No feed back so not sure if that last hint was useful to you. Not sure now if anyone is still trying to solve this one.
Its coming to the end of the month. In a day or two I will start releasing small daily hints to help this hunt reach a close if people are still actively trying to solve it. If no one is trying to solve it anymore then I will leave things as they are.
I think it was a greet little puzzle with an interesting twist, but of course there's an obvious bias in me saying that. It would be a shame though not to leave it untouched so that someone in the future had the opportunity to solve it if they wished, if there is no one currently trying to solve it now..
So shout out, what type of hints would you like the see in the final few days. I will drop the next hint Wednesday evening and every evening from that point onward if people are still actively trying to solve this hunt.
I'll give you a very quick hint for the first stanza If you have decoded it and still get what looks like gibberish or code, maybe that was deliberate and what you need to progress.
Concentrate on the first line of the third stanza and only that. You crack that and you will all be kicking yourselves. Its simpler than it appears. I am sure I have used something that is new and has never been used before in a hunt. But it is not complicated or difficult, its actually very obvious once you have cracked it which is why I used it in a hunt.
Last Edit: May 25, 2020 22:31:38 GMT -5 by efanton
I think I understand the first line of the third stanza.
But your hint mentions decoding the FIRST stanza and getting gibberish. Are you sure you don't mean decoding the 3rd stanza and getting gibberish?
As I have previously said. The first and second stanza's tell you how to decode. Obviously what needs decoding is the last three lines of the 3rd stanza.
But for anything to make immediate sense you need to understand the first line of the 3rd stanza.
So my advice for those who are still trying to solve this hunt.
1.concentrate in the first line of the 3rd stanza. Understand the clue that is in it and what it relates to.
2. then use first and second stanza to decode the last three lines of stanza three. those decodes will then make sense with what you got from the first line. Without understanding what the first line relates to you probably are going to think you have done something horrendously wrong.
Very hard to explain this in a more simple way without actually giving the whole game away.
I will be release a further clue later this evening.
A new clue as promised. It going to have to be a BIG clue as we are quickly getting to the end of the month.
The first line of stanza three is key to this hunt.
"You only understand the use before encryption"
What could that possibly mean? Well maybe it means nothing or those words were used for another purpose. There is something about those words that combine to create something else. Maybe you might try taking a letter from each word for instance.
Last Edit: May 27, 2020 16:48:03 GMT -5 by efanton
a further hint, being that I answered a private message.
a Caesar cipher typically uses a dictionary made up from the letters of the alphabet. But if you need to include numbers as well you must add all the numbers before or after the alphabet. Also the numbers could be 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0 or 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.
Stanza 2 tells you how to set up your custom alphabet.
If you use the DCODE cipher tool it will be obvious as to what you need to do with the help of stanza 2. www.dcode.fr/en
Last Edit: May 27, 2020 20:46:58 GMT -5 by efanton
"You only understand the use before encryption" spells YOUTUBE. And the following three lines look like Youtube video names. But none of them lead to a live video. Even if you brute-force one with dcode.fr, all 35 answers still lead to nothing. Is there some other use for these names??
Post by balloonsrfun on May 28, 2020 12:20:25 GMT -5
That is what I've been stuck on almost immediately after this puzzle came out. I have tried using the person from Stanza 1, Line 1, with the year that I got for a keyword for the first line under the youtube reference, the one that starts with W, but I must have either the wrong person or the wrong date?