Thanks for everyone who participated!

Good job for those who managed the complete the puzzle! There were 100 solvers (me included). I didn't even except that so many people will even bother trying to solve this in the first place. Those who couldn't finish all of them shouldn't feel bad either, it wasn't an easy task. I will probably do something similar in the future, so you'll have your chances once again!

Congratulation to the winners! I've sent out the keys, I hope everything will be fine.
Stay safe everyone!

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Hello there.

/a/So, looks like I'm forced between the 4 walls just like most of the world. Usually I wouldn't mind this but it's spring and I had plans that are/were foiled by the quarantine. Guess it's hard on everyone. Having something to play with might help, so can I offer you a puzzle in these trying times? Zigzag through the train and maybe you'll find at least 1 game you like. (But don't expect big games, these are just leftovers. But I do hope there will be someone who will be glad for them.)

The giveaways end on 16th of April so you have 10 days to solve the puzzle. The first few are level 0s but the needed levels / rules will be increasing later on. There are 30 carts (29 games) altogether.

EDIT: If you have trouble with the passwords maybe try using another browser or if you use extensions turn them off, maybe it helps.

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Reserved for hints (if they are needed).

EDIT 1: Ups, I [quack] up something. Small edits were made.

EDIT 2: I'll add little hints tomorrow but until then I'll let think you a bit more.

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The answers:
Q1: "John Titor" - If you reverse google searched my profile picture you probably instantly get the answer.
Q2: "98" - You just had to add and subtract a few times.
Q3: "yes" and "no" were both acceptable answers. The question asked if you could solve it not for the solution itself. By the way, the solution is something like 2 + 2 ln x, I think.
Q4: "small elephants" - Big elephants can always understand small elephants. It's a mnemonic to remember how to spell because.
Q5: "nothing" - The poor have nothing, the rich need nothing, and if you eat nothing you'll die.
Q6: "Yes. No. Maybe. I don't know." - The famous song's lyrics continuous with "Can you repeat the question?" so you just had to repeat the question itself.
Q7: "I thought not." - After you solved the jigidi it showed you a quote from Star Wars III. The answer was the next line from the quote. (I mean, the next line from the same person because Anakin's "no" would have been the very next sentence. But the memes usually skip that so I skipped it too.) "Ironic." was also acceptable because of the memes and for laughs. Fairly sure someone solved it with that. :D (Also, not having a period was also acceptable.)
Q8: "Hey, you! Finally awake..." - The infamous PW1. This was kinda tricky. You had to find the hidden letters in the description. The bold ones were: rGHZ1BI. But in the beginning there was also /a/ in spoilers. So you got /a/rGHZ1BI if you found everything. This is a part of an imgur url. If you put it after "https://imgur.com" you get a picture with a description, and in the description is the answer. Finding PW2 could help with this because it used the same hiding place but you had to find the way there in a different way.
Q9: "He chose the path of perpetual torment. In his ravenous hatred he found no peace." - PW2. There was a picture (titled spring) at the end of the post. If you opened it in a new tab and deleted the ".jpg" part you could find the picture's description which was the passphrase.
Q10: "yes"

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the 2 hidden passwords are the real bosses here

1 month ago
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Hint 1: The 2 passwords are passphrases. They were hidden in similar ways.

1 month ago
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Well I found one, but not the other, so now I'm more confused. XD

1 month ago
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The passphrases are random characters or are they random words stringed together? I'm not really familiar with the concept of passphrases :(

1 month ago
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They are quotes from games.

1 month ago
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Hint 2: was added. What? Where?

1 month ago
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i found the hint, but that doesn't help me

1 month ago
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Hint 3: There is something weird with the description. You might find there something hidden probably.

1 month ago
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But to what? I thought Imgur post, but I'm getting a 404 when I plug in the bold letters. Is there something else that needs to be done to them?

1 month ago
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maybe don't spoil others the solution?

1 month ago
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Any other hint for the first password? I think I already tried every combination there.

1 month ago
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Did you find the second password? If you did and checked Hint 1 and 3 then you are probably looking in the right direction. Maybe use F12 when checking the description so you don't miss anything. But I might add another hint, I just got an idea for it.

1 month ago
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The problem is that the letters don't do anything. I tried the usual sites, and all I get is a "content removed" or link not existing. I have no idea what other sites I should try. And yes, I got the 2nd password, I know the trick. It just doesn't work with the hidden letters.

1 month ago
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Maybe you didn't use every character.

1 month ago
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Same here. I wrote the eight characters everywhere and still no use.

1 month ago
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Oh, I finally got it. It's a whole lot easier. I think you also have all what you need, just think very simple.

1 month ago
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Maybe the quote is from a game I don't know, lol. To be honest right now I'm more curious for the answer than for the giveaway.

1 month ago
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Honestly, I'm still having the same problem you had, for days now. Everything else was pretty easy to solve, but these characters, with or without the one in spoiler tags, just don't form a working URL, no matter how I arrange them. Searching the description with F12 (never understood how this helped) or Ctrl+U also doesn't reveal anything I don't already see with the naked eye and hovering mouse

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is there a chance you'd give a hint for Q7? C:

1 month ago
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It's hard to give a hint but don't blatantly tell the answer. :D If you know what the sentence is referencing you are pretty close to the answer.

1 month ago
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Thanks, it actually helped! :D

1 month ago
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Q3: I had solved math correctly, but my answer wasn't accepted. And I have actually found supposed answer ("yes") by myself, but too late =)))
Q6: I had found the next line from the song, but I hadn't understand what to do after that.
Both Q3 and Q6 are wonderful, thanks!
Q8 and Q9: the puzzles are elegant, but maybe it was somehow more difficult to me, because of absolute absence of experience with imgur.com (so no way to know about the option to delete ".jpg"). The part with url I have got right, but not the actual site. Still, I could find these answers, but I hadn't. Maybe I'll be lucky next time.
Congratulations with creating this exceptional brain training!

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Bump for solved.

1 month ago
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Well, I'm missing the passwords, but I'll come back and try again later.

1 month ago
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+1 and the one with the Malcolm in the Middle

1 month ago
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Yeah, me too. Know the reference in terms of the show, as well as the song/band/etc., but can't seem to come up with the answer it's looking for. So frustrating.

1 month ago
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You're thinking too hard. The question is simple. If you know the song, just keep going ;)

1 month ago
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I tried the next line, with and without ending punctuation...thing still hates me. :D :D :D

(I also tried the repeated chorus line, the title, the band name, the title and band name, the band name and title :D)

1 month ago
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I don't know if you have already figured it out but you are close.

1 month ago
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I finally got it! Now if I can just figure out the jigidi thing and the two passwords... 😖🤣🤣🤣

1 month ago
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Lucky you. :D

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1 month ago
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man, now I feel dumb ;)

1 month ago
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Haha well welcome to my life. Still feeling dumb on the Jigidi and passwords because I know for sure I'm overthinking it.
How can trying so hard make us feel so dumb?

1 month ago
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they are actually really easy if you know what to do ;)

1 month ago
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Heh they usually are when you know what to do

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sorry, but for advanced calculus my school time is way too long ago... also the fact that i am drunk doenst help ....
xD

1 month ago
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just solved the jigidi and now I don't know what to do

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Same.

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Yeah, same here. I understand the reference, but nothing that I use associated with it seems to work.

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just keep trying

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edit

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same here

1 month ago
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The hint is on the question that is easy, maybe you can add some later.

1 month ago
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I'll give some hints tomorrow. For now I'll just say don't overthink them. (Or just think a bit outside of the box.)

1 month ago
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Found password 2, but no clue what to do with it yet. Also tried loads of stuff to find password 1 hmm. Q6 has me stumped as well, tried loads of things again haha. But I enjoy the puzzle, I like the variety in it so good job for your first puzzle.

1 month ago
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I tried
Ominous Octopus Omnibus
Whatever Comes To Hand
Dick Tracy Meets Rhodent Pt. II
but nothing I am stuck

1 month ago
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Bump for solved. That was fun and haaaard, I had at least 50 wrong guesses! XD
Thank you!!

1 month ago
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Q6: Found possible answers, none accepted though.
Q7: Solved the Jigidi, found out what the Jigidi message is about, but same as above, no answer accepted.
Q8/9: Found something which could be a (random) password, but the password wasn't accepted, and using it as part of a .... didn't work either.

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+1

1 month ago
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Stuck on 7 as well.

1 month ago
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*edit: stuck on Q7

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Bump for solved.

1 month ago
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I'm only missing 1 password. I'm sure it's not that hard.I tried few things but right now I just simply can't find the correct answer XD

1 month ago
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These passwords are really hard

1 month ago
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bump for solved
I was overthinking

1 month ago
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Bump for solved! + Thanks for the giveaways.

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Bump for solved, Q6 takes me most of the time :p

1 month ago
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Bump.

1 month ago
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Just left with the passwords. Number 6 was clever.

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Just seeing this helped, thanks.

1 month ago
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same here
edit: just got pw 2

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Bump for solved!

1 month ago
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Thanks for the puzzle.

1 month ago
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Bump.

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Ah! I'm missing the first password!! I tried it all, but what does the letter in the spoiler tag mean? You don't mean the subboard on THAT site, do ya? :D

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Yes. No. Maybe... (。・ω・。)

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I enjoyed this. Have a bump for solved..
The last one I got was Yes. No. Maybe. I don't know.

So it goes to show that the difficulty is inevitably different for the different players.

Also thank you for the truly excellent train including at least one of my wishlisted games.

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Yep, I got the passwords relatively easily, but have been bumping my head against questions 6 & 7 since yesterday. I finally solved #6 in a bout of inspiration and #7 after exhaustively trying everything that came to mind.

Anyway, thanks to the freshduke for the puzzle and the gibs! 😄

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