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The answer is which you find by or


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Partial answer: Significant progress, not sure how to finish it off The dots in between the squares... These can be interpreted There are also some other ways to extract similar arrangements of letters: The data collected: So what next?


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Given the ASCII conversion I think the answer is: Edit: I think my original answer was incorrect. I now think it is: My reasoning: Lines 1 & 2: Developers encounter bugs often, sometimes bugs persist causing anger, especially in patches. Line 3: No bug, no need for patching anything Line 4: Developers often have to patch code Line 5: ...


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The message is The cipher is


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I've noticed that So, Joe wants to go to prom with It's fairly simple, and I don't see any substitution here, unless I'm missing something.


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First we which gives: So I think the answer is Line-by-line explanation:


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As Neo1009 already found out, The hints in the second stanza were So the encoding is What we had to do according to stanza 3 is to find out Lets do that The decoded message:


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This is not a complete solution. I am going to drop some of my scratch here in case it inspires someone else. On the subject of the cipher: I have noticed that Applying the decryption: So, the answer to the question "Where is Lester?" is ... Because As a bonus,


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Okay I'm shooting my shot. I'm not good with ciphers or what not, and I could be on the totally wrong trail but... Here me out here: OP went clearly out of their way to introduce magic into this question, but after the first paragraph, magic is barely referenced. They are meeting at a university laboratory which is pretty ordinary, even the clue that was "...


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I believe this cipher is


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I've solved the fifth hint, but it's a bit long for a comment: One viable solution to the logic grid occurs if we guess that EDIT The last comment above is wrong. There is only one solution. I leave it to you, @Annosz. :)


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The six hint are highlighted in this image: First hint: Second hint: Third hint: Fourth hint - solved by @Jens Fifth hint: - solved by @Jens Sixth hint: The final solution and the logic grid is the following:


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So, the first cipher is a and the ciphertext decodes to The second cipher is and the ciphertext decodes to The last cipher is a which yields Oh, and thanks for


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Based on the comments from Skynet_0 and Bananenkopp, we see that The passcode may therefore be


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Well, try different ciphers, different solvers, different passwords. You mentioned vignere, but dont know a key. Lets try That gives us And the answer is:


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Edit: author says that my guess is wrong. Leaving it here for historical purposes. My guess at the answer to part 1. Is it All the symptoms check out, although I think the "irritated eyes, throat, sinuses" part is not so common. Though perhaps with such a long exposure...


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I think this is how to place the pigs Deusovi mentioned correctly in the comments that determining the final answer has to do with Furthermore, as determined by Luke Bickell in the comments, applying the logic that The grid reads


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The answer is 11, I forgot to try linear combinations on the columns, I'm an idiot. For example, the first element of the fifth row (a5,1 = 13) comes up as a result of the following operation: a5,1 = (a1,1 + a2,1) - (a3,1 + a4,1) So the answer is: (3+21) - (4+9) = 11


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The code, translating symbols to their IPA equivalents: The message is: How I figured it out:


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