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The Witch's Epigraph: Prologue

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Nice puzzle WitchOfDoubt

figured vinays84 had the second key. also, just from the interpretation of the asterisks. there must be something logical to the off-colored letters. had been working with anagrams. lots of potential/appropriate words including "umeniko" and now "sense" seems to be likely if an anagram it is. as for this one, think maybe "commandment" as in the ten and is written with nine letters. still feel am missing something else re the second key to the first part.

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my answers are:

1 / 2711

2/ the word " asterisks"

3/ commandments

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Decalogue

9 letters long, another name for the 10 commandments, the first tablets where broken by Moses and then re-written by God.

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Lock #1 = 2711

Lock #2 = limegreen

Alternate guess for Lock #2 = greenroom

Anyway, I'm pretty sure it has something to do with green... or 'lime'

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I was going to edit my last post, but I got to it too late.

Lock #1 = 2711

Lock #2 = limegreen

Alternate guess for Lock #2 = greenroom

Anyway, I'm pretty sure it has something to do with green... or 'lime'

I wanted to offer my explanation

The letters that are a different color, when considered with the letters that are normal represent morse code. When I translate the code, I find the following:

AZURECYANLIMEINDIGO

Of the 4 colors indicated, Azure, Cyan, Lime and Indigo, only 1 is not blue. Being that it doesnt fit, I keyed in on LIME (a shade of green). LIMEGREEN has 9 letters as indicated on the digital display, therefore, it is my guess.

The greenroom guess is just because of the indication that part of a previous guess was partially right (restroom/toilet).

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very nice catch re the Morse code revatheist! now naming the colors of the asterisks - Indigo, Lime, Lime, Orange, Green, Indigo, Cyan, Azure, Lime of which the first letters spell ILLOGICAL - the nine letter key to the second part of the first safe. Also like BobbyGo's go at this last part. Seems like it may be a better fit overall.

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very nice catch re the Morse code revatheist! now naming the colors of the asterisks - Indigo, Lime, Lime, Orange, Green, Indigo, Cyan, Azure, Lime of which the first letters spell ILLOGICAL - the nine letter key to the second part of the first safe. Also like BobbyGo's go at this last part. Seems like it may be a better fit to an overall theme.

bah! i JUST made that connection, then came and saw this post...

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(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:)

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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

=====================================================================================================================

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

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(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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Cards stacked = 6 for lying flat. I can't get a seventh in my head.

The clues are colours.

DALMERE NEGRE = Emerald Green

TEFASY GARONE = Safety Orange

QUESORITU = Turquoise

PALO = Opal

ONNE RENGE = Neon Green

GANBERIUE = Aubergine

@WoD: Should I be using PHOE to find Truth? =P

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Answers are...

The pattern ends or shifts from there.

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think it can be done with eight -

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(Molly Mae:

Those anagrams are absolutely correct! Nope, you shouldn't be using any arrangement of the letters in HOPE. There's a more direct use of the colors that goes back to the first post.

Well done on finding the hidden words in the Decalogue. This clue may come in handy later.

Plainglazed:

Here's an alternative solution:

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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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L.V.'s number = 1979.

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

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L.V.'s number = 1979.

I'm missing a lot, I think. How do you know?

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think it's when L. V.'s parents met: 2011-(30+2). as to his mom's name... ???

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Hint:

How did we find the first answer to the letter combo? Do we have any new information that could lead us a different answer?

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Ann Seaton would be L V.'s mother's name prior to being known as the Saphire Witch

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(Congratulations! The riddles of the first thread have been solved. You have unlocked the first Witch's Banquet.)

Banquet of the Prologue

A figure in a blue riding cloak gently laid a hand on the Club's front door. Though it had surely been locked, it opened before the magic of the Sapphire Witch in an instant. Passing by the newly installed ticket booth, through the foyer, and finally into the study, the Witch opened a door and was greeted at once by Dudeney, ever the loyal butler.

"Annabel. It has been some time. I trust you're well?" said Dudeney. In truth, ten years had gone by since the day of the inheritance challenge and the ruinous scandal that followed. All the same, Dudeney would ever be the Witch's friend.

Dudeney was one of the Witch's first Animates, imbued with human personality and character by the power of magic. Old-fashioned, perhaps, but he would always have a place in Annabel's heart. "As well as could be expected!" said the Witch. "And yourself?"

"Alas! Nobody has fed me for years. Still, it is to be, as you say, expected," replied Dudeney. Though the portly, squat little fellow still bore himself with dignity, his outer vestments showed signs of neglect. The black ribbon he wore was faded and worn, and half of the buttons at his breast had their sigils worn off. "In the year 2021, it is a miracle that I even exist at all. I shan't complain if I'm given few opportunities to serve. My joints are creaky with age."

"Ha! Rejoice, old friend!" said the Witch, laughing. "Tonight, you shall have a banquet, for our mystery is being re-opened! Come, let us begin - just like old times. You can take down my dictation while you eat."

And so the butler feasted through the night with a clashing of teeth and clattering of utensils.

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Answers are...

The pattern ends or shifts from there.

"the pattern ends or shifts from there"

That's all that's showing up.

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Morningstar: An answer is present in that post by Molly Mae, but it is not "the pattern ends or shifts from there." It is an incomplete phrase and doesn't directly relate to the lock - though it will be a clue later on.

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All I see in her spoiler is the following:

Answers are...

The pattern ends or shifts from there.

Is there something missing?

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(There are many riddles in this thread, one of which is hidden message in the Sphinx's Decalogue. This is what Molly Mae solved. The solution is plainly visible in your last post.

If you wish to check this answer, you should return to the Decalogue and solve the code, which has a ten-letter answer.

The code's answer only makes full sense if you consider what came immediately after the Sphinx's Decalogue in the first post - a series of asterisks, which led to more answers.)

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I just wanted to make sure the spoiler wasn't messed up on my computer. Thanks, WoD.

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