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"The Strange Box" - self-contained puzzle trail
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ymgve
Boot

Joined: 24 Dec 2006
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"The Strange Box" - self-contained puzzle trail

I made this a while ago. It is a variant of the puzzle trail kind of riddles - all the puzzles are contained inside a single file. Anyone interested?

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1593421/strangebox.rar

edit: Updated URL

PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:21 pm
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Rogi Ocnorb
I Have 100 Cats and Smell of Wee


Joined: 01 Sep 2005
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Location: Where the cheese is free.

I'm not able to master the "iwarp" GIMP plugin for the 2nd one, so can't get any further than level2. I suck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:01 am
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grumpyboy
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Rogi Ocnorb wrote:
I'm not able to master the "iwarp" GIMP plugin for the 2nd one, so can't get any further than level2.


keeping with my KISS principle, i didn't bother with the photoshop thing. first letter "p", last 2 letters "st", squint really hard, 2nd letter looks like "e".

assuming 8 letters (like last password), password:
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pederast


uh... O_o

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:43 pm
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Rogi Ocnorb
I Have 100 Cats and Smell of Wee


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Can't play with .rar at work. But, I'm sure I tried that password, last night and it gave a "file header error". Along with many of the other "P*ST" words of 7-10 characters. Looks like it's time for a new archive utility.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:55 pm
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Gregoriev
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What am I supposed to do for the password 1193747696______T_____.rar?
Just arbitrarily guess the password? Hack into the file?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:55 pm
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betterspud
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I'm truly stumped by the 1193747696-______T______.rar

Has anyone managed to crack it?

I'd welcome a gentle nudge in the right direction.

Incidentally (to the originator) how many levels are there to this puzzle? Hopefully loads Smile

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:53 pm
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ymgve
Boot

Joined: 24 Dec 2006
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It contains about 15 levels.

A hint for 1193747696-______T______.rar: the number is the key.

Another hint:
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1970


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Rogi Ocnorb
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Finally got it:
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20071030T123456 (Took a while to find a Unix to UTC converter that came up with the right hours.)


For the next one:
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The hex converts to a string (maxitllphkwblsxkhihbgm) which with a ROT-7 is "thepasswordiszeropoint"

No idea where to use it, though. Tried Camouflage, but that's about as far as I'll go with stegging.

ETA: Just give the .png file a .rar extension.
Now, I'm scared.

ETA2: My virus checker says the executable file is a copy of:
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jerusalem

Which hurts my eyes. Time for bed.
I'm awful at moving this kind of stuff around in a graphics editor, but when it is lined up it appears to be a poem, beginning with, "I am a little poem, yes I am" I can't make it all out. Something about a secret code and removing a few things.
Good luck.

Back again:
Near as I can tell, it reads:
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i am a little poem, yes i am
i don't rhyme nor funk
but i don't care because
i'm a secret code
remove my punctuation
remove my whitespace
md5 me, then you will be mine

But I'm not finding the correct hash, either as plaintext or as a file in either windows or Unix format, with and without line breaks.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:17 am
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ymgve
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I actually made a spelling error in the poem. That probably explains why you get the wrong result.

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Rogi Ocnorb
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Care to let me know where the spelling error occurs?
"funk" seemed somewhat... funky (though I couldn't see a better/different word that'd fit there).
And I guess "mine" could actually be "mime".
Like I said, I'm not the best with a graphics editor and can't be absolutely sure which words I may have spelled "correctly".
I guess I could upload the .png file and let somebody with better skillz go at it.
Yeah... That's what I'll do.

ETA: At home, now. Was misremembering some of the questionable areas. Adding what I came up with. I reconstructed it using ROYGBIV in reverse (roughly, since there's no orange and there are a few cyan pixels).

I'm sure I'm going about it all wrong and am probably missing something obvious.

FYI: Changing the one occurrence of "i'm" to "i am" doesn't seem to be the answer: The MD5s for that are:

Broken lines: (I know it says to remove whitespace, but sometimes, mileage varies)
Text only; 6d0dbd17f857c654520a573da7403801
DOS; 237f0b1bf2c92797ce097e128b41379b
Unix; ab9b5dc19147b18ad729aa9efe0ee7b5

No breaks:
Text only; c66153faca0637bb6826818635f5209b
DOS; cee9b4b113eda0b92c369a796bb8871b
Unix; bab2358c9b39fed14f50095f6a182dfc
level6.png
 Description   
 Filesize   1.27KB
 Viewed   1109 Time(s)

level6.png

Level6(merged).png
 Description   
 Filesize   2.29KB
 Viewed   1089 Time(s)

Level6(merged).png

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:37 pm
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ymgve
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The misspelled word is
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puctuation


Apart from that, the text you posted earlier was correct.

If you want more help, this is the full text as it should be before md5ing:
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iamalittlepoemyesiamidontrhymenorfunkbutidontcarebecauseimasecretcoderemovemypuctuationremovemywhitespacemd5methenyouwillbemine


Also, make sure you don't have any carriage returns at the end of the line.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:08 am
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Rogi Ocnorb
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Thanks. That works.
I'm sure glad I didn't choose proofreader as a vocation.
Can't believe I kept glossing right over that.

You're not making this easy. I'll give you that.
Looks like the next one is integer sequences and we're looking for a 21-digit number to follow:
27246542475003252211 45573535363315242442 75042300060320514653
Analyzing 20-digit numbers is a challenge when most of the tools I have available only work with 15 significant digits.
It's obviously not primes of any kind and really doesn't look to be any kind of 2/4/5/10/20 digit codified values from a list that I can see.

The percentage difference between numbers is fairly close, but not exact and the most interesting thing I have found, so far, is that if you calculate the difference between the two largest numbers (29468764697005272211) and then subtract the first number (27246542475003252211) the result is 2222222222002020000 which I feel must mean something, though what, is eluding me.

So, come on, math geeks. Edumacate me on this one. Lucas and Keith numbers seem to have similar ratios.

BTW: The last one was simply getting the MD5 hash for the string, itself and not for the string as a file.
Spoiler (Rollover to View):
7b51d74343bfcfb85149c25a01948870


ETA: Found my old notes on this one and decided to update the post

Code:
1                    2                    3
27246542475003252211 45573535363315242442 75042300060320514653


3 - 2 =
29468764697005272211
(Ratio = 1:1.6466201154261640710352878349627)
       (or 0.60730461788461061747916547580696:1)

2 - 1 =
18326992888311990231
(Ratio = 1:1.5465030798507342315235589015103)
       (or 0.59785887265036629148762253593165:1)

3 - 1 =
47795757585317262442

3 - 2 - 1 =
 2222222222002020000

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:41 am
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Zandro
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Fibonacci sequence.

Stuck on level 10, anyone have a lovely hint for these?

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gkwzu zynri nyduv udmfu gucmt weztw knnsr ucmms cmkwg qzdiw cniwp uigym gwxwm mgskd dymni wpeym iomiw nnsrg ucmzg sgkwz
uydwm uuted uuekw gtuca iwmmy osulw xuodd ykmym ioudb biruc mewzg uucml wteps kszty cmugw miwos utsiw pulsa udmmy dplag
ypwjg uutiw purwc ytsew nagyl wxgwn gwyms dimst agwx
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Weregoose
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Zandro wrote:
Fibonacci sequence.

If only; the ratios would've converged to the first 40 digits of φ by this point. I am very stuck here.

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Guest
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Ah, but you were right. Onto level 7.

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