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The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks


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#21 Morningstar

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 11:46 PM

^ Good point. I think the alchemy is relavent, because otherwise it's just too much of a coincidence. Why would it be included if it wasn't relavent?
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#22 Molly Mae

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 11:56 PM

^ Good point. I think the alchemy is relavent, because otherwise it's just too much of a coincidence. Why would it be included if it wasn't relavent?

I wouldn't put a red herring past WoD, but I do agree that the transformation might be important somehow.

I'll wait to hear from WoD before posting my next big thought on where the key might be hidden.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:14 AM

I wouldn't put a red herring past WoD

Neither would I, but we should look into it.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:14 AM

Don't give him any ideas. :)
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:15 AM

Yay, I'm now officially an "advanced member"! :)
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:01 AM

not much to add but wanted to echo Mo Ma's kudos and thanks to WOD and also welcome him back. new years and birth days back to back? epic as well I hope.

thinking maybe the chemical abbreviations (au,ga,ga,ag,cu,au,ga,au,ga) might be used in solving the string riddle but have not gotten anywhere with them. Electrum is the only thing i've found that maybe contains all four elements but dont see how that might relate to a toy or model train thingie where some kind of key could be. cant help but to keep at it. most intriguing.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:36 AM

This was so awesome, I created an account just to post on it. Anyway, the key is in
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I'm still not sure about the second part; I'm not quite sure if the colors are significant at all.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:41 AM

Wow, sea, and welcome to the Den! Hope you like it!
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#29 WitchOfDoubt

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:26 AM

(Thank you all for the encouraging words!)

Prior to the opening of the safe:

Mark was a thorough boy, and clever at that. "It could be lots of steps," he said, confidently. "You can jump up to the 38th step or down to it."

"You should look," said Kenichi. "How many steps does the staircase have?"

"Oh." Mark promptly corrected his answer, and presented the three numbers with pride. Meanwhile, the other guests had gotten significantly further in finding the location of the key. L. V. seemed to have an advantage on the final step, owing to his experience with DNA, but there was someone even more prepared to tackle the final translation than him. Professor Otto Rinaldi, fruit fly geneticist and meddler, had all 64 codons memorized.

"Look," he said, his voice calm, but with the slight quaver of age, "The proteins that run our cells, they're all made by translating mRNA. The mRNA gets translated in groups of three "letters." We call those groups codons. First codon's always AUG, the start codon. Every time a codon gets read, a new amino acid gets put on the protein.

This codes for methionine, arginine, serine, tyrosine, glutamate... we abbreviate those MRSYE."

But the toys Mrs. Ye was watching over were a motley assortment of knickknacks and playthings, and they could hardly expect to break open every one. Surely there was a final clue in that sequence to help them narrow it down further!

Kenichi squinted at the explanation that Otto had written on paper. "That's 5 amino acids. 3 letters each. But we had 9 elements, 2 letters each. Doesn't "MRSYE" leave us short?"

"No, no, no," said Otto, "that's not how it works. See, the last codon, UGA..."

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Otto Rinaldi

Age: 71

Profession: Professor emeritus


Quote:"I like it when they put up 'Do Not Enter' signs. They tell me where the interesting things are."


Background: A fruit fly geneticist of considerable renown, Professor Rinaldi was born in Florence, Italy, amid the tumult of World War II. He never knew his father, who died when his submarine was destroyed by Allied forces, but his family managed to escape with enough of their fortune to establish themselves after the war. Perpetually curious, Otto worked his way through university and become a classical geneticist, an expert on both fruit fly development and practical jokes. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing the flute, and painting.


Sample riddle: Shortly before one of the Club's sumptuous dinners, Otto was snooping around the back halls, when he heard Jaime LaSalle, the chef, muttering to himself. "Coulda sworn I bought five loaves," Jaime was saying. "We've got five tables and need one each... shoot! Better tell Celia."


As LaSalle left, Dr. Rinaldi slipped in behind him, washed his hands, then worked quickly and dextrously with the bread and a kitchen knife. When he was done, he absently picked up an end piece, gnawing on it as he left.


Upon returning, LaSalle was perplexed to find the bread in the following arrangement:


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It appeared to be five loaves, give or take a little bit here and there, but how many loaves did the chef have before Otto's meddling?


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(Molly Mae's answer to the safe puzzle will be addressed once the key has been found!)


Edited by WitchOfDoubt, 04 January 2012 - 07:31 AM.

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#30 TheChad

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:58 AM

One again the loaf one is really easy (in my opinion)
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