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To solve this puzzle, note the key word in the text: If we employ this on each of the three parts of the puzzle text, we can get the following: So the reason your puzzle was closed is because it seems like you were telling us: So please provide suitable attribution!! ;-)


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Let's solve this backwards as intended. Observe that every word ... Further, we can ... And indeed, ...


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The eight patient names 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: Summary: And finally: Easter eggs / references:


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Here's how I got there. I needed all the hints and Steve's comments under the question were useful before I saw the latest hints. First of all an annotated version of the maze:


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This is nice! To 'open the curtains' here, we need to: We can then: Doing that produces the following grid: Reading down between my added marks in this diagram reveals the hidden message:


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The answer is The flags are These have the two letter codes These correspond to atomic symbols for Which have atomic numbers


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One country links to another by For example, Interestingly, People's Republic of China is All of them:


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Solved Slitherlink: Now, getting the question from the solved grid: We get the question, which is: Thematically, the answer is that:


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Here is how I solved it: First, find the length of each string of ms: s = '''mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm mmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm m ...


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I think that what Captain Clumsy is lacking is: First of all, identify the flags: Secondly, the acetate: Which generates the following table: EDIT: The flags cut out with the acetate patterns look like this:


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I believe your friend is suggesting you should use the name: The first thing to do here is: What we then need to do is: The message then decodes to: What is this? Surely, it's: As to your friend's career, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they are a:


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Given that the solutions to the cryptic clues are as follows... ...we next notice that these answers can be split into three groups... Next, we should notice the numbers in the corner of each box that contains a clue: Finally, as pointed out by @HTM in comments (nice spot), let's focus on the cells containing the 'holes', and specifically...


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Though this note doesn't answer the question, it provides clarity: Now, the next answer is definitely wrong, but I like it too much to omit:


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The machine is actually a lot simpler than it looks! Case 1: Case 2: Conclusion:


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After taking some substances I noticed the vivid* colors** and patterns hidden within this gift of nature: How much raw information is within each unit? With this, we can do the following for each unit If we do this for all units, the abstracted tree now looks like this So the main message this tree holds is: Regarding the specific questions posed ...


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Answer: Solving: Full list:


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Firstly, given the hint that the piece of paper was addressed to both Carmen and Ella, it seems like deciphering the message would require characteristics from both daughters. From the story, we know that Carmen's true love was flags while Ella was blind. This seems to hint that Before doing that though, Now, we know how to decipher the words in the ...


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Plaintext: Method:


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The crux of this problem, as given in Hint 2, is a Vigenère cipher. To apply a Vigenère cipher, we need three things: the alphabet, the ciphertext, and the key. The easiest to figure out is the alphabet. The note tells us that The base range isn't the standard, but it's still standard. We also know, from the extra information, that the alphabet likely ...


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Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: This reveals the final message:


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Rule One-by.one


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Here's my best attempt. I have no proof for this, and while the solving path seems semi-plausible, the end result doesn't really. If the result is useless, I hope the ideas I had can at least help. At some point, with the assumptions I made, I just saw it as an interesting puzzle on its own (even if my assumptions are wrong), since it all worked out fairly ...


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This is a really nice puzzle! To break into it... So we know where the plane was leaving from - where was it travelling to? Without any coordinates to find this out (all the numbers are obscured by the coffee spill), we need to: The logic that I followed to solve this was roughly as follows: Finally, we can identify the 3 characters in the destination ...


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You can find the solution to the nonogram in Anonymous' answer. For the rest


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First, making sense of the letter: Secondly, making sense of the numbers on the glass:


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If you This is apparently Why this specific text I'm not entirely sure of, but


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A partial answer only at this point, I am still working on this and hope to come back to it later! My suspicion is that this relates to More specifically, I think that I need to do some more digging to find out how the characters would map to the square to make this work out and decode it. Update: No matter which way out I label the squares (a-z0-9, 0-9a-z,...


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Okay, I think it's about time this puzzle got solved. Here's some really decent progress - pretty sure I'm just missing one part of the puzzle... First: But how do we read them? Following this decoding procedure for each of the 3x3 blocks produces a grid of number pairs (or occasionally, a single number or no numbers at all), as follows: What do we do ...


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