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You can see from clue 4 that there are no 7, 3, or 8. You can see from clue 5 that there is a 0 in either the first or second slot, and from clue 3 that it must be in the first slot. That means the code is [0][?][?]. 6 cannot be the correct number from clue 1, since it would have to be in the wrong position for clue 2. We already know 8 is incorrect, so 2 ...


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The code is: Explanations: One number is correct and is also correctly placed: One number is correct but wrongly placed: Two numbers are correct and wrongly placed: Nothing is correct: One number is correct but wrongly placed: Approach/Thought Process Chosen 682 - One number is correct and well placed 614 - One number is correct but wrong placed ...


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My solution: Clues 1 & 2 say number 6 is not included as it cannot be in both the wrong and the right place at the same time Clue 3 then says 2 and 0 are included Clue 1 then says 2 must be in the last position Clue 3 then says 0 must be in the first position Clue 2 then has 1 & 4 as possible values, but only 4 is not in the middle position 042, ...


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You can do it with $2N$ locks. Make one chain $123...N$. If we see $123...p$ on the wall, we know the artifact was taken by $p$ or $p+1$. Make another chain $246...N13...(N-1)$. Added: you can do it with $N+3$ locks. Make the $123...N$ chain as above. Then make a three lock chain. Give a key to the first lock to every even number, a key to the last ...


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From the first clue, From the fourth clue, Hence there must be Now by the third clue, the code must contain By the second clue, the code contains As it turns out,


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Partial answer:


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The puzzle is broken. You can find it at project-archive.net. Looking at the Javascript code, the solution changes every time the page is loaded, but the tips are the same.


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Before reading this answer, please go and upvote the answer by M Oehm. He deserves most of the credit. After days of frustration and pulling off your hair, you find a strange pattern in the Coda. Indeed, it is a Following this pattern, you observe the rest of the paragraphs in this fantasy story and find that 'Why didn't I figure this out earlier?' You ...


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You briskly step up to the keypad and type: From previous adventurers' lives (er, answers) we know that ... Now, some observations:


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I really enjoyed this Here is how I deduced this: I started off with clue #4 (nothing is correct). Knowing this, I moved onto clue #5 (one number is correct but wrong placed) We now look at clue #3 (two are correct but wrong placed). Now if we look at clues #1 and #2. Clue #1 states that one number is correct and correctly placed, and clue #2 states ...


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First time trying to answer a puzzle on here, so this is probably way too basic, but I wanted to give it a shot. Answer: Reasoning:


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I'm not sure of the intended complexity of this puzzle, so I'll just go with an answer that is super topical. I'm positive someone else can solve it if I'm wrong. Anyway, the code is: 1st number: 2nd 3rd 4th Now, here are the reasons I might be wrong: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th I'm honestly not sure which way this puzzle should be solved. Someone could ...


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Solution for the padlock:


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Because we want to choose 5 of 10 digits, there will be $${10 \choose 5} = \frac{10!}{5!5!} = 252$$ possibilities. Now the fun part is how do we do the bruteforce? To minimize the time taken, we can arrange the combinations in such a way that the different digit between each two combinations is only 1 (e.g. after 01234 then can be 01235 or 91234.) Using ...


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I think you would And after you do this


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Well, googling "slide puzzle lock" give me the following first hit, so it really isn't hard to find: http://www.instructables.com/id/Mysterious-Sliding-Tile-Secret-Compartment-Table/ This seems to be a step by step guide to make a table with a compartment locked by sliding tile puzzle. I haven't really examined it thoroughly but it seems to work by having ...


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Really nice. Didn't know puzzling.se exists... So my solution is: Because: and and Again line 2 All together:


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There's multiple contradictions in the puzzle as presented: Between them, 16374 and 50928 represent all ten digits. The first has one correct number, but in the wrong position. The second has two correct, one in the wrong position. So out of all possible digits, only 3 are correct. Yet we're later told none are repeated. So as it stands this appears ...


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I think the answer should be: This is based on number of persons active & contributed in conversaion of each paragraph. In the first paragraph, In the second paragraph, In the third paragraph, In the fourth paragraph, It might correct or help others.


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I focused on the quote "He is more important to us now that he is gone." Each paragraph refers to something missing. I doubled the first number to use each digit, although maybe that was unnecessary. There's also the possibility we count Ragnor missing in the third paragraph but it didn't feel right. 4321 or 2321 if I don't double 2 / 4 Two missing list ...


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All of the answers so far assume that for some reason mastermind rules apply to this puzzle. The tag mastermind was added a couple of days ago. Of course you need to make some assumptions to solve this puzzle, I will assume the puzzle is using base ten among other things, but I will not assume that mastermind's rules apply. Only thing that is relevant are ...


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I have no idea if something like this would work, but


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Well thirst comes first, so I initially consider expanding the glass with heat, but then I have a much safer idea: But how do you pick a lock with a bent skewer? While I wait, I enjoy some much needed hydration by the fireplace. When my tool is ready, I pick the lock, and brace myself for the next challenge.


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SteveV's answer is looking promising. Alternatively...


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To get to the next room, you...


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I too have one of these locks. But after going the all possible 4 digit combinations I was unable to get it open. The lock can be disassembled while still locked. By tapping on the backs of the pins, the front panel will come off. Once the is apart, you'll notice there is a slight difference in the position on the notch on 4 of the 10 pins. This is how I ...


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Let's try something : Answer : Reasoning : 1st : 2nd : 3rd : 4th : More :


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I will take a stab at this one. This is my first answer for a puzzle so it will probably be incorrect. And... And further... Then: So...I submit that the answer is: Edit: If the Wizard is included in the guess then the answer would be:


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The number could be Here the explanation goes: In the first paragraph, In the second paragraph, In the third paragraph, In the last paragraph, Hope this helps !


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