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This is a With the key Which decides the cipher text to the required ‘THIS PHRASE IS VALID’ The actual intended solution was:

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The way Beastly Gerbil escaped was by focusing on If we apply the "Every 7" clue to the Now, we know that the From/To parts of the bus schedule are encrypted So And (thank you @Kralcl!) Using this as a new key The bottom six entries give the message So If we do this we get Looking these up using Google Maps/Earth we find Finally, Postscript

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The cipher is Which uses a

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So Hint

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

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

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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 1. 2. 3. So overall I think

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It appears to say

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This is not a full answer, but it looks like you're getting quite desperate for some response to this, so I'll write up the thoughts I've had so far, in the hope that either someone can take it and continue to get the full answer, or at least that you will see which parts are clear to potential solvers and which parts may still need hints. Basically we're ...

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Answer First, Breaking the code Explanation of hint

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We need to do the following: Then And then

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

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I don't know the whole answer, but my guess is that .......__.. is Morse Code. Unfortunately, due to a lack of spacing, there are many ways to translate it. The next sentence says 'V is a sign for you.' This could mean to look for V in the code (..._). This translates as HVD, SEVD, ESVD, IIVD, EEIVD, EIEVD, IEEVD, EEEEVD, HVNE, SEVNE, ESVNE, IIVNE, EEIVNE,...

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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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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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An obvious answer (probably too obvious) would be: As in: From:

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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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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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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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The first step is this: Then,

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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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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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First step: Second step: Last step:

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

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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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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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