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


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#41 Wilson

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:42 PM

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:38 AM

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 02:25 AM

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:40 AM

Both Professor Rinaldi and Dr. Tressler's puzzles were resolved nearly as soon as they were read off of their respective pages. However, while the guests were retrieving the records from the box, two more slips of paper fluttered out - introductions to Walter Sexton and Batsheva Ellis.

"Why," wondered Ocean aloud, "do these pages refer to us as 'pieces?' Pieces of a puzzle, perhaps? Or chess pieces?" But no answer was forthcoming.

As she said this, Ms. Ellis had already hit on one of the songs that the safe was referring to. It was one of her favorites, reassuring and life-affirming. Nat Foreman, an actor and poet, found the other, revealing a hitherto unsuspected knowledge of 50's pop that Batsheva would probably tease him about for years. All in all, the lock was almost too easy. Were all of the other records truly red herrings?

But when they played both records on the phonograph in succession, the safe door didn't budge. Instead, the microphone in the door crackled to life.

"A Century of American Music," it intoned, in a sexless voice filtered to a state of unrecognizability. Hurrying over to the bookshelf, Ms. Ellis pulled down the volume in question and paged through it rapidly until an index card fell out. The card read:

Turnabout is fairplay?


AT IF BS PG OT

(5 x 5, no Q)


Hardly an original cipher! This would be trivial for a group so skilled in cryptography.
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Meet the Pieces

(Part 6 of Many)

Walter Sexton
Age: 54
Profession: Patent Attorney

Quote: "I never said that young people are dense as a rule. Some of the brightest minds I know are young! But the bright young people are all silly, and the sensible ones are all dense. Youth, intelligence, good sense - choose two."

Background: Raised in Oxford, sole son of a Latin professor and a nurse, Walter Sexton always seemed older than he really was. As he matured from a dour and cynical child to a moody teenager, his parents prophesied that he should be an old man by the age of twenty. This was true, in a sense. But with his keen mind for precedent and legal argument, he found a career in patent law that gave even him little cause for complaint. As the years went by and he had a little more time for his own pursuits, he mastered the construction of crosswords in the cryptic British tradition. Ever traditional in his tastes, a lover of illuminated manuscripts and fishtail lamps, Sexton is unlikely to be amused by the strange and wild turns that this story shall soon take.

Sample Puzzle: While reading in the Club, Sexton was asked to construct a tutorial for new Club members on how these puzzles worked. With a show of grouchy reluctance, he set to work.

"We begin with the types of clues," he wrote. "The most common type of clue consists of an answer expressed two ways. In the beginning or the end of the clue, the answer is defined. In the remainder, the answer is expressed through wordplay. The number of letters in the answer will usually be given in parentheses...

Tutorial:


Spoiler for Guests who already knew how to solve cryptic crosswords skipped this, leaving it for beginners who truly needed the practice.


Learning these tricks would soon prove critical.
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#46 WitchOfDoubt

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:10 AM

(Correction to above post: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is 1960's pop, not 1950's pop. Oops.)

(Thalia: As it happens, "Na, na na, na na na na, na na na na, Hey Jude" is repeated 17 times, with an extra half or so left over. That this gives us NaCl is a cool coincidence, but nothing more than that.)

(Everyone: I apologize if some of these puzzles have a 'filler-y' quality to them, but I'm focusing on establishing themes, teaching some rules/methods of solving, introducing characters, and keeping the game moving while I prepare for a few key later puzzles, including the nightmare of puzzle writing that is the Epigraph itself.)
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:09 PM

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:51 PM


Turnabout is fairplay?


AT IF BS PG OT

(5 x 5, no Q)


Hardly an original cipher! This would be trivial for a group so skilled in cryptography.


Might this have something to do with the Playfair cipher? Probably not, but you never know...
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The cake is a lie.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 02:23 AM

Might this have something to do with the Playfair cipher? Probably not, but you never know...

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#50 SeaCalMaster

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 03:43 AM

Found something!
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