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PERPLEX CITY, SEASON ONE
The search for the Receda Cube on Earth


General

Some of the Puzzle Cards have playing card symbols, risk soldiers, dice, number strings, and obscure shapes on them. Each prime number card has a playing card symbol and part of a letter on it. Other cards have hidden text written in special ink.

We believe that Combed Thunderclap has put this data on the cards to help us find the Cube.

The first meta puzzle solved, the Prime Number puzzle consisting of card symbols and letters, gave us the message 'I STOLE THE CUBE. HELP ME. COMBED THUNDERCLAP.'

The second meta Puzzle solved, found in hidden text written on yellow letters on the Wave 4 cardSeason 1 Card #223 - Secret Location says "Five fingers point:half the world; realm; region; feature; last mystery." (Note all punctuation is added.)

The details of the solutions to these puzzles follows.

We have several more puzzles to solve.

Prime Number Cards: Playing Cards and Large Letters

Each card with a playing symbol also has part of a letter faintly printed over the card in a slab-serif font, and it's anticipated that arranging all the playing symbol cards in order will eventually depict the whole message. All symbols appear on cards with prime numbers. 54 Prime numbers under 256 are as follows:

2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 29 31 37 41 43 47 53 59 61 67 71 73 79 83 89 97 101 103 107 109 113 127 131 137 139 149 151 157 163 167 173 179 181 191 193 197 199 211 223 227 229 233 239 241 251

See: List of Playing Cards for a plain list.

When oriented appropriately, these produce a text message on the corners of the cards. Full Details can be found on the Prime Number Message page.

This message along with other hints lead us to Library of Babel subdirectory. Combed Thunderclap has used that site to communicate with us in a few flash updates.

Season 1 Card #223 - Secret Location

This card has an additional set of numbers on it which are not related to the other Wave 4 Number Strings. These are printed in a hard-to-see yellow text and read:

"100, 139, 6, 148, 62, 127, 118, 119, 131, 151, 146, 88, 135, 107, 112, 152, 124, 150, 130, 100, 147, 93, 121, 149, 134, 144, 126, 98, 133, 103, 143, 116, 63, 111, 91, 101, 70, 61, 105, 62, 76, 117, 123, 84, 102, 89, 115, 96, 137, 92, 85, 122, 87, 53, 104, 90, 145".

This message is a form of Beale Cipher, and was successfully decoded on the 30th of October, 2006. When decoded it says:

Five fingers point

half the world
realm
region
feature
last mystery

Wave 4 Meta Information

There are several puzzles contained in the Wave 4 Meta Information, and there is strong suspicion that these will be key to the finding of the eventual cube location.

The Meta Puzzles are:

Assuming the DNA spec leads to the translation for the letter srting we have:

frbpulafhposmlucnidymendbkielgtpdoaakiltio

, which with MOD4ing each of the letters, then converting A = 1, U = 2, C = 3, G = 4 becomes:

UUUGAGAUGGCCAGACUAGAAAUGUCAAGCGGGCAACAGGAC


which using standard Codon interpretation becomes:

PHEGLUMETALAARGLEUGLUMETSERSERGLYGLNGLNASP


using 3 letter abbreviations or

FEMARLEMSSGQQD


using the single character codes for Amino Acids.

OR, using the reverse, A = 2, U = 1, C = 4, G = 3 we get

AAACUCUACCGGUCUGAUCUUUACAGUUCGCCCGUUGUCCUG


which using standard Codon interpretation becomes:

LYSLEUTYRARGSERASPLEUTYPSERSERPROVALVALLEU

and

KLYRSDLYSSPVVL


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Raw Card Information

Note: Updated as of November 20th and should be current. Please see Perplexorum or alternatively http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16138 for more discussion.

Card Upright Number Reversed Number Shape Risk Char Red Dice Blue Dice Notes
Season 1 Card #029 - Beware the Puzzle Monsters 1-14443432.5-3 3-232.52.51.5-1 029shape.png       Card also contains playing card symbol.
Season 1 Card #040 - Baby On Board 2-11444414412-3 1-1144144414432.5-4 040.png 2 Infantry Red: 5, 4, 3 Blue: 4, 3 Attacker wins. Defender loses two armies. Shape is contained within the side of the elephant.
Season 1 Card #058 - Breaking And Entering 2-21122214-4 4-23232.534334-1 None 1 Cavalry Red: 6, 3, 1 Blue: 6, 4 This card and card 60 overlay each other to create one set of red/blue dice and 1 cavalry figure. Defender wins. Attacker loses two armies.
Season 1 Card #060 - Celebration 1-414141414144144441-1 4-44444444111111111114-3 None 1 Cavalry Red: 6, 3, 1 Blue: 6, 4 This card and card 58 overlay each other to create one set of red/blue dice and 1 cavalry figure. Defender wins. Attacker loses two armies
Season 1 Card #063 - The Next Generation 3-34-1 2-414441141-1 063shape.png        
Season 1 Card #090 - Also Known As 4-4444444443.5-1 3-433333334-2 None 3 Infantry Red: 4, 4, 3 Blue: 6, 3 Attacker and defender lose an army each.
Season 1 Card #094 - Prime Rhyme Crime 2-4111111441-2 1-1114112321-1 094shape.png       Numbers are vertical.
Season 1 Card #096 - Castle in The Sky 1-222233332-4 3-44411414441444112.5-4 096shape.png        
Season 1 Card #136 - Bling Bunny 3-2333234-1 4-143334-3 136shape.png       Numbers are vertical.
Season 1 Card #156 - Going Dotty 2-111221111112-4 2-2232-4 None       Numbers are vertical. This card has writing revealed under a black light. See below.
Season 1 Card #188 - Hybridization 4-11122221412234-2 2-21121111221-4 188shape.png       Numbers are across from each other in one line.
Season 1 Card #191 - My Dear Watson 2-11444444444411111111444-2 1-344411444443-1 191shape.png        
Season 1 Card #192 - Pronunciation 3-3333322333332-4 1-444444114411112-1 192shape.png        
Season 1 Card #203 - Ecliptic 4-33223333234-4 3-11144144144443-3 None       Numbers are vertical.
Season 1 Card #218 - The World 2-4444433333323-2 1-44334-3 218shape.png        
Season 1 Card #222 - Instigator 4-1414411122-2 3-34433333432-4 222shape.jpg       Numbers are vertical.
Season 1 Card #235 - Circuitous 1-4444444434444444444443-4 4-222233332222.5-1 235shape.png        
Season 1 Card #236 - Swarms 4-4333223323-3 3-2112223-2 None        
Season 1 Card #237 - Roaming Identity 3-3333334433334-1 2-1222323-2 237shape.png       Numbers are vertical. This card has micro-printing on it: "otpaaworldtdnia 1.56.29".
Season 1 Card #250 - Manoeuvers 4-3322333333333332-1 1-343-2 250shape.png       The number string 1-343-2 is in a bold font.
Season 1 Card #253 - Sightseeing 1-1111211112-4 2-111114441114114-1 253shape.png