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Article - 'MTCIII - Episode 6' by Mateui

An item about Miscellanious posted on Dec 22, 2004

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Entitled: Puzzles with Puzzling People
The remaining 5 players participate in two puzzling challenges, questioning Mateui's sanity at one point in the process. One more player is eliminated, leaving the remaining final four.

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Making the Cut III: Episode 6
By: Mateui
Episode 6: Puzzles with Puzzling People
5 People.. one EPM..

Remaining Players:
Chikochamp
Logan
Mr. Y
TheCreeper
WuJing

Executed Players:
UPRC
Finality
Moriason
Illness Illusion
OwlStorm


Current Pot:
250 Points



Legend:
Blue Text: A Player confessional/private thoughts from Journal.
Courier Font: Assignment/Task info given to the players.



Voice Over: Ten unlikely strangers.. living in a secluded hotel. They will be participating in challenges to raise the game’s pot – Post points. The winner of the game will receive this amount, and it will be added to their GW account. They will also be awarded GW Supporter Status.

However, it’s not as simple as that. One of the ten is secretly a saboteur, a double agent, working with the Host to lower the pot by misleading others and sabotaging the challenges. They are the elusive Evil Puppet Master. (EPM for short).

At the end of each round, the players will take a quiz on the identity of the EPM. The player with the lowest score will be executed, being eliminated from the game. In the end, only 3 will remain, the Loser, the Winner, and of course, the Evil Puppet Master.

You as the reader can also play along, by trying to discern who may be sabotaging the challenges, and deceiving others. Perhaps you can figure out the true identity of the EPM before anyone else.

Let us begin..




*The players assembled together once again in the Lounge, noticing for the first time how many players have left. There were now only 5 of them left..*

Mateui: Before you receive your task info, I will privately ask each of you to give me a number between 1 and 720.

*The players thought about their choice for a few seconds, and then each person gave his number to the host.*

Mateui: Alright. Thank you. This is how this next challenge will play out.

The numbers you have given me privately have been added up by a computer, and have been averaged. You will each go back to your room, and log onto your computer. Your task will be to send me a private message.

For each person that post within 15 minutes before the time and 15 minutes after the time, 10 points will be added to the pot, for a maximum of only 30. However, the person closest to the average time will receive an exemption. For every player that does not PM me at all, or who completely misses the window of opportunity, 5 points will be deducted from the pot.

Understood? Good. Please head out to your rooms.

*The players and the host left the Lounge, and went into separate rooms. Many minutes past, and eventually hours, and soon, the time limit was up. Everyone was called to the Lounge for the results.*

Mateui: TOTAL:
1681

AVERAGE:
336.2 = 336

STARTING TIME: 5:28

END TIME: 11:04

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY: 10:49 PM - 11:19 PM

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RECEIVED PMS:
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WuJing: 09:47:14 PM
Logan: 12:21:47 AM
Mr. Y: 11:05:13 AM
TheCreeper: NOTHING
Chikochamp: NOTHING

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OVERALL RESULT:
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No one PMed within the Window of Opportunity, therefore, 0 points were added to the pot. However, WuJing was the closest, with 1 hour 2 min. from the Window of Opportunity. Logan was also close, but with 1 hour and 3 min. Tough luck.

WuJing wins an exemption.

TheCreeper: No offense, but that challenge sucked. Way to confusing for my little brain.

Logan: I'm inclined to agree. But, hey, what are you gonna do..

Chikochamp: Oh well, sorry guys, I couldn't come on at all for this challenge. I wouldn't have made a difference anyway - that Window of Opportunity time is like 5am here :P

Mateui: Before you guys head back to your rooms, I’d like you all to perform a little task of dividing each other up.

You will need to divide into 2 groups. One group of 3, another of 2, based on the following criteria:

- Those who are GOOD at puzzles
- Those who are NOT good at puzzles.

*The players divided themselves into 2 groups, and headed back up to their rooms. Some logged onto their computer and sat waiting for the next challenge to start.. others decided to take a nap instead.*

*A few minutes later, Mateui logged onto his computer and started the challenge.*

Mateui: Here is the challenge info:

Both groups are given 4 riddles. They must solve these in numerical order, and are only allowed to skip a riddle 3 times in total. That is, if one group skips 2 times, the other group may only skip once. One group may even skip 3 questions, and the other none. The two separate groups will not know how many skips are left, and if the other team used one or not. However, the groups will be notified when there are no skips left.

In total, both groups have 1 hour to solve the riddles. For each incorrect guess that they post as a final answer, 5 minutes will be deducted from the remaining time.


*On one team, the GOOD team, Chikochamp was only present. On the BAD team, only Logan and Mr. Y were present.*

*Both teams received Riddle 1*

Mateui: A snail is at the bottom of a 20 meters deep pit. Every day the snail climbs 5 meters upwards, but at night it slides 4 meters back downwards. How many days does it take before the snail reaches the top of the pit?

Logan: Easy. The on the 20th day.

Mateui: INCORRECT.

Logan: >_
*Meanwhile, on the other team, Chikochamp took a guess.*

Chikochamp: Day....16? :( This is hard.

Mateui: CORRECT!

Riddle 2: A man decides to buy a nice horse. He pays $60 for it, and he is very content with the strong animal. After a year, the value of the horse has increased to $70 and he decides to sell the horse. But already a few days later he regrets his decision to sell the beautiful horse, and he buys it again. Unfortunately he has to pay $80 to get it back, so he loses $10. After another year of owning the horse, he finally decides to sell the horse for $90.

What is the overall profit the man makes?


*On the BAD team, Mr. Y guessed the correct answer of 16. The BAD team then received the second riddle.*

Chikochamp: Final Answer: 20.

Mateui: CORRECT!

*Meanwhile..*

Logan: Ha ha! He’s like a pimp!

Mr. Y: XD

Logan: 20 Bucks.

Mateui: CORRECT!

*Both teams now received the 3rd riddle.*

Riddle 3: Given the following sentences:
The number of times the digit 0 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 1 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 2 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 3 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 4 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 5 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 6 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 7 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 8 appears in this puzzle is _____.
The number of times the digit 9 appears in this puzzle is _____.

Give me ONE solution of this puzzle.


Logan: Yay. What.. the.. Hell...?

*On the other team..*

Chikochamp: O_O.

*Minutes passed.*

Chikochamp: I think I’m getting it.. No.. SKIP!

*Meanwhile, Logan and Mr. Y were working diligently on the riddle.*

Logan: Got it. 1,7,3,2,1,1,1,2,1,1

Mr. Y: :D

Mateui: CORRECT!

*Both teams now received the final riddle.*

Riddle 4: “You must try looking for a koala. Why, you ask? That’s silly, isn’t it? Oh no Watson, a rainbow is floating on high sky! How can I work out this paragraph? You try! I’m in no doubt that you can do it! If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. It’s hard isn’t 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? Vivi from Final Fantasy IX must know! Why don’t you ask him? No doubt, if you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows? Go to work and try your skill. Good luck! And watch your back! An individual may try to impair you in your group right now..”

Chikochamp: Lay off the damn crack Mateui. What the hell am I supposed to do here?

*Meanwhile..*

Logan: (I think Mat is high =\)

Mr. Y: I’m confused.. ;_;

Logan: This riddle is hard, for being on the "bad at riddles" team.

Mr. Y: It would be easier if I knew what I was trying to figure out o.o

Logan: Yeah, where’s the rest of it?

Mateui: That is the whole thing. Any solutions yet?

Logan: Kinda. We're trying to count the letters... every 6th. But I can't focus on it and keep losing it… Nope, didn't work =(

Mr. Y: sofayTinsisii ...I got NOTHIN >:

*Suddenly, TheCreeper logged on and joined the team.

TheCreeper What's going on.

Logan: It's a stupid challenge where we have to solve this riddle.

*Logan reposted the riddle* (Mateui is high)

Logan: Ha ha.

TheCreeper Why didn't I receive any of this shit?

Logan Dunno.

Mr. Y: We're looking for a Koala?

TheCreeper> I guess.

I dunno.

Logan ..I guess =\ No idea..

TheCreeper Because it went on when I wasn't here. So I have no clue what's going on.

TheCreeper Fuck the points.

Logan But we earned like.. 25 or so.

TheCreeper I don't care.

Logan How long do we have?

TheCreeper Points are worthless if you don't win the game.

Mateui You have about 20/25 min. left

Logan Heh. Hmm.. Alright.

Mr. Y Argh

TheCreeper This paragraph is confusing. Don't mind me if I don't exactly put forth a big effort into solving it. * TheCreeper isn't really concerned with points right now.* I'm still angry that WuJing broke my streak of exemption. I would've much rather had Logan break it. Not that bastard.

Mr. Y: Ok Mat

Logan We might have it..

Mr. Y: Alright, the answer is -> There are no letter 'e's in the paragraph

Mateui> Final answer?

Mr. Y Yeah

Logan Aye.

TheCreeper FINGERS CROSS.

Logan Come on =P

Mateui INCORRECT!!!!!!!!!!

*<_<... >_>... >_
Mateui Just kidding!

TheCreeper Oh well... lol

Mateui CORRECT!

Logan You son of a... Ha ha.

Mateui Congrats

TheCreeper Yay, the team got points.

Mateui 35 points have been added to the pot.

*Meanwhile, Chikochamp solved the riddle by himself quite easily, stating that he already faced a similar riddle before.*

TheCreeper Yippie skipppie. That's 70.

Mr. Y:D!!!!!!!!!!!

TheCreeper From the good and thebad.

Mateui Yes, perfect results

Logan Nice.

*The players logged off their computers and started preparing for their quiz.*




WuJing: This round went fast. I missed a whole challenge, which made me feel really bad. I had family things to attend to.

I'm really starting to wonder if there is no EPM at all. Its fairly evident that everyone is putting to much of an effort to find the epm. I hope this doesn't become some cheesy "The epm is within all of you" kinda deals.

The creeper has calmed down in attitude completly now. I think he is the most likely to be EPM now though, because of the amount of effort he put into ticking everyone off and stirring the pot.

I was lucky and won the the exemption in the "timing is everything" challenge. Very lucky. Its the first exemption I won, and it finally broke TheCreepers exemption streak.

Overall, a good round had by all... except I wasn't there for half of it :\.

Chikochamp: Wow, here am I am. Round 6. 5 people have been eliminated, and none of them are me. That's sort of cool. I never really expected to make it this far. There's so few people left...I just did my Player Files for the last round, and it feels so weird to have so few entries.

But, anyway. OwlStorm got executed in the last round. I doubt this came as a major shock to anyone, least of all herself. Nobody thought she was the EPM, and she wasn't integrated enough to know who the EPM is. I still don't know how she was so active in MTC2.

However, OwlStorm's departure, while not surprising, still marks a major point in the game, for me at least. With her gone, everyone remaining in the game is a suspect. She was the last person who wasn't pinging my EPM radar. So, now the game gets interesting. No matter who gets executed, it'll be a surprise, and a revelation. Unless it's me, of course :P





Quiz 6:

1) What is the EPM’s favourite Admin in GW?
A) Bart
B) DarkPriest
C) Faust
D) Pyrate
E) Legacy001

2) What is the EPM’s least favourite Admin in GW?
A) Bart
B) DarkPriest
C) Faust
D) Pyrate
E) Legacy001

3) What is the EPM’s height?
A) Under 5’
B) 5’1”-5’6’’
C) 5’7”-5’12”
D) Over 6’

4) What is the EPM’s weight?
A) 10 stone
B) 160 lbs
C) 145 lbs
D) Between one hundred, ninety and two hundred, twenty
E) 175 lbs

5) In Challenge 9, Assassinations All Around, what role did the EPM play? (Round1/Round2)
A) Townsperson/Townsperson
B) Assassin/Townsperson
C) Angel/Townsperson
D) Townsperson/Angel
E) Townsperson/Assassin
F) Angel/Assassin
G) Something not listed here.

6) In Challenge 10, Guard Your Post, what role did the EPM play?
A) A Defender
B) An Attacker

7) In Challenge 10, Guard Your Post, how many times did the EPM defend?
A) 0 times
B) 1 time
C) 2 times
D) 3 times
E) 4 times
F) 5+ times
G) The EPM was the Attacker

8) In Challenge 11, what number did the EPM submit?
A) 12
B) 282
C) 2
D) 666
E) 719

9) What group was the EPM part of in Challenge 12, Group Riddles?
A) The Good Group
B) The Bad Group
C) The EPM did not show up

10) Who is the EPM?
A) TheCreeper
B) Mr. Y
C) Logan
D) Chikochamp
E) WuJing

Good luck

*The remaining 5 players took the quiz, and when they were all finished, they gathered in the Execution Chamber.*






Mateui: Welcome to the sixth execution of the game.

One by one, I will type your name into my computer, and shortly thereafter, an image will appear. If it is a GREEN thumbprint, this means that you have survived onto the next round. If it is a RED thumbprint, this means that you have been executed by the Evil Puppet Master, since you scored lowest on your quiz.

*Mateui begins to type a name.*

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I am sorry Chikochamp, but you have been executed by the Evil Puppet Master.

Chikochamp: Oh well, *sigh*. I really wanted to win :( Anyway, good luck to the rest of you. Aaand....ehn, I really don't have much to say. I'm disappointed, but I never really got a good solid idea of who the EPM was, so I can't say I'm too surprised. I'll be looking forward to finding out who the EPM is!

Mr. Y: Sorry to see you go Chiko...

But wow! Final four! Kool beans B)

TheCreeper: Whew.

I thought it was gonna be me when all the names scrolled.

*Chikochamp picked up his bags and left the hotel. With only 4 players remaing, soon the game would be over.. but not without a few more twists and turns. A lot more is in store for our final four.*


- Mat