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A hot new vow
(Thanks to f'' for the help in chat! He solved the majority of this puzzle - I just came in at the end.)
Step 1: Crossword
The crossword was solved by feelinferrety, Z. Dailey, and Sleafar:
Step 2: NOTHEX
Step 3: Using The Key
you get a message for all four paragraphs:
Step 4: Following Directions
Step 5: The Image
Step 6: Interpreting Everything
After a period of thought, you approach the door triumphantly in order to type in
as the keycode.
As you do so, you recall the reasoning that led you to this conclusion. Putting together the torn sticker, you saw a number of strange symbols in a gridlike shape. Fortunately for you, a calling card was left on the scene, describing the working mechanism of ...
Her name is
Her phone number is
The translated message is:
Which, converted to plain text is:
The result above
Translating this, we get:
These are the
Which spells out the following:
Which are the
Giving us her phone number:
Which, pop-culture tells us belongs to:
I noticed that four of the nodes of the graph have a quarter missing, and each of those four is missing a different quarter.
Though many people might convert these numbers into letters starting with A=1, this would result in the nonsense word "mddckd". All C programmers know that we should start with A=0, which means the numbers convert to "...
More partial answer, work in progress:
As noted in Rupert Morrish's answer:
So if we decode the cipher text found above using that cipher and key, we get:
So if we ROT-13 the remaining still-encrypted part, we get:
And.. I'm not sure where to go from there. If I was forced to give an answer right now, I'd guess that
...and that's as far ...
To elaborate, ASCII is a standardized representation of text which assigns a numeric value to 128 different characters.
The RGB color space is an additive color model where we mix red, green, and blue in different proportions (in this case, as fractions of 255) to make any color we desire. These mixtures are commonly written in the form #...
What you're missing here is the chance of playing at all, given that the game ends when someone finds the prize. (or, chance of finding a prize goes to 0, which is the same thing)
Person 1 has a 100/100 chance of playing, and a 1/100 chance of winning.
Person 2 has a 99/100 chance of playing, and a 1/99 chance of winning.
Person 3 has a 98/100 chance of ...
The answer is
as pointed out,
Added info: To get the answer:
OP edit: here's a gif that might help visualise the above explanation:
Also note that the clue poem states:
Brilliant puzzle - used to love these kinds of tricks in D+D.
The message for the SE Admins is:
This can be found by looking at something hidden in the answers to each of the clues:
Albertan politician who succeeded Lucien Maynard (6, 7)
Approved for passport authorization (6)
Famous stage direction from The Winter's Tale (4, 7, 2, 1, 4)
Method of hiding messages undetected inside images, audio, or text (13)