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Assuming the contestants respond by stating the word, spelling the word, and then stating the word again:


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The word could be something like Some other possibilities


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I think the intended answer might be: That said, I think Rand's and Deus's answers are better and more creative.


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One possibility is because the speller would have said Another possibility is because the speller would have said Another possibility, which only works in certain types of English: because the speller would have said


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The word... ... is in the dictionary. Following the spelling-bee rule that one must repeat the word after it has been spelt, she would have to say Which would sound like... Another dictionary word where this would work is:


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The five pairs are all These show the relationships Another one in this group


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These are all The pairings are


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The answer is: Because each line represents: 75 Wathd,tsshtf 74 M,m,aWNds 77 Tcfffa,nIuts 76 O,ycd,ycj 80 Yh,ys,ys 73 Edinmohwtto One final step:


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This may provide a solution 8 times a day Bent 97 of the cent useless It saves you from death but you can also die within it Might cause a war


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Although this already has an accepted answer, a word which could give a similar effect is This is due to the manner in which the word is pronounced - that is to say So, the contestant's answer would be Or, phonetically:


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Partial answer Posting this as a partial because I don't have time to devote half enough time to the wonderful array of clues provided, but I think the secret is Take for example: EDGBASTON: Comes up to a place near the M5, south of Eastington. If you actually want Edgbaston, keyword STODGY will get you there, specifically to the golf course. keyword STODGY ...


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The answer is


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Alternative answer


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As @TruVortex_07 identified for line one, these are all The first column represents And the second column (after the ->) represents For example


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Complete answer To continue on from @Phylyp's work - they were first to realise the encoding mechanism for the message: Using a very manual approach to the decoding, assisted by some Excel formulae which allowed me to keep tabs on the current possibilities for each letter, I have now fully decoded the initial message (punctuation mine): What next? Note ...


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Before you read my solution, I want to say that it's my first time solving any riddle. I don't know how rambling my thoughts are. Even thought there are many clues I couldn't relate to anything (like the third one), I wanted to give it a try. It's also my first time here, so I don't know what's the etiquette for answering. I do not intend to disrespect the ...


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Partial answer - general mechanism uncovered, precise final answer so far elusive... Consider the two parts to this puzzle together. We have (i) a coded 'itinerary' comprising a list of seemingly nonsensical symbols, and (ii) a list of 'book recommendations' without a single book title in sight... Note first then that the list of 'recommendations' actually: ...


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Maybe an answer? I'm not sure how this applies to #4 or #5, but it works reasonably well for 1, 2, and 3. 8 times a day Bent 97 of the cent useless. Again, not sure how this could work for #4 or #5. I'll have to think on it.


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One of the answers are:


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I might have an answer for the first line: As for the full explanation, see Daniel C's answer!


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