Regarding 20:

I managed to work all of it out except for:

How in the world do you get from "hearing choir of" to an equals sign? Yes, that's the only logical place for an equals sign to go (and yes it gives the right answer as a result) but I just don't see an "is" or "goes to" or "equals" or "becomes" anywhere in that phrase.

#22- maybe a thought here...:

I see the alphabet cipher, and get the anagram "prime thirty number" but there are two: 31 & 37, and concatenations or additions of those don't solve it.

I'm wondering if there's something to do with the way it was originally scrambled together to take 31 & 37 and somehow scramble them back up, or reuse the alphabet somehow?

Could someone explain the reasoning behind the answer to 23?

I got as far as the reveled phrase but and initially tried sec's then went to the actual computer "tick" 860,000,000,000 but when a fellow goon solved it using a brute force method and using divisors got an answer i don't see at all... I mean i get the divsor if its some "tick tock" reference but that aside the actual units make no sense

Hmm - stuck on 23:

I've tried counting out the # of seconds in a day, or halving that (to account for just the "ticks" and not the "tocks", then tried adding a "tick" sound for each minute + each hour's tick -- none of that seems to be working. Am I just missing a permutation of counting out a unit, or is it something else entirely?

Does anyone have any idea's on 24? As I think I echo at least a number of us over at SA that we have no idea where to go with it...

And as for 23:

I guess i can see where they got it from but still... It was in no way implied and honestly everyone i know who solved it ended up doing semi-random iterations until it was solved.

Paralyzed on #24:

**(7 & 10)**: If the numbers are indeed puzzle numbers (99 aside), maybe the &'s are for rule-applications? So 7 & 10 might mean I should "bin" KEYS IN PI AND A NO

**N(99 - 1)**: I don't think this is correct, but since 99 is the answer to #4, maybe somehow N(99 - 1) is puzzle #3. Should I "bin" SEA OF FIRE, etc.?

**(19 - 17)**: I have tried subtracting the letters in 17 from 19 (and again with the puzzles' intermediate phrases). I have also tried the "bin" strategy. Nothing.

Am I at all on the right track? I'm kind of hoping I'm not, because I have no idea where to go with the insanity above. It doesn't really sound right to me anyway.

Snickerdoodle, save room in the corner for my brain.

OK... 18, again.

I've got these anagrams:

Week Days

Half The Hours

Minutes

To me that says Number of Days In a Week (7)

Number of Hours in that - 168

Half that - 84

Minutes in that 84*60 = 5040

This is wrong. Trying the same changing the first line to weekdays instead, I get 3600, which is also wrong.

Now I've gone through the previous clues, and can't work out the problem. Help?

Okay, I'm honestly lost on number 14.

I know that:

I need to convert to ASCII

But I've tried several things, including:

Running it all together

- No luck

translating by line, then mashing it together

- still no luck

Translating it figure-by-figure... as in 11, then 10, then 11, etc and THEN mashing it all together

- still no luck.

I'm honestly getting fed up with the game. I've checked and double checked all the possibilities I could think of that made sense for that, and I'm getting tired of

punching numbers in to various translators

to check and see if it's right.

Could someone please just tell me precisely what to do? I've already read all the hints.

Thanks for the tip mb1910.

Now I am on the 25.

I noticed:

6, 7 and 8 are missing, but the combination of these three digits does not work.

and also

I also tried to find a pattern. There is five 2XX number, then two 31XX, then three 2XX, two 31XX and 1 2XX... but I don't know what to do with that... maybe to complicated to lead anywhere

#23 got it finally! (thanks to tonypa's hint and reading correctly the "hidden" additional information)

Regards from Kubrick's supercomputer from "2001: A Space Odyssey":

It's name was HAL. That's: IBM-1

So, what time is it now?

also read your current "Level-totalLevels" in the lower right corner as a time reference

#24: Thanks tonypa for the digit help and mb1910 for the good question! If you're still stuck, one more advice:

read out loud for yourself the content of the brackets ; don't try to do any fancy arithmetics, just read them as they are and meditate again on mb1910's question

I got 14

use this website http://www.cs.carleton.edu/faculty/adalal/teaching/f05/107/applets/ascii.html and then write all the numbers in one row of the puzzle, using spaces instead of dashes, and then click translate. Do this with each row and you'll find the code

Ugh. So many shenanigans and un-clued necessary information. No idea how some of these would have been solved without brute force or creator hints. Up to 26, thanks to the copious hints here.

24 hints:

N is a function.

& has a completely different meaning depending on if it's inside or outside of the parentheses.

N acts on each argument in parentheses individually, which are then concatenated to get a 3-digit number, per the creator's hint above.

25 hints:

Partitioning is a good thing

There is one partition type for "2" and one for "3", each making surprising sense.

Interpretation of the partitioned numbers sans the 2/3 prefix uses an earlier method.

Thoughts on 26

The multiple single letter "words" make a simple substitution cypher unlikely. As does the combination of EUU and MMX (even if you read it backwards, you're still stuck with an "eel" somewhere).

Not much in the way of patterns I can detect, but those Ys and Xes are screaming "look at me!".

Beyond that, I'm at a loss.

Anyone have a nudge in the right direction for me?

Breezed through 26--but that's because the solution method was something I'd tried on an earlier level (noted in an earlier comment!).

For those who are, inevitably, stuck: it's not a letter-for-letter substitution. Too many one-letter words, too many weird patterns like MMX.

Instead:

Each line is a word; each "word" is a letter.

Specifically,

You don't substitute letters for letters, but you do want to substitute something else for the letters.

And if it helps you figure it out:

EUU = O, and MMX = S.

Meanwhile, predictably stuck on 27. I know how I want it to work--but what's that 0 doing in there?

26 Thoughts:

Two things stick out

Worm and MMI. If worm is important, then maybe you need to look at it in a zig-zag manner? If MMI is important, then maybe this is a more complicated Roman Numeral puzzle. I'm leaning towards the latter, since there are lots of Roman Numerals (M,D,C,L,X,V,I), although I'm having trouble finding a way to arrange/combine them, since they break the implicit rule that a subtracter shouldn't be much smaller than the numeral it precedes. I tried taking each word as an isolated Roman numeral, then adding them together to get a wrong answer of 7436, but either my math or my approach is wrong. I also tried interpreting "worm" as taking the alternating sum (adding then subtracting then adding, etc.) to get what I think is 1954, but again it wasn't right.

OK, still needing help on 18.

The in game clue is:

Week Days

Half The Hours

Minutes

To me that says Number of Days In a Week (7)

Number of Hours in that - 168

Half that - 84

Minutes in that 84*60 = 5040

This is wrong.

Trying the same changing the first line to weekdays instead, I get 3600, which is also wrong.

Now I've gone through the previous clues, and can't work out the problem.

Help?

Finally got number 9, and 10 was cheesecake (I'd post help hints but dont know how to invis them)

Now I'm on 11 and my frontal lobe is killing me. I've searched the whole forum for hints and nothing is helping. I can grasp everything that previous posters have said about this one, but I'm not grasping it. P-p-p-please someone help with the answer.

Level 18 Help!

I know that it's

Week Days (which i took to mean 7 but have tried 5 too), Half the Hours (84 and 60 respectively) and minutes (5040 or 3600)

I've tried everything i can think of

I've added/strung them together/multiplied no luck. what am i missing? i thought it was 7845040 but that isn't working. boo.

James, RE: 25

There are couple of numbers which show up a LOT

Perhaps they're generally used not as numbers, but as delimiters

Something like this:

2xx2xx2xx3xxx3xxx2xx2xx3xxx3xxx

Ok, now that you've got a sequence of two and three digit numbers, what can you do with them?

Perhaps convert them to characters somehow?

Kinda suspicious that there are no single-digit numbers. Have you tried ASCII codes?

Should spell out a formula for you. Solve it.

Go back the board and you will find answer to 5 and 13.. just search