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Playing OldSchool Poi
Location: amsterdam
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:well folkies, in the good old tradition of "my job/life is boring, I need something to do with my time" internet solutions,
I present to you "The hardest riddle available on the internet".


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it is called not pron, and basically it's a combination of puzzles, riddles and a bit of computer knowledge:
it helps if you know some basics like 'URL' and 'source code'.
it has something like 90 levels, and the objective is to solve the riddle to get to the next level.
the official forum has a little too many spoilers on it for me, so I thought I'd start a thread here too.

on the start of my 3rd day, I'm in level 17 (16 was really hard) and I really don't consider myself a geek/nerd,
but I have made websites before, so that helped a lot.

their stats as of today are:
1508411 visitors have tried to solve the riddle since August 2004.
So far 173 people from 33 countries have completed it.
30 of them are women. The average age is 22 years.

have fun, appearently it might take weeks to finish, don't know if I will go that far.
(click the logo to go to their website, but if you couldn't even figure that one out, maybe you shouldn't play the game wink )


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:So I entered the door, then clicked on the first door and it said "the door is locked, trick it or find another way to level 3." I tried clicking on virtually every other pixel in the picture and there are no other clickable fields.

Either I'm missing something or this is the hardest puzzle ever by being downright impossible.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:I feel so thick, took me about 5 minutes to get past level 2...this is hard!



edit - How do you get past level 3? Geeze... nothign to click on or do... and the writing only flashes up for a split second...

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Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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Playing OldSchool Poi
Location: amsterdam
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:ubblol and that's only level 2!!!!!!!

ok, a little hint: you should get a pop up if you try to open the second door (the door handle). read it carefully and look for more clues.
there are clues hidden on the pictures, in the pages, on the title of the page, in the URL or in the scource code. not all at the same time though.


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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PyroWill
PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines
Member Since: 4th Aug 2004
Total posts: 4437
Posted:im stuck on level 6

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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Playing OldSchool Poi
Location: amsterdam
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:level 6 : clue is in the source code
I'm still on 17, driving me nuts ubbloco


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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PyroWill
PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines
Member Since: 4th Aug 2004
Total posts: 4437
Posted:what is a source code?

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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Cantus
Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965
Posted:there is no level 4. Or any subsequent levels.


My head hurts....


"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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fluffy napalm fairy
fluffy napalm fairy

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Brum / Dorset / Fairy Land
Member Since: 12th Dec 2001
Total posts: 3638
Posted:There is biggrin

Geologists do it in the dirt................ spank

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Playing OldSchool Poi
Location: amsterdam
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:Written by: PyroWill

what is a source code?



when you right-click in a webpage, you can "view source". this is the HTML script that makes up the page.
the clues are usually written within <!-- brackets like these --> because then it won't show up on the page itself, just in the source. sometimes you have to look for other irregularities though, as I said before: if you don't know this to start with (a little knowledge of html) then this could be an impossible riddle to solve.


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:grrrrrrr I'm stuck on level 7. confused Going to the pub quiz now, that's gonna be easier. ubblol

"vices are like genitals - most are ugly to behold, and yet we find that our own are dear to us."
(G.W. Dahlquist)

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Mint Sauce
veteran
Location: Lancs England
Member Since: 7th Sep 2003
Total posts: 1453
Posted:is not loading level 5 think i got the Coderight???

before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

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Playing OldSchool Poi
Location: amsterdam
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:AAAAARGH!!!!! I think I cracked 18 some time ago, but the website won't load, so it gives me error messages.

don't know if I'm right or wrong cos i can't test it....



yeah, level 7 was hard, I needed more clues because I really couldn't see what the object on the picture was. after that it got a bit easier.


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:Ug... I figured out level 4 but couldn't do it because my computer sucks. Maybe I'll try at work.

I had a feeling that would happen. frown


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Cantus
Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965
Posted:How the heck did PyroWill get to level 6 without cheating? Now I feel doubly stupid.

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:Written by: Cantus

How the heck did PyroWill get to level 6 without cheating? Now I feel doubly stupid.



yeah, especially because after saying he got there, he's asking what a source code is.... hmmmm. but getting to level 6 with only the use of google should be do-able and is not considered cheating


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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mtbeer
mtbeer

ARRRR!
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Member Since: 11th Aug 2004
Total posts: 529
Posted:This is annoying. After quite a few google hints I'm at #59

Something to do with the brain?


"My skin is singed but it heals my heart and with glowing pride I'll wear my scars." -Davey Havok

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My hairs on fire
My hairs on fire

If its got pistons or boobs, its gonna be expensive...
Location: Cyprus
Member Since: 21st Oct 2004
Total posts: 515
Posted:Sorry but iom quite obviously not smart enough to do this so i quit at 4!

Henry Hill - 'One day the kids from the neighbourhood carried my mothers groceries all the way home, you know why? It was out of respect'...

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Hope all is well : )

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Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:Written by: mtbeer

This is annoying. After quite a few google hints I'm at #59




ubblol YEAH RIGHT!!!!! no f**king way you got to 59 in just a couple of hours...

using google to find spoilers and passwords is called cheating!!!
then you're just not playing anymore...
I meant: use google to find out more about ascii, big bad voodoo daddy, morse, that kind of stuff.
playing the game for the game, not to win the price.
so you got there, but the big question is: did you have fun though?


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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mtbeer
mtbeer

ARRRR!
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Member Since: 11th Aug 2004
Total posts: 529
Posted:The message board has hints for some of the tougher ones. They don't give you the answers but they point you in the right direction. Some of them are nearly impossible without hints.

on to 63


"My skin is singed but it heals my heart and with glowing pride I'll wear my scars." -Davey Havok

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PyroWill
PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines
Member Since: 4th Aug 2004
Total posts: 4437
Posted:Written by: Cantus

How the heck did PyroWill get to level 6 without cheating? Now I feel doubly stupid.



I would have thought that answer was obvious, but if you can't figure out why then I guess your probably not ready for level 6 either ubblol one day young one, one day


An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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Rixatrix
Rixatrix

paranoid of gov't conspiracies
Location: USA
Member Since: 2nd Jul 2003
Total posts: 217
Posted:I go to 5 before I got bored with it! Not smart enough I guess!

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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:google is annoying, everytime you look for something perfectly innocent, within the first 10 links is a spoiler on some forum

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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:hints are cheating, if you don't think they are then you're playing a different game to those who figure stuff out themselves wink



I'm giving up at level 8, it's just far too annoying that you need google to play the game, yet there's so many spoilers which show up in the search results (even without having to click the link). I can see the game would have been a good idea to start with, but it's totally spoilt now frown


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Mr_Jedly
Mr_Jedly

member
Location: Perth, West Australia
Member Since: 29th Jan 2004
Total posts: 195
Posted:this riddle thing is good!
i got the name of the song but couldn't figure out what to do with it for ages :-P
up to 7 now... i like good riddles!


We don't stop playing because we grow old,
We grow old because we stop playing.

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Bubbles_
Bubbles_

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: mancunian
Member Since: 25th Nov 2004
Total posts: 3383
Posted:wow hahahaha, i love this site! jus started and on level 4, cheers! i think this is brilliant, its so simple when u realise what u have to do bounce ubbrollsmile

Disclaimer:im not responsible for what i say or do whether it be before,during and after drinking alcoholic substances (owned by BMVC).
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Virginity like bubble,one prick all gone.

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Playing OldSchool Poi
Location: amsterdam
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:Written by: flid

google is annoying, everytime you look for something perfectly innocent, within the first 10 links is a spoiler on some forum



bounce2 don't give up!!!!
so far (and I'm still on level 21) I've only had to google on 4, 5, 6 & 7.
after that the site it self and maybe some small programm to convert certain files into other files, are the only things needed. oh yeah, and a lot of time and hair pulling and common sense. biggrin


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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_Clare_
_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:Lol... sorry flid... post deleted... probably hours too late...



But hey, now my entire office is working on this instead of the paper. We're on level 8 so far.



One guy has got all the cheats though. No fun at all rolleyes

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Getting to the other side smile

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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:no, but it would be a spoiler if you were to post how you did the level on HoP and not delete it once someone had pointed it out wink

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Bubbles_
Bubbles_

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: mancunian
Member Since: 25th Nov 2004
Total posts: 3383
Posted:ubblol clap ditto wow maybe i sud cut down on the graemlins! stuck on 4 now grrrrr, i will do it!

Disclaimer:im not responsible for what i say or do whether it be before,during and after drinking alcoholic substances (owned by BMVC).
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mtbeer
mtbeer

ARRRR!
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Member Since: 11th Aug 2004
Total posts: 529
Posted:I wouldn't recommend using google for hints. You will only need it in a few key areas for general info. If you get completely stuck, hit up the pron message board for hints. You should only need a few pointers to get you back on track. Be warned, not all of pron is workplace safe wink



Finally cracked 81... on to level 0 and the negatives.


"My skin is singed but it heals my heart and with glowing pride I'll wear my scars." -Davey Havok

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