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Started by Freddy Jacobi, July 11, 2018, 09:10:49 AM

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Podaar

Quote from: robwebster on July 12, 2018, 09:08:45 AM
I'm looking into Gronsfeld now, apparently you combine a string of letters with a string of numbers and the numbers move the letters along. (So string FFFFF with code 54321 would produce ABCDE... I think!)

I feel like the numbers in the URL (84552723) look like they could be a decryption key - any ideas of gibberish to run through it? IHTHTB doesn't produce anything (nor would I expect it to now that a TH has disappeared) and it doesn't really make any sense for the string to be shorter than the number, but maybe if I add the "CD" from twitter?

If that's the decryption key then:

     IHTHTB = ADOCRU
     IHTB = ADOW

:dunno:

erwinrafael

Solved it.

Decrypt OpfxuWtlass with the key 84552723

We come up with GLASSPRISON

Podaar

That works, but where did you get "OpfxuWtlass"  :lol

erwinrafael

Quote from: Podaar on July 12, 2018, 09:30:21 AM
That works, but where did you get "OpfxuWtlass"  :lol

From the reddit account :p

erwinrafael

So now with GLASSPRISON...what's next?  :lol

robwebster

Quote from: erwinrafael on July 12, 2018, 09:28:29 AM
Solved it.

Decrypt OpfxuWtlass with the key 84552723

We come up with GLASSPRISON
amazing work!!

robwebster

While we're looking for places to put our GlassPrison - CD Longish Favourite sounds like a riddle.

The Killing Hand is a Charlie Dominici longish favourite. It'd be a bit of a vague answer though so probably isn't right

erwinrafael

#77
I think Glass Prison is what CD Longish Prefer refers to a favorite from the long CD.

Freddy Jacobi

CD longish prefer is an anagram for gronsfeld cipher

erwinrafael

Quote from: Freddy Jacobi on July 12, 2018, 10:07:03 AM
CD longish prefer is an anagram for gronsfeld cipher

Well...patience is a virtue I guess?  :lol

Podaar

The speculation in this thread must be a real crack-up for Freddy!  :lol

Another_Won

Quote from: erwinrafael on July 12, 2018, 09:37:29 AM
So now with GLASSPRISON...what's next?  :lol

Would that be the password for the next website?

lucasembarbosa

There'll be a point where we'll decode things before Jacobi post them here  :metal

erwinrafael


robwebster

#84
Quote from: Podaar on July 12, 2018, 10:13:16 AM
The speculation in this thread must be a real crack-up for Freddy!  :lol
I know right? I feel like I’ve got an encouraging but weary parent.

As far as I’m aware we’ve got...

Solved mysteries

  • URL in JLB picture: ROT13s to Freddy’s twitter profile
  • Vail Renovations: Phone number provides first quiz question, contacting via email provides first secret link
  • Numbers in URL: Gronsfeld cipher
  • Nonsense in reddit profile: Becomes GlassPrison with gronsfeld cipher (probably second password)
  • CD longish prefer: was clue for gronsfeld cipher

Unresolved
  • clue from second picture (foot pedal with T in the top right)
  • IHTB (or briefly IHTHTB)
  • spelling of Vail (may be nothing)

Anything I’ve missed? I feel like we should be keeping track of these somewhere. Also, has anyone tried calling the number again - maybe the message has changed?

robwebster

Quote from: erwinrafael on July 12, 2018, 10:26:47 AM
Found Jacobi on Google Plus

https://plus.google.com/117217273889605433199
Good catch! I bet he’s got a Facebook too.

Also - Google Plus still exists! Who knew?

ETA: He does not have a Facebook. Unless he is German and has packed in the renovations business.

jonny108

Quote from: robwebster on July 12, 2018, 10:26:56 AM
Anything I've missed? I feel like we should be keeping track of these somewhere. Also, has anyone tried calling the number again - maybe the message has changed?

There's the hidden by design picture that's still unresolved as well.  Loving this whole treasure hunt  :metal

erwinrafael

Hidden By Design would be an amazing album title.

Salies

Quote from: robwebster on July 12, 2018, 10:26:56 AM
Anything I've missed? I feel like we should be keeping track of these somewhere. Also, has anyone tried calling the number again - maybe the message has changed?

Hyrul from the Reddit/Discord created a GDoc to keep track of the most important advancements, though only some guys can edit it.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yyYIIDp6UxuMm6jXpEkV9NfL4gYf1BBvXFyo6uk4Z2s

By the way, we should make sure that we're collaborating to obtain better results, this is, let's make sure that we're all looking at the Reddit, Discord, Forums, any DT community in fact, so we can unite for better and faster advancements. This way we can prevent losing time on discovering something that someone else, elsewhere, already did.

T-ski

I feel like a Goonie.

mikeyd23

Quote from: Salies on July 12, 2018, 10:50:28 AM
Hyrul from the Reddit/Discord created a GDoc to keep track of the most important advancements, though only some guys can edit it.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yyYIIDp6UxuMm6jXpEkV9NfL4gYf1BBvXFyo6uk4Z2s


This is really great and a good idea.

Salies

#91
Is anybody here an WordPress user? I wanted to know if WP automatically creates a random name for images or if it uses the original name of the file. That's because some guys at the Discord were thinking that, maybe, 01_rcig4bi9avo7ocekednk (the filename of JP's pedal image) is a somehow a hint.

I'm also trying to look for encryption patterns in 01_rcig4bi9avo7ocekednk. Like, Base64 has the ==, so maybe 01_ is something. That's not likely to be true, though, since Jacobi gave us the name of the encrypt method he used. Decrypting 01_rcig4bi9avo7ocekednk with Gronsfeld gives us nothing, btw, at least not with the 84552723 key (it actually outputs JYDBZBYSGKXZIXBKC, but that doesn't seem to mean anyting).

EDIT: Other images in the website are name with "logical" names, like https://vailrenovations84552723.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/demo.jpg, so maybe 01_rcig4bi9avo7ocekednk indeed means something. And before anybody points out that in this image there's a paper on the window, yeah I've seen it, but that img seems to come from a stock, so it probably means nothing.

Nathan Explosion

#92
Not that it's really relevant to the puzzle.

But if Vail Renovations is a real company, Freddy could be the one who may have done renovation work in the past on the studio they're in now and his trusted friend is the owner of the studio, who's onsite providing the clues.

theanalogkid7

Do we think the writing on the big yellow pad that JLB is pointing at means anything?

DreamerTV

Quote from: theanalogkid7 on July 12, 2018, 12:19:22 PM
Do we think the writing on the big yellow pad that JLB is pointing at means anything?

I'm almost sure it does.

pg1067

Quote from: jonny108 on July 12, 2018, 10:45:10 AM
Quote from: robwebster on July 12, 2018, 10:26:56 AM
Anything I've missed? I feel like we should be keeping track of these somewhere. Also, has anyone tried calling the number again - maybe the message has changed?

There's the hidden by design picture that's still unresolved as well.

Is that really part of it (since it was posted on the DT FB account)?  It seems like everything else has come from one of Freddy's social media accounts, as opposed to an "official" DT source.

By the way, I wonder if there is something to the name itself:  "Freddy Jacobi."

Nathan Explosion

Quote from: pg1067 on July 12, 2018, 12:36:01 PM

Is that really part of it (since it was posted on the DT FB account)?  It seems like everything else has come from one of Freddy's social media accounts, as opposed to an "official" DT source.

By the way, I wonder if there is something to the name itself:  "Freddy Jacobi."

DT made the connection earlier today by posting to their FB the picture that Freddy posted first of James next to the sheet of paper, and saying a game was afoot.

I wonder about his name too.

bosk1

How do you know it isn't his real name?

fadetoblackdude7

I was never good at solving riddles, but I'm amazed that you guys can. I'm enjoying the results!

Hidden By Design would make an awesome title!

ddtonfire

Quote from: bosk1 on July 12, 2018, 12:47:50 PM
How do you know it isn't his real name?

Well, Jacobi is an incredibly famous mathematician, so he could have derived it from that.

bosk1

Quote from: ddtonfire on July 12, 2018, 01:02:51 PM
Quote from: bosk1 on July 12, 2018, 12:47:50 PM
How do you know it isn't his real name?

Well, Jacobi is an incredibly famous mathematician, so he could have derived it from that.

I'm not implying that it is or isn't his name (I know the answer because I know who he is).  I'm just asking the question.  Why would one assume that that isn't his (or...her?) actual name?

YtseJamittaja

I'm loving this game and this geeky athmosphere here! You are good!  :rollin

ddtonfire

Dammit Bosk!

So we can assume Freddy Jacobi and Pupp Socket may also be ciphers or clues themselves.

bosk1

You can assume anything you like.  :biggrin:

ddtonfire

QuoteAnd even more importantly; you have to make new friends.

I wonder if we have to add people on social media?