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Part 1: The Solved Grid The solved grid is below: The logic for the left side portions was relatively straightforward. There were no particularly difficult steps - just searching for the next place progress can be made, like solving a jigsaw puzzle. A few sections had extra information that seems important: Part 2: The Messages


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Answer The country your sister most recently visited is: The reasoning: What's next: Moving on: The last step: Some final notes: Regarding the handwritten note: A final easter egg: I absolutely loved this puzzle! It hit the exact blend of "curse you" and "a-ha!" moments to make for a really enjoyable time. I sincerely admire the ...


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I think you are looking at the shape of


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


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Extending @QuantumTwinkie's answer, and using the connect-wall tag, notice that there is a connection between each group of four words. (Note: I never would have gotten this without QuantumTwinkie's answer, so this is a true tag team effort.) DUO, IRON, LINKS, ROCK ICE, LED, METAL, TIC DRILL, PI, WIN, WOO BRA, IGNITE, LOOM, RUBBISH AIR, DUST, GO, PAT ...


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Now Complete Answer The first thing to notice is: To represent the solution: The first steps: Moving on: At this point: Using the funky square: Some more funky square logic: Some perspective after sleep: One final logical step:


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It could really be as simple as But it definitely seems very simple. I get the feeling we're missing a lot of context.


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which spells out


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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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Partial: Criss Cross and Three to one solved (There are three letters missing to the right of ‘Three to one’ that I can’t yet place without solving the bottom right area) Three to one: Criss cross: However I know that Deus has all four parts and is looking at the next steps so I expect this to become obsolete :) Still very fun to solve!!! Edit: congrats ...


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DUO, IRON, LINKS, ROCK ICE, LED, METAL, TIC DRILL, PI, WIN, WOO BRA, IGNITE, LOOM, RUBBISH AIR, DUST, GO, PAT AUDI, AURA, MEOW, SPEW GRIMM, HOOT, MUD, TAIL ASK, BELL, CATER, MEDIC BLITZ, CRUST, PLUS, SQUIRT CHERUB, SEE, SHIN, STEEL A, LAUNCHER, NON, NOONE, NUN, PURR, TUN, TWO, WEED, WORM That means,


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You, the self-critical author, think this puzzle is As Biocryptics P3 of emanate C6 of maniac F5 of paroled O4 of throne G11 of seashore P7 of raptor The answer is Chemicryptics Ringtone followed by an umberlily A burly lime precedes a foul rein A grin note A con bar with eg. Onyx Put together we have Physicryptics A Gerbil OBE is French ...


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I think the answer is: The logic: Then:


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This is my first time using this site so bear with me if I don't know what I'm doing. Answered this but it was deleted? So I'll try again.


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Before starting off, I just want to state that I don't know the proper formatting, so the answer might be downvoted. Also, I might be pulling at straws for the most part, because I am just an engineering student trying to apply his brain at some puzzles, but here goes nothing- My first guess is that all (or at least some) alphabets have a number associated ...


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Since there are surprisingly few two-player games with dice and black and white pieces, I think they were playing In this game, the highest roll is This should give the cheater a landslide victory over a random player. However, even a little strategy goes a long way against such a single-minded cheat: by rolling, say 1 and 6, the cheater's two farthest-...


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Okay, let's take this step by step. Because what we have here is a type of treasure hunt (as per the title) more commonly known as: Step 1: The diagram at the bottom of the puzzle depicts: How do we know what to do with this? Note that: Step 2: What do we find here? Another treasure hunt puzzle! So let's solve it... Step 3: Another clue! How to solve ...


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Hoping that this 'simple idea' is not too simple... You need to meet him at: Why?


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Partial Answer Continuing from Beastly Gerbil's Answer: Decrypting Gives: These seem to be: Strangely:


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His account name is


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Some things that appear not to work Normally posting answers that merely try things and fail is frowned on around here, but in this case I'm making an exception, since it's been a few days and the question has been bountied -- and also because the things I've tried seem to be very much the sorts of things the question hints at, and it feels like I've tried ...


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Here some of an attempt heavily inspired by other posts I number the lines of the poem (1)Some see de earth vill end times four, (2)Some see de t'rice. (3)From vot I've tasted of de four times, (4)I and zose who know for whom it vas. (5)But if I must perish twice ... (6)I am enough of 'ate (7)To see zat it is for destruction (8)Zat de ozzer is really won. (9)...


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Solution for the padlock:


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Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests match this description. The name includes "programming" but does not require it: You can enter whether you use a computer, manual calculations, or tea leaves to solve the problems. You send me solutions, not programs. The current contest ends on July 18.


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Observation So perhaps what gives him joy and makes him a little crazy is This is supported by


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taking we see that Finally, And so, I believe this why your brother equates it.


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Partial Answer:


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Here's my attempt! Some see de earth vill end times four, Some see de t'rice. From vot I've tasted of de four times, I and zose who know for whom it vas. But if I must perish twice ... I am enough of 'ate To see zat it is for destruction Zat de ozzer is really won. Now, vhich is vorth most?


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Building on msh210's excellent answer, here's my conclusion:


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