Microsoft Puzzle Hunt Bonus (4/4): MESSENGER by Thomas Snyder

See these earlier posts 1, 2, and 3 for the other Microsoft Puzzle Hunt challenges

Puzzle PDF

Author/Opus: This is the 433rd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

1. How do I get started? Pbafvqre gur fvatyr pryy ahzorerq fdhnerf dhvgr pnershyyl gb uryc svther bhg jung xvaq bs chmmyr guvf vf.
2. How do I solve this? Guvf vf n UVQNGB chmmyr jvgu ahzrevpny pbafgenvagf nf va n GbzGbz/Pnyphqbxh npebff pryyf. Sbe rknzcyr, gur 8÷ pntr pbagnvaf n 3 naq 24 (nf 24/3 = 8).
3. How do I get a final answer? Gur sbhe ? fdhnerf pbagnva gur inyhrf 46, 73, 85, naq 97 va fbzr beqre. Ohg gurfr inyhrf jba’g or nf vzcbegnag gb svavfu gur chmmyr nf gur cngu gb trg guebhtu gurz.

Solution: PDF

Answer String: Enter the final answer (a word or phrase) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS without spaces to confirm. There may be intermediate answer phrases that are not the final answer; our answer checker is not able to send the message “Keep going” like the Microsoft Hunt solving software does so if you do not see what you expect, treat it like “Keep going” and potentially send an email to us or watch out for hints.

  • Jonah says:

    Loved all of your MSPH puzzles, but *especially* this one. Such a cool variant!

  • Avatar photo drsudoku says:

    Juvyr V unira’g jevggra zber zlfrys lrg, V qvq guvax gurer jnf tbbq cbgragvny gb znxr zber bs guvf fglyr bs chmmyr va gur shgher — fcvpvat hc n hfhnyyl qel traer.

    Trggvat guvf cbfg ba tzchmmyrf vf fgrc bar gb frrvat vs nal zber trg fhozvggrq.

  • Grizix says:

    And same style penpa aid as on the last:

  • L00ping says:

    I can’t solve what seems to be a Tomtom, I must miss something in the directives ! English is not my native language :-p So I’m not sure I got it right : 2 naq 3 cerfrag va gur ahzoref yvgf ? qvtvgf va pyhr pryyf unir gb or zvkrq, be erirefrq ? jung nobhg 0 gura ? Thanks for the help 🙂

    • Avatar photo drsudoku says:

      We just added hints to the puzzle and the first one should help you:
      Pbafvqre gur fvatyr pryy ahzorerq fdhnerf dhvgr pnershyyl gb uryc svther bhg jung xvaq bs chmmyr guvf vf.

  • L00ping says:

    Thanks ! I didn’t that kind of puzzle, the name is just what I needed 🙂
    Do you plan to make videos about how to solve these 4 hunts ? I’m curious about the logic path on this one, because I had to make a few guesses along the way, which turned to be the right ones. Let’s find the final answer now 😉

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