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The first step is this: Then,


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I think the word you are looking for is The cook is fired! Decay! The baker's dozen! I need a new job.


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Each rectangle of letters gives Top row: Bottom row: At first I'd thought the dots in some rectangles would be Now, what can we do with these words we've got? Another idea is to Thanks to Stiv, this does indeed make sense if we just simplify the tracks a bit: and the answer is


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We have (I am not sure I have correctly identified the room but it seems somewhat plausible). Here So a doctor might provide ...


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Got it... Looking at the numbers, I find that all the numbers on a light colored background are 4, 5, 6, or 7. And only five are 4 and 5. The problem was that I don't know how to pair up the digits, except that I'm pretty sure the inner ring goes yielding However it goes, the "e" and "f" must be paired with "4" or "6", yielding n/N and o/O Edit: to ...


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I think this is worse than my first answer, but I am going to try again. The cook is fired! Decay! The baker's dozen! I need a new job. Original attempt:


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The numbers If we then and And I think the secret word is Confession:


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Update - Thanks to @hagfy, the pattern has emereged. The final message is: Which fits the story quite nicely. The message can be extracted from the cipher poem as below: Regarding a couple of the hints: Hint 4 Hint 5:


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The verse at the start clearly seems to point to and the barcodes [EDITED to add:] The title Now which is clearly referring to [EDITED to add:] I'm not sure whether there's more we're supposed to do. [EDITED to add:]


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I get the feeling the word you're looking for is: Why? Well, (with nods to @hexomino and @LannyStrack for solving parts of the puzzle):


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The answer is The solution method is: Cryptography of the day: And to answer the question:


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Second attempt The two-digit number is: I calculated it as follows: Previous attempt I will take a stab at it, and guess that the two-digit number is: I calculated it as follows:


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The wizard is: Mix well The letters: Unscrambles to:


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First step: Second step: Last step:


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The picture depicts: These resemble a famous: Translating it:


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My guess is: Reasoning: Starting with the discovery of @shoover that I then Solving each of these, I generated Note:


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The answer is: By doing: Then: Hence: Finally,


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As Hint 1 says: How are the stickers used? So what does the message say? Ultimately we are trying to find out the woman's profession, so what can this cryptic-sounding riddle translate to?


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The answer to the puzzle is: Puzzle 1: Puzzle 2: Puzzle 3: Putting it all together:


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Answer First, Breaking the code Explanation of hint


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Explanation for how the numbers relate to the shapes Possible explanation for other considerations (why these particular numbers, why this ordering) I can't immediately explain the ordering of the shapes, but perhaps that is arbitrary.


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I think the letters are all Based off your hint: Going off your title: Using this idea for DBE should mean the ??? is:


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Perhaps the answer is Because And the fact that We can deduce the answer: Which matches Hint 6 in that (Those not after "-" is the original text):


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Partial answer, thinking out loud. The red and white thing above the line is This makes me think So let's see what we can make of the boxes. The grid represents Based on the hint, For the boxes to the right, YOU AS ARE YIELD PLAIN STAR BRICK LIFT For the boxes underneath, AM COME GET HI MOON LIE LOAF ME CAGE From there,


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Partial answer:


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Thinking out loud, no answer yet. Unraveling the code: 4253e 77756 95249 66776 24330 47477 25e 766 f74 677 635 456 737563 30 + 18 + 6 = 54 total, which fits 9 hex-a-decimal colors: There must be a lexicon based on the 54 characters which could be sliced evenly by it's factors of 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 18, 27. Unfortunately ...


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We need to do the following: Then And then


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So we can break up the solution as which decodes as Although I suspect there may be another level of decoding and the final answer should be


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Partial Answer 1. 2. 3. So overall I think


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