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The Grove
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valadaar's comment on 2008-04-24 10:44 AM
Does not quite work for me - it feels too much like a computer game puzzle to me. Go to Comment
The Grove
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knowman's comment on 2013-02-08 11:34 AM
Clever puzzle. Go to Comment
The Strange Parchment
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Barbarian Horde's comment on 2005-08-11 01:23 AM
The 'q' is there, buddy. Go to Comment
The Strange Parchment
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manfred's comment on 2005-08-09 06:30 AM
Certainly not (x comes to mind quickly), but E is the most often used letter in English. A bit insidious, but a nice puzzle.

This should go into Puzzles:
http://www.strolen.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1127 Go to Comment
The Strange Parchment
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manfred's comment on 2005-08-10 02:24 AM
In plain English, the letters e,j,v,x,z are missing - I'd really would like to see if they can be put together into something that makes sense. :) Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2005-08-09 07:16 AM
Well, add the missing letters beside E and it is a good puzzle. 4/5 on the puzzle-rank. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2005-08-12 09:57 AM
This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do this job without any hints or coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows? So don't act lax and lazy for it will avail you nothing. Go to work and try your skill. Good luck!

~AG Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2005-08-12 01:37 PM
This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do this job, though it is taxing, without any hints or coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows? So don't act lazy for it will avail you nothing. Go to work and try your skill. Good luck! Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-08-10 07:10 PM
Feel free to give it a whirl(Q is missing too, btw), I'd be interested to see what you come up with. "Valid" might fit in nicely(for V), perhaps the phrase "at this junction" to use a J word. X and Z... hrm... good luck! Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-08-11 01:37 AM
DOH! Wait, I never said it was missing. Nope. Wasn't me. I *neeeeeeever* said that. *shakes head in disbelief* LALALALALALAI'MNOTLISTENINGLALALALA... Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-08-12 04:40 AM
For "X", "wax nostalgic" maybe, somehow put that in there?
Still thinking on Z, something to put in there. Zaphod... well, maybe not... ;)

First sentance: "At this junction, wax nostalgic on this most unusual but valid paragraph." ??? Takes care of J, X and V. Might throw them off being a bit poetic for the rest of the thing...

HELP ON Z!!! Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-08-12 11:16 AM
Any way to separate the X and Z words a bit more? As it stands, it looks like they are intentionally placed(not entirely uncoincidentally). Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-08-12 03:11 PM
If that covers it(sans E, of course), I'll update the riddle to reflect that.

J=job
X=taxing
Z=lazy
V=avail

No E. I will update the riddle with that one, it looks good to me. Thanks to everyone for all their help! Go to Comment
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Roack's comment on 2005-08-09 06:25 AM
So it has every other letter? Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-02-23 06:35 PM
nifty brainteaser! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2006-09-06 06:54 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Ramhir's comment on 2010-09-19 07:13 PM
Great puzzle. Been a GM for 20+ years but this is the first time I've been on this site. Will be back often, I can tell. Go to Comment
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-07-17 03:39 AM


This is simply fiendish, a good puzzle. I always feel cheap when I have puzzles which revolve around the english language though, because in many RP settings there are dozens of languages. Who is to say Common is even something we can understand? Anyway, a minor quibble on a great work. 


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Strolen's comment on 2005-08-27 07:13 AM
Man, you had me going. I tend to overthink things and I just couldn't get over the horrible way in which the whole thing started, the end snapped me to attention with a great "ah, ha, so that is why." Thank you for that, was a pleasure being surprised.

I still don't think you give the thieve's guild enough credit. As soon as the herald started the guild would quickly be put in action to find this guy. The herald, being who he is, would know that as well so could time his deliverance of the message to the same time thieve's guild finding him. You know the guild will follow this herald wherever he goes so there won't be any grace period for this guy.

Why would the guild kidnap family when the tailor is just as easy (easier) to kidnap from the get go. After all he is just strolling around while his family is being kidnapped. Necessary for plot but fails common sense. Better to have him immediately seek sanctuary with the family and maybe the family gets kidnapped while the PCs are helping him escape or trying to claim the inheritance. I also don't think the guilds would ever think that Joshua killed other guild members, that doesn't pan out. He would be watched from 0 hour anyway so they would know exactly what he did.

Definately a fun one! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-07-25 03:45 AM
How come I have forgotten to vote on this? It can work with some proposed modifications. But if the herald stayed a bit more close-mouthed about the fortune, or found the tailor relatively fast, it could make the disputed parts more believable. Plus quickly running away, of course. :)

A nice plot you can have fun with. Go to Comment
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