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(I found this in the archives, thought it was really cute...;))
Freaking puzzles, nowadays. Oh, they might look nice, but deep
down... they all have fundamentally the same things going on.
produce a cryptic clue at first, of an ungraceful ungulate
order words alphabetically.
keep putting in red herrings to pad out the puzzle even when there
are only about five things you've got to find
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
randomly reorder instructions so the puzzle isn't trivial
have a set of words with 'precisely' the same length
initially spell out a clue.
generate a word by joining the dots, relying on a fiXed width font
hide words, using capital letters
convert letters to numbers,
and convert numbers to letters
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.
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.
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Let's go.

"Initially spell out a clue"

Remember my #1 pro-tip? The letters spell "POKERHIGHCARD", which in this case is an ace. On the other hand, a high card can also refer to any non-listed poker hand. Not sure what to do with that, but it's there.

Last two seem important, but for the life of me not entirely sure.

Also, "hide words using capital letters". There are only three letters capitalized, so

FOX.

Unfortunately, I think I just solved and semi-solved, because for the rest I'm all :wacko:

Edited by Aaryan
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They circled the word "blasted".

That's all I got for now.

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All of the "periods" in the puzzle are in a single line...with the exception of the ellipses and final period on the second line.



Not sure yet what it means, but that explains the "generate a word by joining the dots, relying on a fiXed width font" piece...
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All of the "periods" in the puzzle are in a single line...with the exception of the ellipses and final period on the second line.

Not sure yet what it means, but that explains the "generate a word by joining the dots, relying on a fiXed width font" piece...

Looks like they might not have been trying to circle the word "blast" after all. Periods form a T, commas a J, apostrophes an O. And that's all the punctuation in the puzzle. "Jot" to go along with "Ace" that Aaryan pointed out?

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We have:

ACE, FOX, and JOT...I'm guessing that's 3 of the 5 things that are mentioned.

I'm also seeing DIN, maybe...because there are 3 misspelled words in the paragraph that talks about them:

SUPPOSE (should be supposeD)

DETERMNED (should be determIned)

THIG (should be thiNg)

The last part probably has to do with the letters-numbers (and vice versa), and the sequence...from what I initially see, I see these "numbers" in the text: "five", "half", "one", "one"...there's also "first" and "first" in there...

Another thought I had, was the word precisely has 9 letters and is in quotes...so maybe find all the 9 letter words in the puzzle and they mean something:

determned
something
precisely
sequences
arbitrary
calculate
Just throwing out some ideas as I come across them...
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I have the answer:



BEIGE...

If that's right, we definitely have 4 of the 5 keys to solving this puzzle...the only part I'm not sure about is the "G"...

We have ACE, FOX, JOT, and DIN...

"Convert letters to numbers": ACE = 1 3 5...

"it would be totally logical to work out the next number"...which would be 7...

"but we have to calculate the difference"..which is 2...

"convert numbers to letters"...we have a "B"

FOX = 6, 15, 24...difference = 9...letter is "I"

JOT = 10, 15, 20...difference = 5...letter is "E"

DIN = 4, 9, 14...difference is 5...letter is "E"

So, if there's a fifth letter, I just tried to find 5-letter words that have BEIE in them...and I can only come up with BEIGE. But I'm not sure how to get a sequence that has a difference of 7 from the puzzle, though. Here are the possible letter combinations (which it should have 3-letters, because of the "have a set of words with 'precisely' the same length" clue):

AHO, BIP, CJQ, DKR, ELS, FMT, GNU, HOV, IPW, JQX, KRY, LSZ

So, somehow in the puzzle, one of those should come out...

This is a fantastic puzzle...

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that would be a GNU....



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

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.


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Nicely done! The "connect the dots" part was the one that threw me for awhile, since I'm apparently not very good at recognizing what random shapes are suppose to look like :lol:, but you guys breezed right through that.

Now we can move on to where the real fun begins...;)

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Aw, man. I was too late... You guys solved it so darn fast.

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