothing I can think. Apr 1 at 18:04

The various pictures (as solved by others) are:

La La Land, Joker, Titanic, Green Book, Gladiator, White, Black, Hashtag

Using hints 2 and 3, you can take one letter from each of the above, forming an 8 letter surname, chess related:

Alekhine (Hashtag, La La Land, Joker, Black, White, Gladiator, Titanic, Green Book)

Then:

Alekhine famously played a blindfold match in 1941 (Alekhine vs Supico) in which he made a brilliant queen sacrifice Qg6 to win the game. It is known as one of his greatest moves. Note the similarity between the move QG6 and O6G.

• @JKHA Perhaps you could comment on whether this answer is correct, since only you would know.
– JS1
May 13 at 3:36