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The Witch's Epigraph: Prologue


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#31 plainglazed

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 07:38 PM

Spoiler for that makes sense

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 07:58 PM

Spoiler for that makes sense


bah! i JUST made that connection, then came and saw this post...
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:27 AM

(Apologies for the delayed response. I wanted to write the next puzzles in their entirety before posting this update. If you're having trouble reading the first post, please use this link: http://brainden.com/...e-1/page__st__0)

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Meet the Pieces (Part Two of Many)

Louis Vuitton Ford-Seaton


Age: 30


Profession: Lounger and dilettante, or so he claims.


Quote: "Call me L. V. What does it stand for? So awesome you asked! It stands for 'Lovin' Volcano.'"


Background: As the heir to the Ford-Seaton fortune, L. V. has never had to work a day in his life - though he must have some other source of income, given the sheer amount of money he burns jetting around the world. Sandy-haired and flirtatious, L. V. sounds and acts the part of a stoned surf bum.


Don't be fooled. He's a member of the Club in excellent standing for good reason.


Random Fact: Won a Forensic DNA Analysis championship.


Sample Riddle:


L. V. places a Diamond Express credit card on a table and waves over a few guests. "Well, I say!" he says in an ironically bad British accent, "This plastic rectangle reminds me of a puzzle. Okay, okay, I'll cut the accent. How many credit cards can you lay flat on top of it without letting 'em overlap each other? Here are the rules.


Numero uno: They're all 3.4 by 2.1 inch standard-size credit cards.


Numero dos: To count as being 'on top' of the Diamond Express, a card has to, like, cover up at least a little bit of it.


Numero tres: The cards you put down can't overlap each other, and they gotta be sitting flat. No making some kinda wacky pyramid dealio.

Come on, dudes and dudettes! How many can you fit?"

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Answer Key for the First Safe


The sheet of paper with Ocean's profile had been hidden in the mouth of a gargoyle at the right side of the front door; its riddle fell swiftly. The answer was, indeed, a reference to the very first words the guests saw.


But that was little more than a distraction compared to the first safe. As its opener, Ocean was given the honor of unsealing the envelope inside. It contained a sheet of paper with two stories, the very sheet you are reading now. She read over it with some confusion. Why did the other story say that the beach bum did it? That was totally false! His answer was ridiculous - what did his mother have to do with the safe?


Her answer, in contrast, had been entirely well-grounded. She started by solving the Morse code on the page (which matched the flickering lights in the men's room), giving her a list of colors. She then matched the colors to the asterisks on the page, and found that their first letters spelled out the answer.


Ignoring the story below, she read the account aloud, then followed the instructions it gave to proceed to the Foyer of the Club. It was time for their challenge to begin in earnest.

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The sheet of paper with L.V.'s profile had been hidden in the mouth of a gargoyle at the left side of the front door, and posed one of L. V.'s favorite party riddles. As the opener of the first safe, L. V. was given the honor of unsealing the envelope inside. It contained a sheet of paper with two stories, the very sheet you are reading now. He read both stories aloud, not even blinking when it began with a bogus account of how Ocean had been the first to open the safe. Why would Dad make the answer to one of his puzzles a word like that? It was almost like saying, "Hey, guys, my riddles make no sense!"

Hey, at least they got it right in the second story! His answers were way better. Everybody in the Club knew him and Dad, and it was obvious that he was going to inherit everything, right? So of course the riddles were meant for him. It's not as if this story were being shown to strangers. They wouldn't have a chance.

No way they'd guess the year Mom met Dad - two years before he was born - or her name.

Still... weird that the writer knew that either he or Ocean was gonna solve the first safe, though. Shrugging and ignoring that story above, he led the rest of the guests to the Foyer, following the instructions on the page. He'd solve the puzzle below later.

A Clue Towards L. V.'s Answer


DALMERE NEGRE

TEFASY GARONE

QUESORITU

PALO

ONNE RENGE

GANBERIUE


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The sheets of paper end here, for now.


Did you solve all of the riddles in this thread? Are you sure? There are always more riddles. For example, did you notice the hidden words in the Sphinx's Decalogue, found by taking one letter from each Commandment? It's a trifle, but worth considering.

If you are confused by that last story, perhaps it will become clear in the next thread.



Signed,

The Witch of Doubt


Edited by WitchOfDoubt, 30 December 2011 - 09:37 AM.

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#34 WitchOfDoubt

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:38 AM

(Apologies for the bizarre spacing above. This board kills my formatting, both in Firefox and in Chrome, then doesn't allow me to fix it. Oh well.)
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 05:32 PM

Spoiler for Some stuff

Edited by Molly Mae, 30 December 2011 - 05:36 PM.

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A recipe for honey-pickled apples


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Posted 30 December 2011 - 08:14 PM

Spoiler for From the decalogue..

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A recipe for honey-pickled apples


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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:16 PM

Spoiler for topping the Diamond Card

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:12 PM

(Molly Mae:

Spoiler for Well done!


Plainglazed:

Spoiler for Well done!


Good work!)

The last major riddle of this thread remains uncracked, however. What were L. V.'s answers to the safe puzzle?
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:51 PM

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 12:02 AM

(Halfway there. Now all that's needed is the 9-letter combo...)
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