Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

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Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Terokh Jeruth » Sat May 09, 2015 1:05 pm

Congratulations to those who solved the 6th Age puzzle. You've all received entries into the Grand Prize draw. The Bookmark winner will be announced soon.

The following is a spoilerific description of how the puzzle was solved....

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Posted in the intital topic post was a mediafire link (http://www.mediafire.com/download/----------/00.png) with a segment missing. Underneath this were some D'ni letters and a list of 50 random letter/number strings. If you know anything about mediafire you would recognise that the missing segment matched the random strings, and if you didn't already know that, it could be easily inferred. Which strings to use was indicated by the D'ni letter clues. D'ni letter shapes evolved from the D'ni number shapes (or at the very least they had a common ancestor) so if you matched up the D'ni letter with their corresponding numbers, and accounted for D'ni numbers being base 25, you would get "3-12-18-23-34-39-46".

Going down the list of random strings and selecting out the lines corresponding to the above numbers, then plugging them in to the mediafire link you would get the following urls:

01 - http://www.mediafire.com/download/1p69v ... 978/00.png
02 - http://www.mediafire.com/download/7si46 ... xas/00.png
03 - http://www.mediafire.com/download/6taa7 ... 7sd/00.png
04 - http://www.mediafire.com/download/ujyjz ... 592/00.png
05 - http://www.mediafire.com/download/71fzf ... vsz/00.png
06 - http://www.mediafire.com/download/bhe8u ... 461/00.png
07 - http://www.mediafire.com/download/l0k81 ... d31/00.png

Each url led to an image file. This is where the initial clue from this puzzle would come in handy. The images you'd find were highly obfuscated images of Ages found in Uru. They also concealed the next step of the puzzle. "We've been here before, back at the beginning." was a clue to lead you back to the 1st Age puzzle in which steganography was used to conceal another image. When trying to decode the image using the OpenStego program linked to in the 1st Age puzzle you would be given the option to enter a password. "You might recognise these places, But you won't pass so easily." was a clue as to what password to use. The passwords were the names of the obfuscated Ages. These were K'veer, Teledahn, Ahnonay, Eder Kemo, Gahreesehn, Cleft, and Kadish Tolesa.

Entering these without punctuation or spaces (and in the case of Gahreesehn adding the extra "h" near the end) would reveal a fireplace code pattern from Myst. If you flick through the code book found on the bookcase in the Myst library you would find that each code is individually numbered. Matching the patterns with the ones extracted from the images and taking note of their corresponding numbers you would get the final answer number string: 1562734

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I hope you all enjoyed this puzzle and congratulations to those who solved it.
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Re: Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Terokh Jeruth » Sat May 09, 2015 1:06 pm

~~~~~ And the winner is...... Carolyn ~~~~~

Congratulations Carolyn you have won the Bookmark for this Age. :-)

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Re: Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Twitch » Sat May 09, 2015 1:12 pm

This one was fantastically fun. So many layers!
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Re: Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Buzzle1 » Sat May 09, 2015 1:19 pm

Twitch, I agree - A lot of fun. Great puzzle numinous!
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Re: Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Renzey » Sat May 09, 2015 5:22 pm

I'm really loving these puzzles-within-puzzles challenge.
I wonder if any of the ages will have to do with Myst 3-5...
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Re: Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Jamie Marchant » Sun May 10, 2015 6:58 am

Thought it was that but didn't get around to solving it.
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Re: Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Terokh Jeruth » Mon May 11, 2015 1:26 am

Congratulations Carolyn :)
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Re: Competition 6th Age SPOILERS!!!

Postby Carolyn » Mon May 11, 2015 8:08 am

Nice! :)
Good luck to everyone else in the remaining Ages!
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