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A cryptic message...a challenge...a prize

First of all, I want to thank Lola for creating this forum...I think it is a lot of fun. I look forward to any and all future contests.

There is a multi-faceted paragraph below. If you can (and I don't think it is so difficult that you cannot) piece together the final message, it will lead you to your goal.

Step One: Read the paragraph, and using the clues therein, read and define the hidden phrase.

Step Two: Take the answer indicated by the hidden phrase and, using the same code, send the answer IN CODE as a comment to this thread. Messages not encoded correctly will be ineligible, and, if necessary, I will ask the forum administrator to delete any messages "in the clear" (not in code) and/or messages that reveal how to read the messages (please don't ruin the contest for other people).

The prize:

- 10 points for the winner
- 5 points for a charity of the winner's choosing
- a free copy (provided by me) of (and you may need to sit down for this one) "The Da Vinci Code"! (oooh, aaah, wow, gasp, snicker)...OK, I know, but if you want it, it is yours.

The contest will run for one month (until the end of the day on July 20th...I'll close it down on the evening of the 21st, Japan time), and the winner will be decided at random from among all of the correct responses. In the very unlikely event that nobody comes up with the correct response, all points will go to a charity of my choosing (And I will list the book *sigh* in my inventory).

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The solution will be posted just after closing down the contest.
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(If anyone wants to run a concurrent contest, please don't be dissuaded...I like participating in them, too.)

Here is the paragraphic challenge (edited on June 21st for clarity):

Look closely at all of the words herein,
at the letters, at how it is written, even
the punctuation is key. Of note is the
third line in this paragraph. Read the
letters, ruminate on words, chew them up. Anon or
after (before being difficult) get to know
the layout of it all. In here, where the cryptic
keys are found, available are the hints you need
to solve the puzzle. Clues are written. In them
find what you need to continue. Other than
the obvious memo, two more exist. Unravel one and the
next will not (I hope) be far off. Requires this (to break
hidden codes) revelation or patience. Quit not and the
message will come to you. I wish you all luck.

Rebel Sun
4 years ago

Comments



Rebel Sun, will you give us some more hints if nobody solves this puzzle? I looked at the clues for quite a while, can you give us another clue? The puzzle seems harder than you suggest it might be. For now, as I can't get another clue, it seems too difficult for me to solve. You really gave us a difficult challenge and I am a little mixed up.
peter
4 years ago
Yeah I think Peter is right! Not sure which answer you want to have...Maybe just a hint of the correct answer. Is it a paragraph with how many lines? How many words in a line...not that we're giving you just the hint and not the right answer...hehe! I'm going to correct my entry if it's become invalid. Thanks!
ylef
4 years ago
I deleted my entry...sorry about that. I think I'll wait for your clarification first.
ylef
4 years ago
I have hidden the answer. Herein it lies: the old, robed monk & the fair maiden. All were puzzled. Master of codes! Trust you to leave everyone dazed, confused and exhausted. I still don't have a favorite charity, so please choose one for me if I should win. Thanks for a fun contest!
AlineM
4 years ago
Sorry. I again say, for EVERYBODY, there will not be any more clues forthcoming. I can guarantee, or trust (if judging by the discourse on the forums is an accurate measure) no one will feel cheated when the solution is revealed. In both previous pleas for clues, impatience played too big a part. The contest is only a few hours old. Sit back, break open a beer and try again. Surely you can do it.
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
My entry:
Okay I got it! Oh Danny boy you gave me a head ache.
Erase and tip is all I have done, non the wiser I am one.
BoB you are laughing hard but know this “rrread” it or you will not get it.
Ok we will see it through, if not just a game then let us go.

Still I gave you my best shot,and you know what you are at.
Charities exist a whole lot, so decide for me and give the shot.

ylef
4 years ago
Can I make another try, a PLEASE? My entry is wrong (wrong answer) I know… so up to you if you let me. Sure now with my answer (being able to find the answer). Master of the code?
ylef
4 years ago
Message: to ylef--I would not deprive you (or undermine your resolve) of getting another crack at this. If often enough you try, either you will get it, or it will get you. Attempt away!
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
I thought I had solved it - stupendous delusion! For all of my thinking, I missed the conclusion. So sad and embarrassed, all I can do is write this confession - poetically, too. I understand now that my one chance at winning is placing the end before the beginning.
AlineM
4 years ago
Oh! What rapture! Fulfills me it does...pride wells up (wondrous Bookmoochers) deep within me. I am truly aware that (mist in my eye) choice people frequent this site. Allow me, if vanity permits, to earn a place among you. Widen your arms! Bring me in, I stridently implore you!
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
Hercules Invictus will not receive points as my favorite charity because after wasting many hours on this contest I am giving up and revolting against this thread by simply listing some of the authors whose books I have mooched: Ahlgren, Ouellette, Koontz, Donaldson, Simak, Scalzi, Barnes, Dick, Brunner, Roshwald, Pournelle, Norton, Gaiman, Russell, Smith, Disch, Matheson, Pohl, Kieft, McAuley, Vinge, Tyson, Sawyer, Keel, Herzog, Sendak, Pronzini, Anderson, Egan, Pavlou, Reisig, Van Pelt, Doctorow, Asimov, McCarthy, Block, Ludlum, Buettner, Fife, Stone, Varley, Campbell, Piercy, Brin, Thomas, Hawksley, King, Rhinehart, Patterson.
Jon Maloney
4 years ago
I am going to add some to your list: Knight, Bast, Ashley, Paolini, Trudi Canavan, Galenorn, Dodd, Ashbless, Drake, J Evanovich, Weeks, Lewis, Berberick, Leitich, Litton, Ostrow, Feehan, Hannay, Delacroix, Daiker, Lakey, Coelius, Arthur, Zahn, Leigh, Nash.
ylef
4 years ago
For Jon: I'd nigh faint choosing which authors to list...McCarthy is good (if evil cannibals are your thing), but I prefer Matheson...my opinion is that he rocks (he's very dated--where McCarthy is more contemporary--maybe that is why I like him). Wholly, truly great authors never go out of style: a Shelley...there's Greene...the list is literally endless. PS - to hear...er...ah...(no kicking myself!) to SEE your words leads me to think you gave up too easily.
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
I have no gift for code cracking; all my attempts to solve this have failed. The difficulty level is too high. Though I acknowledge my defeat, I include my comment as a testament to your cleverness. In urns like Keats's Grecian one, my resolve (dwindling rapidly) ossifies like the resin of some ancient tree.
Alicia
4 years ago
Alicia: Why the urns and amber, I do not know...could you explain? If Greek funerary customs are your thing, I could maybe point you to some good books. To give up on the contest, Alicia, is really a bit premature. Only four days have passed and there is plenty of time left.
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
My interest in urns, or the trappings of any culture's...uh...abnegation of the human body, is kind of a sideline to my interest in Romantic poetry. I especially like William Blake: To Tirzah, On Homers Poetry, An Island in the Moon, Visions of the Daughters of Albion, To Winter, On Anothers Sorrow, Ah Sunflower, Infant Sorrow, Couch of Death, London.
Alicia
4 years ago
This thing here was, at least, a delightful quest. Though not something I've seen lately. Fun, tour de force, far from ordinary. This I say to you, misses and misters.
dichroic
4 years ago
Wow! I'm firstly (don't blindly assume most importantly, thanks) wonderfully, understandably humbled by your compliments. This was (I assure you) a great pleasure for me...great wordsmithing, I'd protest, it emphatically is not. As surely as I am writing this now, there are those who are more worthy of your praise. Vanity mine thanks you, but I know that really, the accolades are unwarranted. To dichroic my thanks.
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
Mooching in summer,
hello again bright sunshine.
Pheasant passes by.

Soothed soon by reading,
hands grasp new paper binding.
Yours now are the words.

Surprise of the day,
Twilight received in error.
Disaster has me.

GarethM
4 years ago
To which I say:
Windfall yours, this Twilight book...I score for you a win.
Pheasants fly the whole year round, to where they will and when.
Above, our golden orb does shine, making flowers grow,
begging of we earthbound lot to adoration show.
Wearing 'dorned with fruits of the vine, the fruit of looms (is tight?)
Otherwise, to my books I go to spend my summer nights.
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
To: my love. Sweetheart, I loved you the first time I heard your voice; wanted to kiss you the first time I saw your face. You are my light, my redemption, my inspiration, my soul.
autumnrose (2-for-1)
4 years ago
Well, Thankyou Autumn Rose.
I never knew you cared, not that much anyway.....
Michelle
4 years ago
Oh, what rapture, all consuming, fills by bosom (other places as well)...what ecstasy engulfs me. I will near faint, will I, if for me the heavens are so kind, to love grant me in she that did address. Though I render thanks forever, so will still my gratitude be insufficient. She is so beyond me...surely Cupid jests, fools with this most unworthy man. I offer up my heart, I offer up my soul! Hear me, my love...call I to the goddess of my idolatry!
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
Hi! Tell me (please) those books i sent, I know you got them, you marked them received but I am curious about one of them. Seriously is Micheal Flynn's Firestar series any good? So sorry this is not in poetry and the punctuation police are not likely to be happy with me either.
becca
4 years ago
becca, to be honest, I really just received the last Firestar book, so coming soon (according to my to-read list) I will be able to start reading it (his series, I mean). I`ll (in good time) slip you a note to give you my tardy but thankfully rendered assessment thereof...so, believe me when I say, please accept my gratitude for the books you have given me.
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
Before BookMooch, my life was a bore.
See, books were never enough, oh not for me!
Found this: worldwide site, it is, yes my delight.

This is the first time I do something like this, I hope I got it right. It was fun and a bit difficult, as English is not my first language.

Eunira
4 years ago
“My list” Koontz, J Evanovich, Greene, and Clark. If People would spend more time cracking codes, Politics would not be a subject! Be aware they show up any way (paying a high price) if I seem puzzled, ignore my confusion. I again slip into my delusion. As luck would have it, I always think Codes are too hard, even kids; who… win (in usual contests) scream with delight (I wish I could win- it seems to be so much fun)
MaryBeth
4 years ago
Eunira: Um prazer! Brasil e o pais do meu "coracao"! Te agradeco por tua participacao. Embarquei neste projeto e nao sabia como a gente o receberia...e pelos erros gramaticais e a falta de acentos no meu portugues (conseguiste a me entender?) desculpas peco.
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
"Hail and well met, O MaryBeth!" Come one and come all! I'm glad to see some fourth quarter participants. A tad difficult "codes" may be...troublesome as well, usually...otherwise, players such as yourself might be disappointed (and we cannot have that). So for giving it a go, you have my thanks. -Dan
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
I'm holding my breath...
Jon Maloney
4 years ago

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