Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now

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I'm taking a pitch it was From these letters

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Take the descriptions of the bottles, So, to follow that new instruction: A list of all of the other messages in the puzzle, useful or not: The bottles: Following the first instruction from the bottles: Following the second instruction from the bottles: The symbols: The beverage descriptions:

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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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First, the numbers: Next, we use the emoji: And finally, we use both parts of the data we've gathered so far. Solving that puzzle, and getting a final answer:

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The answer to the question of life is: The word can be found by

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Yes, literally, nobody can solve this puzzle. While every answer might get upvotes, nobody's answer will be accepted. Nobody gets the green check. In this sense, the puzzle is fair to everyone.

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The rule is: The full answer table is given below. The black & bold ones were already filled-up in the question :

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As Mariia mentioned in her answer above, this is indeed By guessing that Now, some logic and educated guesses help narrow down the moves: Now let's see the letters that we'll need: Continuing on like this, all moves are forced to go in one specific place, until the solution is reached:

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Alas, it takes more labor to dig deeper into this beautiful puzzle than I can do in the next 6 hours, and by that time some hero will certainly behead it :-)

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Partial currently:

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P.S.:

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Very partial answer/ideas: I’ve made very little progress so far, but they’re too long to put in a comment. The note can be deciphered by This gives us the following text: From here, I believe we have to

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We were unable to solve this puzzle, so our colleague who made this puzzle gave us the answer. The answer is

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I think the sport is: Reason:

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The top line gives a hint for what to do: The answers to each clue: Rearranging the answers to each clue

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Partial I believe the phrases clue $\mathfrak{\text{rosin control}}$ $\mathfrak{\text{escape talk}}$ $\mathfrak{\text{spray heart}}$ $\mathfrak{\text{smallest direction}}$ $\mathfrak{\text{unpleasant garbage}}$ Then, perhaps we

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The Correct Answer was Explanation However, I think this is a very poor answer. Were I the setter of the question, I would treat the + as an unknown operator. A more reasonable answer than the "correct one" would be: Try Explanation: Tens digit Units digit

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The colors can be decoded

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Partial answer and red herring to follow on Omega Krypton's work: If you the resulting message is And here's an image (I washed out the original image a bit, there's a lot of color going on.

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Disclaimer Not sure if this answer should be here, asking in meta. Please comment before downvoting. Thank you for your cooperation Some false paths and breakthroughs: Azul can be either or

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The symbols look like but decoded it spells TIS A RED HERRING but it's a clue to the steganography: It says which translates to

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A serious attempt at trying to solve this - maybe Here’s the reference if you don’t know it immediately:

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Partial:

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Partial Answer, more like initial analysis really... Hint #2 says to focus on where the capital letters are. In the first two stanzas there is unusual capitalization. I believe it is a pattern of zeroes and ones meant to be binary. The fourth stanza says "As the first is one". Starting with 1 and continuing word to word, ignoring new lines I got: ...

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This is just to throw a wrench in the plans. What happens when there are two (or more) 'Nobody' who answer

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Partial answer So, from the hints we know that We see that Then There my personal knowledge is quite limited but here's my first draft :

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Here's an attempt to tie this up... As already established, the clues here refer to: rosin control escape talk current bond (formerly 'spray heart') smallest direction unpleasant garbage (or 'strict code' in hints) Taking the 'unshared' letters from each pair suggests a solution of:

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His birthday is: Because

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The title says "It's his birthday!"

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