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

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So building on kristinalustig's answer they are indeed playing The cards are assigned as follows Alice's first turn Bob's first turn In particular Alice's next move produces Bob's next move produces "you could have got yourself 7 points more if you’d played the five of clubs first." Alice's last move is Alice's score For those unfamiliar with the ...

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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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He hid them in the

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I spent quite a while working on this yesterday and today. I only have a partial answer. I started with the assumption that I chose this assumption because: Given this assumption, I tried: However: I might proceed with:

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First, notice that: But if we take a look further: For example, for the RED one: But, cleverly, we don't stop here! Taking a look far further: For example, for the RED one: So if we tabulate the results, and taking the "differences": The last thing is to extract the final answer: The final answer is: Final remark (helped by the author):

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The password is First, solve the Rubik's Cube. Now to find the password.

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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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Answer Mate in 4 moves: Answer for the cryptarithm: That is, using the FEN notation, The third part means:

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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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Firstly, the last two lines are Reasoning Translation OP note: I didn't realize I skipped Western Frisian... an error on my part

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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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So this seems a little too easy, but I think the answer is: The reasoning:

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You are going to: And the Safe combo is: I had no idea where to start with this, so did some cryptanalysis. The Index of Coincidence was $0.04082$ suggesting a polyalphabetic cipher (therefore likely vigenere), and running probable key lengths suggested that the most likely key length would be 8. Now things started to fall into place! The first important ...

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A partial answer but with excellent progress, thanks in part to insights from @LukasRotter Line 1: ANRIVPBAPYHQVATVANHTHENGVBATRAHSYRPGORSBERZRNAFGBPBAPRNYJBEQF This line of text is encoded using: and decodes as: What is this? Well, it's... Line 2: BZGRQTRWHOFXCREGMFRMWXKZKWFYIIVIUIBOJVII [KRC] This line of the puzzle is encoded using the cipher ...

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Pat (oh, Pat.) is sending you to: Here's how you get there:

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First part : Credits to @Amos Zoellner for the first part Second part :

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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 41v9 p5w96 5v96 y52 b9c12s9 I 1m 1234567890 Using the cipher substitution, we see that Therefore the final word is So the general said How I broke this cipher:

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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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His name is The second line - isvexcioinid (2)(4) xfviirisit (5) itxhviirld (2)(2)(1) can be broken down as follows In detail: Then arrange those according to Which reads

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There's multiple layers of encoding here, but thankfully, none of them are too hard to figure out. Outermost layer: Middle layer: Innermost layer:

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If the password is not an animal, I suppose it is As we can find Ring 1: Ring 2: Ring 3: Ring 4: Ring 5: For each ring,

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Plaintext: Method:

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