Best Answer Pickett, 18 July 2013 - 04:27 PM

Spoiler for HAHA...Ungraceful ungulate...

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that would be a GNU....

So there we go...that's the "cryptic clue, of an ungraceful ungulate"...

So there we go...that's the "cryptic clue, of an ungraceful ungulate"...

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produce a cryptic clue at first, of an ungraceful ungulate

**GNU**

order words alphabetically.

**When you get all 5 words, put them in alphabetical order**

keep putting in red herrings to pad out the puzzle even when there

are only about five things you've got to find

**5 words/letters you're looking for**

endlessly drone on with reams of boring text where it is impossible to

tell what's suppose to be the puzzle and what's supposed to be a

clue and what is in there because someone is utterly determned to

have a big rant about something they dislike and half the time they

haven't spellchecked the blasted thig so you don't know whether the

mistakes are deliberate or not, until they release errata one hour

into the competition by which point some smart alec has solved it

because it's able to be reverse engineered from the metapuzzle

**3 misspelled words in this paragraph (missing a letter each)...gives us DIN**

randomly reorder instructions so the puzzle isn't trivial

**Self-explanatory**

have a set of words with 'precisely' the same length

**All words will be the same length...3 letters...**

initially spell out a clue.

**First letter spells out pokerhighcard...which is ACE**

generate a word by joining the dots, relying on a fiXed width font

**As stated above, this gives us JOT**

hide words, using capital letters

**Gives us FOX**

convert letters to numbers,

**Convert the 3-letter words to number sequences**

and convert numbers to letters

**Once you're done with the below clue, convert back to a letter**

require you to generate numbers from patterns in number sequences even

though the sample size is too small and it would be totally logical

to work out the next number but for some arbitrary reason you have to

calculate the difference.

**Explained in my last post...take difference between the letters instead of the next logical letter...**

demand that you solve all the first stage clues even when one of

them is much harder than the others and the answer is short cuttable

using other parts anyway.

**Not completely sure what the short cut would be...**

Using all of the things in bold above, we have:

ACE = B

DIN = E

FOX = I

GNU = G

JOT = E

The answer is BEIGE.