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(Thanks to f'' for the help in chat! He solved the majority of this puzzle - I just came in at the end.) Step 1: Crossword The crossword was solved by feelinferrety, Z. Dailey, and Sleafar: Step 2: NOTHEX Step 3: Using The Key you get a message for all four paragraphs: Step 4: Following Directions Step 5: The Image Step 6: Interpreting Everything

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Disclaimer: This is only posted in a half-serious manner because I was bored and looking for alternative decodings. The message was sent by: The first trap is the simple answer (given by Joe). If Sarah sees him ask Anne out, she knows he fell for this trap. The second is far more convoluted. First we take the numbers in overlapping pairs: 54 46 65 59 ...

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There was no murder, the police officer is trying to set you up. (Possibly trying to prove that you would be ready to accuse someone of murder based on a garbled message on a computer.)

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Her name is Her phone number is Because The translated message is: Which, converted to plain text is: The result above Translating this, we get: These are the Which spells out the following: Which are the Giving us her phone number: Which, pop-culture tells us belongs to:

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Here's my interpretation. It's Let me tell you why. Observe this ==> hE iS thE CuLpriT? Now read the entire line. Now the teacher knows whom to inquire.

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It's clearly Because Therefore As

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This is Text input: output: It took me a while but when I finally got a result I was full of joy! Why was I happy?

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More partial answer, work in progress: As noted in Rupert Morrish's answer: The hint: So if we decode the cipher text found above using that cipher and key, we get: So if we ROT-13 the remaining still-encrypted part, we get: And.. I'm not sure where to go from there. If I was forced to give an answer right now, I'd guess that ...and that's as far ...

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Trevor Powell did most of the work in his answer. He ended up here: This requires two stages of interpretation. First: Alternatively: Then:

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well,

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Scroll to the end if you just want the answer. I give a detailed explanation of how I reached it. First, I hypothesized that the permutation has two cycles: one of length 9, and one length 17. The length-17 one contains T and R, and the length-9 one contains E. How did I get there? Look at the string JR. at the start of the second paragraph. That's a ...

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Partial solution

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Looks like Once all of the places are found,

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The country code of Brazil is: This is because: For a full explanation for each country in the original list, see the following table:

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I'll start with a few simple ones to get us rolling. Base64 has a 2/3 chance of requiring one or two trailing = signs - if you spot any of these, there's a very good chance you're dealing with Base64 encoded text. A Bacon cipher is composed of 2 binary bits, which can be represented by anything (eg. could be upper/lowercase as in one recent question, or ...

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If you interpret each two-digit number as We can interpret the full string as: Which looks a lot like Interpreting the numbers in this way gives us the string Which, with spaces, says

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Here is an answer that decodes this image. Not being a programmer, I used ImageJ and Stegsolve to look at this file. Viewing with bit0 then bit1 provides these two images: Then continuing to toggle through bit2, bit3, bit4 provides the following images: And finally, these images with bit5, bit6, bit7 So the name of the painting is:

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This guide aims to explain various ciphers, help you understand how they work, and how to decode them with or without a key. This answer is currently being split into multiple posts to improve scrollability and readability after some advice from other users. This may take a while, and apologies for the stop-start fashion of it. Mission accomplished! This ...

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The boss has encoded the numbers using: For example: The numbers are thus as follows: My contact @hagfy (real name unknown) has identified this as the highly-advanced ...and has used enhanced decryption capabilities to obtain the final location of the anti-shrink device:

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Room 1: I hope I won't DIE...

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The dots and dashes are Morse Code as noticed by @Randal'thor When it is translated to text it reads as follows: These are As a bonus 'Fall MMXVI' is Roman numerals for which was the season and year when the puzzle was posted...

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Taking the lines with squares on them, we get this message: $(K(AK^T)^{-1}+E^TH^T(HKO((AO)^{-1}C^T+O^{-1}K^{-1}L^T)+T^T))^T+S$ Superscript T has a specific meaning: it's the transpose of a matrix. Assuming letters represent matrices, the bottom three lines can be guessed: $K$ is [symme]tric $H$ an[d] $A$ a[r]e [orthog]onal $I$ i[s the] identi[ty] This ...

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The secret of the universe is Because the famous leader who found the tabelet is He invented a code named The message on the piece of paper has been decoded using so if we use the cipher above to encode it back we get When we undo what the MAGE has done to it we get which again decoded by the cipher of the great leader gives us

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If you you get which means Giving the real name

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Excellent puzzle! The secret message is Here's how I solved it... And with a bit of Googling and doodling, I ended up with this:

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Partial Answer 1 (found by bobajob). B (found by Daphne B). C (found by Betty Crokker). 4 (found by Moghwyn). E. F (found by Will). G. H. I/9 (found by bobajob). Final (Found by Alex Varga):

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The first step is this: Then,

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