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Superspork
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So I'm figuring the second through fourth image (left to right, top to bottom) is
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13, alphabet, Mem
which I think is
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the password from notes.wizardcurriculum.com
but I cannot quite figure out the submarine image’s purpose.

I did some digging regarding possible connections the submarine could have and I found this:

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Religious Functions of the Mikveh
Several religious functions are served by this powerful symbol of submerging in water. In the days of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, the mikveh was used by all Jews who wanted to enter the precincts of the Sanctuary. The law required every person inside the Temple grounds to be in a spiritually pure state appropriate to the pristine spirituality of the Sanctuary itself.


Any chance these are related?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:39 pm
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Cherry
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You guys are amazing! I'm trapped in TX with very little wifi until Tuesday but I should be back in my little van in MD by the Friday after - then I can play!

Merry Holidays to everyone!


PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:02 am
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amandel
I Have 100 Cats and Smell of Wee


Joined: 15 Jan 2008
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In reply to some questions & a"MEM=water" observation WC Staff wrote:
You must complete only one challenge. The numbers = points.

Mem is both an answer and a clue

Am dufos with cryptic puzzles. Cherry solved a difficult one in the recent Cardkeepers ARG chapter so her insights will be sound. (No pressure, right C Laughing )

Only submitting some @mandelart for a trading card so someone else shd inquire re the parameters of "Offer a sacrifice". Sorta burying the lead so check out below:
Our next "notes" page
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http://www.notes.wizardcurriculum.com/mem.html
little solve on that "notes" page
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Counting the length of the lines (1=A etc) reads as "I CAN" which led me nowhere. Razz Happy Holidays All
Yikes! Another new "notes" page. Hint on Preparations page
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http://www.notes.wizardcurriculum.com/wespeak.html

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:47 am
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booba
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I realize this is pretty weak, but I thought of it in the shower.

Reordering U (-boat), LEM, HELP, and MEM one can get

HELPMEMULEM or "Help me, Mulem" which apparently is a surname (and a city.)

EDIT: Also just as inane is "Mulander" and "Mujim"


Annnnd,

A Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

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amandel
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Ditto Booba! The WC Staff sent us a lovely Christmas card that can be found on deviantart titled "Santa Wizard". Ours has a few extras...
extra details on card
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The word "founder" in the snow & "S.J." (Society of Jesus) on Santa's robe leading to http://www.notes.wizardcurriculum.com/ignatius.html Our PM is Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:01 pm
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booba
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"Mem is both an answer and a clue"

Perhaps we are supposed to count into the Hebrew alphabet?

1 submarine
Apollo 13
4 letters
13 th letter

Or right to left: 13,1,13,4

Don't know if this will print correctly: מד‎מ‎א

PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:16 pm
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Cherry
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I'm home! I'm home! I need sleep but I'm home!

I'm looking over their website - SO much new stuff. I'm not sure where I am. Guess I need to make a sacrifice and choose a goal? We're still working on that pic with the submarine?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:06 pm
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amandel
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Yaha, believe the sub/mem "helpme.jpg" puzzle is still the golden ticket.

Am dufus with those so I'm working on "the portal is protected" cipher mesonoxian noticed & waiting on a WC Staff email reply to a question. Good luck ALL.


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HappyPhantom
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ok, jumping in on this one but not sure how much attention I can give at this time cause life and stuff... Happy to see some familiar faces, er user names, on this one Smile Thanks for the nod, Amandel. Hope everyone had a great holiday and much love for the new year!

I sent in my application, working on the challenge.

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ads123
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Superspork wrote:
So I'm figuring the second through fourth image (left to right, top to bottom) is
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13, alphabet, Mem
which I think is
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the password from notes.wizardcurriculum.com
but I cannot quite figure out the submarine image’s purpose.


Hi guys, I also got this email but haven't done anything about it for a while so thought I'd check to see if you guys had got it. Anyways in regards to the latest image the shortened word for submarine is sub. So this is just an idea but this is my thought process:
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Sub as in substitute? So substitute 13 alphabet mem. 13th letter of alphabet is 'm'. So when referring to mem we can just use the letter m instead?


It's been a while away from ARGs so I'm a bit rusty but that was just the thought I had from the pictures.

Also on a semi-related note, sad to find out the problems Unforum is going through. Being at university means I'm pretty much constantly in a state of not having enough money to live but I'll try and shoot some money over when I can afford to (i.e. when I can find a job).

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amandel
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Hi. Ads123 "sub=substitution" idea seemed really viable esp. in conection with the substitution puzzle on the MEM page so emailed WC Staff about that page.

In an email reply the WC Staff wrote:
Thank you for finding and solving MEM. "I can" is the solution to the current puzzle. Excellent work!

This leads to the next puzzle:

They changed the world by six degrees

Beginning with Isosceles

Ask one question and no more

To unlock and open the first door.

Am truly befuddled re how/which puzzle "I can" has solved (? the "helpme.jpeg" puzzle?) and now the WC Homepage has a twitter link. Cyas...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:46 am
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amandel
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News at: https://twitter.com/wizardcurricula. Sorta weird there are so few followers since it's the best spot to ask questions & to get tips/intel etc.. Wink

So the WC Staff at twitter just wrote:
The pronaos is hidden: http://wizardcurriculum.com/temple

Also New. The WC Staff in an update email wrote:
The Wizard Curriculum officially begins tomorrow. We currently have 35 members of the External Temple....[snip]
...[a little something for those who like a side challenge--solve the puzzle below and tell us who said it--we'll give you a map to a secret passageway]

L=4
i=2
e=6
a=1
d=6
a=9
o=2
n=7

Left my answer blank below & just laid out the puzzle type etc. This is quite fun to solve & it appears WC Staff want multiple player replies before "giving the map".
puzzle type and solve method
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It's an 8 word famous quote. L=a 4 letter word (like Life),i=a 2 letter word, e=a 6 letter word etc.

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HappyPhantom
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thanks for the hint, Amandel! Hadn't had time to look at it until now.

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booba
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I'm also confused on the "I can" "helpme" issue.

Anyways...

On to:
wowsakhsnekolyogyyorcutdohuyennelnnufowo

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Pronaos leads to column, which leads to columnar transposition, 40 letters suggests a 5x8 box, that can be tinkered with here: http://bionsgadgets.appspot.com/gadget_forms/mysz5.html


Hint
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First word is Only


ETA: With the second mention of "gods", at one time I thought that "Mem" might read "13 gods" (with the HELP portion a message only). That is before it was solved? ??

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amandel
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Mega THX Booba! You always know the best sites to analyze a cipher's entrails. Smile Noticed the key was disguised on the website so let Rumkin.com solve it for me

In reply to my cipher question the WC Staff on twitter wrote:
Thank for the question...We realize our silence has been troubling. We will begin to light the path...

Before you can step on the path you must clear away the stones. What sort of boulder hinders you?

One cipher solve method highlighted by Booba's cluey hint
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Enter the numeric key=tel nbr. now removed from Webpage (92 85 23 09 51) & the letter string on this Rumkin page Click decrypt and the "Use the key" box. It's still a bit jumbled 'tho looking at the last word and Booba's first word hint clarifies the intent Transpose the 2nd and middle columns to 5 2 4 1 3. It then reads: only when you know yourself can you know the gods

Hoping someone is working on the "Isosceles" puzzle (above). Something re "polygons"? Dunno And Padawan ALWAYS recalls all Booba's help in her early uF days.
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