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The Adventures of B-kun: A study of scarlet

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November 11, 2011

It was a black, chill evening, and portents of snow pranced through the night air. The street was well-lighted, and made brighter by the flickers from the display of televisions in the window of an electronics shop.

On the multitude of screens of various sizes, a slender brown haired man was discussing his platform for the upcoming election. He was stressing the reform of law enforcement to cut down on crime, especially seeing how criminals were becoming more clever and devious. Following his words, a picture flashed across the screens, of a pale-skinned, dark-haired man with aristocratic features, a stoic expression, and a look of condescension about the eyes. This man, the candidate explained, was B-kun, a very dangerous criminal that was currently eluding authorities.

The man to whom the face belonged strolled past the display without pausing, but pulled his hood more tightly around his head. No doubt the affluent candidate’s even more affluent ‘friend’, Patrick “Trick” Moriarty, had put him up to it. A deep frown creased B-kun’s face as he thought of the man.

After the lead ‘expert witness’ had been taken out, and Trick’s bevy of highly-paid attorneys tore the remaining case apart like a pack of rabid dogs, the state had no choice but to let him go. And then the charismatic young man had gone on national television to tell ‘his side’ of the story...of how he had lost his parents at a young age but been taken in by his Godfather, Harold Mortimer, who had turned out to be the kingpin of a criminal organization and had beguiled the ‘poor boy’ into dipping his hands into the mess. One 30 minute spot with those large teary violet-blue eyes, pretty face, and Manchester accent was all it took to go from criminal to media darling. Now he was head of the newly formed Evitceted Corp, which he swore bore no ties to his Godfather’s criminal organization, IETNAT, and there was talk of an appointment to Secretary of State.

Over my dead body, B-kun thought. But that was exactly what Trick wanted.

Suddenly, B-kun noticed the sound of footfall behind him. He sped up his pace, and the steps also sped. He slowed down and his pursuers followed suit. He stopped. So did they. Suddenly, he broke out into a sprint, veering to the left after a block, hopping over the prostrate form of a homeless man occupying the alley.

The pursuer closest behind him also turned...right into a well-placed fistpalm. The one after slowed so as not to run into his compatriot, but he couldn’t avoid running into the limber B-kun’s sweeping roundhouse.

After adding a few extra blows for good measure, B-kun frowned. He could have sworn he had heard three sets of footsteps. He twisted around...

...To face the barrel of a pistol pointed in his directions. The man holding it, out of reach of even his quick kick, sneered. “Guess your kung fu’s not so tough now, huh?” He licked his fat pink lips and raised the firearm into position. “Oh, the Boss is going to reward me well for this...”

A loud sound reverberated throughout the alley, and a moment later, the goon’s large substantial form crumpled to the ground. Over it loomed the homeless man, a broken bottle poised in one hand.

“That’s what you get for disturbing my sleep, boy,” he grumbled in a hoarse, raspy voice. A long scar ran down the side of the man’s face, which itself was being devoured by an overgrowth of beard. He turned to scowl at B-kun. “And you...” he started to admonish, but then stopped and pursed his lips. “You...you look familiar...haven’t I seen your face somewhere before?”

B-kun ignored his question and stepped over to the nearest unconscious goon. He felt around the man’s pockets and pulled out a cell phone.

“Yes!” the hobo exclaimed in recollection. “You’re the man on the TV...on the most wanted list. You...killed someone, right? And tried to kill someone else...” He snorted. “And here, to think, I just saved a criminal.”

“I’m not a criminal,” B-kun replied curtly. He frowned at the phone. There was a four-digit passcode.

“So you didn’t kill anyone or try to kill anyone?” the man asked.

B-kun didn’t respond. He searched around some more and produced a folded scrap of paper from a hidden pocket in the man’s suit. On it were typed some phrases:

Year A was published

Russian 2pi

Sun’s country code

It’s not easy to be a gem of the day of independence

At the bottom was scrawled a note in hasty handwriting: Don’t let anyone see this. In summation, better dead than read!

B-kun’s eternally frowning face creased further. He pulled out his own cell and performed a series of actions. Then he inputted four numbers into the goon’s phone.

The screen darkened and then a new screen presented itself. Another four-digit code, but this time the hint was on the screen. No doubt this one changed weekly/daily/hourly, synced by some central computer of the organization, to keep out those who didn’t know the code:

Superman (aeons) Batman

After a moment, B-kun’s usual impassive expression was replaced by one of rage. He had used her to rid himself of the things standing between him and the power he coveted, and now, he was using her code. How dare he...

Seeing, and perhaps misunderstanding, his anger, the hobo shrugged and placed a not-too hygenic hand on the young man's shoulder. “Well you owe me a bottle of vodka, but you’re lucky I been near. Funny thing, that’s my name, Ben Near.”

(To be continued...find the codes!)

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I'm going to say for the Superman (aeons) Batman

Aeons can mean age.

So Superman was started in 1938 and Batman in 1939

So it would be 74 73

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Year A was published

Capital: Critique of Political Economy (1867), Karl Marx

Russian 2pi

P. I. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian"

Sun’s country code

Japan calling code is 81

It’s not easy to be a gem of the day of independence.

July birthstone - Ruby

Was it the note typed in red?

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I'm going to say for the Superman (aeons) Batman

Aeons can mean age.

So Superman was started in 1938 and Batman in 1939

So it would be 74 73

Good thinking, but no...*tries not to wince at the thought of 74,73->7473*. Gotta be able to square it with the paragraph underneath ;).

I tend to be a creature of harmonic habits ;P (yes, that was a doubly entendred hint ^_^ )

Year A was published

Capital: Critique of Political Economy (1867), Karl Marx

Russian 2pi

P. I. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian"

Sun’s country code

Japan calling code is 81

It’s not easy to be a gem of the day of independence.

July birthstone - Ruby

Was it the note typed in red?

Nah, that was just something of a hint...as well as the title...and don't forget the handwritten hint...

On track with the last two, but for the last one that's only half of the clue...

Mmmm...pi...

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"The year A was Published" A Study in Scarlet - written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - published 1887 aeons are eternal beings(Gods) kinda of like superman - that's a good power to covet --not sure how it ties in with superman and Batman thought :/

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"The year A was Published" A Study in Scarlet - written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - published 1887 aeons are eternal beings(Gods) kinda of like superman - that's a good power to covet --not sure how it ties in with superman and Batman thought :/

Good try, but it's more like, replace 'A' with a word or phrase that describes it that fits in with the theme. Other parts of these codes involves similar forms of replacing as well

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Red Book (Jung) published by W.W. Norton & Co. on October 7, 2009

The Scarlet Letter 1850

Russian mil (measurement of angle) is 6000 for a circle used by red army http://en.wikipedia....iki/Angular_mil

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Red Book (Jung) published by W.W. Norton & Co. on October 7, 2009

The Scarlet Letter 1850

Russian mil (measurement of angle) is 6000 for a circle used by red army http://en.wikipedia....iki/Angular_mil

Right on on the first :thumbsup: ...for the second...wow...I've actually never heard of that before, and admittedly, it might actually work better than the original solution...*whistling*...okay, I should have made the clue slightly more specific...there's more wordplay and less math...(I know...*gasp*...but it's mathy wordplay 0:)...)...(and what the clue is referring to is actually on that page ;) )

And don't forget in the end you need to come out with a four digit passcode ;).

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And don't forget in the end you need to come out with a four digit passcode ;).

You dial 00 for overseas don't you?

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Year A was published = 1850

Russian 2pi = ??

Sun’s country code = 81

It’s not easy to be a gem of the day of independence = maybe 40 because ruby is the 40th year wedding anniversary gift?

Once we have all the numbers from the clues, I sure all we do next to to sum them because:

At the bottom was scrawled a note in hasty handwriting: Don’t let anyone see this. In summation, better dead than read!

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Don’t let anyone see this. In summation, better dead than read!

Already had that, spoil sport, did you get this

Don’t let anyone see this. In summation, better dead than read!

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Year A was published = 1850

Russian 2pi = ??

Sun’s country code = 81

It’s not easy to be a gem of the day of independence = maybe 40 because ruby is the 40th year wedding anniversary gift?

Once we have all the numbers from the clues, I sure all we do next to to sum them because:

At the bottom was scrawled a note in hasty handwriting: Don’t let anyone see this. In summation, better dead than read!

Good try, but gotta figure out what term to replace the other part of the sentence with.

For part of the first pass code you will need to translate from math to english, and the second from english to math ;).

Edit: And phaze, yes, you have done a truly spectacular job on this series, but I always welcome more sharing of working ideas so that others may build upon them. I like to make my puzzles somewhat challenging and as a scientist, I highly encourage collaboration :thumbsup: .

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Thoughts - both are long-shots.

"It’s not easy to be a gem of the day of independence:"

This suggests a reference to Kermit the Frog's song "It's not easy being green." So we have green - Emerald. That's May. So we're dealing, perhaps, not with American Independence Day, but with a different Independence day altogether. There are several possibilities, but I should note that May 5 is not really Mexican Independence Day.

DEAD could be hexadecimal - 57005. But I don't think we've had any clues for that?

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Okay...slightly revised clue...

Year A was published

Russian 2pi [Year]

Sun’s country code

It’s not easy[ness] to be a gem of the day of independence

B-kun was mad that they were using that woman's special code.

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Russian circles

http://www.facebook....13472632062171/ 31st Dec 2011

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...the reference to the theme? Hint: 2pi is not replace by 'circle'...what's the difference b/w 2pi, pi, pi/2...etc?

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...the reference to the theme? Hint: 2pi is not replace by 'circle'...what's the difference b/w 2pi, pi, pi/2...etc?

2 pi r = circumference we need to find r??? could it be Symphony No. 2 (Tchaikovsky) composed 1872 oh and "Moriarty" is a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character is there a theme here or just a weird coincidence?

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are we supposed to replace "A" with Adultery?? like in the book A scarlet letter was used in Victorian Times to disclose adulterous behavior by a woman

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are we supposed to replace "A" with Adultery?? like in the book A scarlet letter was used in Victorian Times to disclose adulterous behavior by a woman

should it be "RED LETTER"

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One revolution is equal to 2π radian RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 OR BETTER STICKING WITH THE THEME "RED" BLOODY SUNDAY 1905??? is red the theme?

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are we supposed to replace "A" with Adultery?? like in the book A scarlet letter was used in Victorian Times to disclose adulterous behavior by a woman

'A' is replaced with 'The Scarlet Letter', which was published in 1850 (as phaze noted)

^_^

One revolution is equal to 2π radian RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 OR BETTER STICKING WITH THE THEME "RED" BLOODY SUNDAY 1905??? is red the theme?

The first is the correct year, and that is the correct theme...'Red' as in Communist in this case

;)

Alright, close to solving the first code :thumbsup: .

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For the last one Ruby fits in with the theme, and 'not easy' could mean hard.

The hardness of the ruby is 9. Is that it?

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Year A was published = 1850

Russian 2pi [Year] = 1917

Sun’s country code = 81

It’s not easy[ness] to be a gem of the day of independence = 9

So the four digit code = 3857 (maybe)

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Year A was published = 1850

Russian 2pi [Year] = 1917

Sun’s country code = 81

It’s not easy[ness] to be a gem of the day of independence = 9

So the four digit code = 3857 (maybe)

Correct! First code cracked! Props to all involved, particularly phaze :).

I mentioned that for the first passcode, there was a part you had to 'translate' from math to english...that was 2pi->'revolution' The second you need to translate a part from english to math

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Yes phaze was a great help. :thanks:

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@MikeD np

The first questions were to do with red/scarlet/ruby

Does the second clue have something to do with indigo/violet/purple?

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