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So, here is the key to solve this: The number $XY$ represents: So the answer is:


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The message says and it works as follows: And of course We get And Credit where due: There were a couple of errors in the first version of this answer, which I have fixed after Rubio kindly pointed them out. Discredit where due: I originally claimed that one element in the process was "sometimes slightly sketchy", but the sketchiness was in fact all in ...


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If we Now, so perhaps we should enter Credit where due:


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Section IV My prefix is shiny and precious. My infix is archaically long ago. My suffix contains German beer. I heard of something ending once, So I wrote about it, of course!


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Section I Lines 1-3: Lines 4-6: Lines 7-9: Lines 10-12: Lines 13-15: So one of your favourite poets is Section II Taking each three-number code $m.n.p$ to mean another of your favourite poets is Section III Another of your favourite poets is Thanks @Deusovi for help with this! Section IV Thanks to @OmegaKrypton for all but the suffix here. My ...


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Step 1: Step 1.5: Step 2:


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The slip of paper which whose so Although


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First of all, let's assume that the encrypted words are in the same order as the plaintext ones, since otherwise this puzzle would just be some boring busywork. Then, we notice that the kid's names start with the letters A to F only. This means that each round can only shift the first letter of a word by 5 spots in the alphabet. Let's start with ...


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Steve is at the The cipher Text:


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I think the word we're looking for is obtained by


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Let's begin by seeing what each chair has changed by over all the rounds it was involved in, by de-Vigenere-ing its final state using its initial state as key. We get, in order: We can already see that But let's take a different approach. So: which (more or less) just solves some linear equations, and returns this: meaning yielding this: In other ...


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Since he has 117 116 75 66 74 71 73 117 116 77 100 160 120 174 63 44 72 60 162 100 174 134 174 46 63 44 73 Could it be possible that the password is


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Section I, the fifth Poet


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The message says [EDITED: The description of the cipher that used to be here was almost but not quite correct, and was not as simple as the one the OP had in mind. Here's another way to put it which I suspect is what they had in mind.] To encrypt a message,


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Adding to the previous excellent answers: If the letter frequency distribution looks like regular English (lots of ETAOIN, a bit of SHRDLU), and there are maybe (but not necessarily) some short recognisable word fragments in the mix, you are probably dealing with a transposition cipher of one kind or another. If the word lengths look reasonable, it may be ...


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To decipher, So we will have


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First round: Second round Third round Fourth round Fifth round Results   This was done by computer. Solving this manually would be an incredible slog, as you have to test a LOT of combinations of names to see which sets of names encode to the final "words" on the chairs.


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Very partial, mostly starting a conversation. The first thing that stands out to me is Based on that assumption I: But I failed to see any clear pattern in the result. I am also still trying to figure out:


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Order of Elimination: To start off we can: In order to start idetifying where children sat we no that: This means after round 1 the seating arrangement was: Now for round two: Now in round 3 we are down to three total chairs: Round 4, 2 chairs left: Final Round:


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Building off the answer by @El-Guest:


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The furthest I have gotten so far is: For the next one: Something else that struck me as odd about the puzzle is that


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Not sure if this is the answer but some insights/ suspicious coincidence: for smoke: like this but doesn't work for the next (m-->o), why!?


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