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Clarification for @Jan Ivan answer n°2

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1) 2) - is green surely correct solution? 3) 4) 5)

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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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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 answer is: How we get this:

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P.S.:

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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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If "a+b=c" then if one of them is a prime then c=10b+a , if both are primes then c=a^2*b^2 Sorry for this..:)

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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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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 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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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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Partial currently: Update:

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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 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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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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Is your friend part Japanese? Because it appears that Some places where he does this (there may be some I missed): Thus, I believe the key that opens your friend’s condo is

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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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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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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: The next step needed heavy hinting for me to find it: Unused information [hinted to be a clue to the step I did first]:

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I'm taking a pitch it was From these letters

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I think the sport is: Reason:

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

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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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The birthday is on

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His birthday is: Because

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His birthday is: Because:

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Here's the correct solution, coloured so it's easy to see! I forgot to do progressive hints. :(

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The title says "It's his birthday!"

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Partial Answer: - unpleasant garbage Final Word:

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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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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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What is wrong in the image: Observations: why?

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