ecco come si è svolta la caccia ai segnali alieni…

Nella giornata di ieri vi abbiamo pubblicato il resoconto del ritrovamento di una nave aliena (Thargoids) precipitata su un pianetoide.. (qui l’articolo)… Ciò che mancava per capire totalmente questa “caccia al tesoro” erano le modalità con cui si sono decifrati i vari segnali che via via si svelavano… Per concessione della Cannon Interstellar, e della Dedalo Corp., che ci ha rilasciato il documento, vi mostriamo il dettaglio completo della soluzione al mistero!

[Nota di Redazione] Il documento è in inglese ma farne una traduzione rischierebbe di travisarne alcuni significati, quindi preferiamo lasciarla in originale, considerando che non è particolarmente difficile da comprendere…

On August 28th:
● Kohl, a Trader, will be arriving at Cail at 10.00 in a Red T9;
● Granger hangs around Apademak in a Yellow Asp;
● Dillon will be arriving at Apademak at 21.00 in a Cobra;
● The Explorer was last seen in system Pic Tok he return each day at Three PM GMT

Your ship’s clock is the most logical source of the time.

Gamma: THE RED TRADER WAS CARRYING FISH DURING THE INCIDENT

binary1

Binary:
00110111 00110001 00100000 00111000 00110011
00100000 00111000 00110110 00100000 00110011
00110010 00100000 00110111 00110011 00100000
00111000 00110110 00100000 00111000 00110111
00100000 00110011 00110010 00100000 00110111
00110001 00100000 00110111 00110011 00100000
00111001 00110000 00100000 00111000 00110111
00100000 00111000 00110110 00100000 00110111
00110011 00100000 00110011 00110010 00100000
00110110 00111000 00100000 00111001 00110000
00100000 00110111 00110010 00100000 00110011
00110010 00100000 00111000 00111000 00100000
00111001 00110000 00100000 00110111 00110011
00100000 00110111 00110011 00100000 00110110
00110110 00100000 00111000 00110010 00100000
00110111 00110111 00100000 00111000 00110100
00100000 00110011 00110010 00100000 00111000
00110101 00100000 00111000 00110010 00100000
00110111 00110010 00100000 00111000 00110011
00100000 00110011 00110010 00100000 00111000
00110111 00100000 00110111 00110000 00100000
00110111 00110011 00100000 00111000 00110010
00100000 00110111 00110111 00100000 00111000
00110100 00100000 00110011 00110010 00100000
00110111 00110001 00100000 00111000 00110011
00100000 00111000 00110110 00100000 00110011
00110010 00100000 00111000 00110010 00100000
00110111 00110111 00100000 00111000 00111000
00100000 00111000 00110010 00100000 00111000
00110111 00100000 00111000 00110110 00100000
00110111 00110111 00100000 00110111 00110001
ASCII:
71 83 86 32 73 86 87 32 71 73 90 87 86 73 32 68 90 72 32 88 90 73 73 66 82 77 84 32 85 82 72 83 32 87 70 73 82 77 84 32 71 83 86 32 82 77 88 82 87 86 77 71

ASCII again:
GSV IVW GIZWVI DZH XZIIBRMT URHS WFIRMT GSV RMXRWVMG

Atbash Latin:
THE RED TRADER WAS CARRYING FISH DURING THE INCIDENT

Clue to next system: One of seven, mother of the messenger and pursued by the giant huntsman, you will find more at the black glass.
Answer: Maia (Seven sisters, Maia is the mother, huntsman is Orion, black glass is Obsidian)

 

Maia: The Asp is Yellow

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Roman Numerals:
LII LV XXXII LV LIII XXXII LV L XXXII L XLVIII XXXII LII CI
XXXII LIV LIV XXXII LIV LI XXXII L XLVIII XXXII LV LIV XXXII
LIV LIV XXXII L XLVIII XXXII LII XCIX XXXII LV L XXXII LV
LVII XXXII LV LVII XXXII LIV L XXXII LIV XCVII

Decimals:
52 55 32 55 53 32 55 50 32 50 48 32 52 101
32 54 54 32 54 51 32 50 48 32 55 54 32
54 54 32 50 48 32 52 99 32 55 50 32 55
57 32 55 57 32 54 50 32 54 97

Interpret each decimal as an ASCII value to give Hex:
47 75 72 20 4e 66 63 20 76 66 20 4c 72 79 79 62 6a

ASCII:
Gur Nfc vf Lryybj
Caesar Cipher (Shift +13):
The Asp is Yellow

Clue to next system: This Earth-like world with a single moon has a centre for investigating the trade of drums, casks and barrels. You will learn more there.
Answer: HIP 19072 (Cooper Research Centre… we were lucky ilo was just there, coopers make drums, casks and barrels)

 

Coopers: A Cobra is due to arrive at 21:00

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Morse (do not break on newlines):
….- —.. / ….- —.. / ….- -…. / ….- —-. / ….. —– / …– ..—
/ .—- .—- -…. / —-. –… / …– ..— / .—- —– .—- / .-
— .—- —.. / .—- —– ….. / .—- .—- ….- / .—- .—-
….- / —-. –… / …– ..— / .—- .—- .—- / .—- .—- -….
/ …– ..— / .—- —– .—- / .—- .—- –… / .—- —–
—– / …– ..— / .—- .—- ….. / .—- —– ….. / …– ..— /
—-. –… / .—- .—- ….- / —-. —.. / .—- .—- .—- / –
…. –… / …– ..— / -…. …..
Text:
48 48 46 49 50 32 116 97 32 101 118 105 114 114 97 32 111 116 32 101 117 100 32 115 105 32 97 114 98 111 67 32 65

ASCII:
00.12 ta evirra ot eud si arboC A
Reversed:
A Cobra is due to arrive at 21.00

Clue to next system: The first of three water worlds is Z place to research the next clue. The last of my name is sixth but worth seven.
Answer: Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-57 (Zeta … Z – zeta is sixth in the Greek alphabet but worth seven, because there used to be a different sixth letter called vau, i.e. zeta used to be the seventh letter worth seven)

 

Zeta: THE T9 PILOTS ROUTE TAKES THEM TO SYSTEM CAIL

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Binary:
00101101 00101101 00101110 00100000 00101110
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101110
00101110 00101101 00100000 00101111 00100000
00101101 00101101 00101110 00100000 00101101
00101101 00101101 00101101 00101110 00100000
00101111 00100000 00101101 00101110 00101101
00100000 00101110 00101101 00101110 00100000
00101101 00101101 00101101 00100000 00101110
00101101 00101110 00101110 00100000 00101101
00101101 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101110
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101111 00100000
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101101
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101110
00101101 00101110 00100000 00101101 00101101
00101110 00100000 00101110 00101110 00101110
00101101 00100000 00101111 00100000 00101101
00101101 00101110 00100000 00101101 00101101
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101101
00101101 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101110
00101110 00101101 00100000 00101110 00101110
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101111 00100000
00101101 00101101 00101110 00100000 00101110
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101110
00101110 00101101 00100000 00101101 00101110
00100000 00101111 00100000 00101101 00101101
00101110 00100000 00101110 00101101 00101110
00101110 00100000 00101111 00100000 00101110
00101110 00101110 00101110 00100000 00101101
00101110 00101110 00101110 00100000 00101110
00101110 00101110 00101110 00100000 00101101
00101101 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101110
00101110 00101101 00100000 00101101 00101110
00100000 00101111 00100000 00101101 00101110
00101110 00101101 00100000 00101101 00101101
00101110 00101110 00100000 00101110 00101101
00101110 00100000 00101101 00101101 00101101
Morse:
–. … …- / –. —-. / -.- .-. — .-.. –. …. / .. .-.. ..-. –. …- / –. –.. .–. …- …. / –. … …- -. / –. .-.. / …. -… …. –. …- -. / -..- –.. .-. —

ASCII:
GSV G9 KROLGH ILFGV GZPVH GSVN GL HBHGVN XZRO
Atblash Latin:
THE T9 PILOTS ROUTE TAKES THEM TO SYSTEM CAIL

Clue to next system: The fifth letter should point you to the pre-logistics support you need.
Answer: Pleiades Sector JC-V d2-62 (Epsilon is the fifth greek letter)

 

Epsilon: DILLON NEVER CARRIES CARGO

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Hex:
58 53 50 50 4d 4e 20 4e 57 46 57 4a 20 59 41 4a 4a
53 57 49 20 59 41 4a 55 4d
ASCII:
XSPPMN NWFWJ YAJJSWI YAJUM

Atbash:
CHKKNM MDUDQ BZQQHDR BZQFN
Caesar Cipher (Shift +1):
DILLON NEVER CARRIES CARGO

Clue to next system: The top dog sits by a purple giant with three children in a sky with two bright stars. But I guess that’s just the beginning.
Answer: 42 n Persei (Alpha is “top dog”, the system has a purple gas giant with three moons, and two stars.)

 

Alpha: SOMEONE WHO WASN’T CARRYING CARGO WILL ARRIVE IN APADEMAK AT

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Morse (break first newline, do not break second):
.-.. ..-. –. -..- …- –. …- / .–. — …. / –.- – –.. –. -. / .— –
.. .-.. .-. .–. –. -..- / …- …. -.- -..- .. / -.. -… -.-. ..-. / …. -.- .. –
.-. — .-.. / –.. …. / …. .. .-. -..- -..- – – -… / – .- /
ASCII:
LFGXVGV POH QTZGN JTILRPGX VHKXI DBCF HKICOL ZH HIRXXTTB TA
Vigenère Cipher (Key: TRUTH):
SOMEONE WHO WASNW QMPUXWZE BODER KUJO ODPLUS GQ OBYGDAMI ZH

Insert apostrophe into encrypted text after QTZG:
LFGXVGV POH QTZG’N JTILRPGX VHKXI DBCF HKICOL ZH HIRXXTTB TA
Vigenère Cipher (Key: TRUTH):
SOMEONE WHO WASN’T CARRYING CARGO WILL ARRIVE IN APADEMAK AT

Clue to next system: The legal defendant sits by 14 lumps of ice. They might be able to provide the answers in shorthand.
Answer: Hyades Sector AB-W b2-2 (14 icy moons, the Delta symbol (Δ) is used as a shorthand for defendant in legal symbology)

 

Delta: A trader called Kohl will arrive in CAIL at 10.00

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Hex:
30 30 2e 30 31 20 67 6e 20 59 56 4e 50 20 61 76 20
72 69 76 65 65 6e 20 79 79 76 6a 20 79 75 62 58 20
71 72 79 79 6e 70 20 65 72 71 6e 65 67 20 4e

ASCII:
00.01 gn YVNP av riveen yyvj yubX qryynp erqneg N
Reversed:
N genqre pnyyrq Xbuy jvyy neevir va PNVY ng 10.00
Caesar Cipher (Shift +13):
A trader called Kohl will arrive in CAIL at 10.00

Clue to next system: The wearer of the royal seal from Hatshepsut’s court, he of Nubia, invites you to his landing at the third of nine.
Answer: HIP 17655 (Nehsi was the wearer, Nehsi Landing is on the third of nine planets)

 

HIP 17655: GRANGER DOESN’T CARRY CARGO. HE HANGS AROUND APADEMAK

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Roman Numerals:
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XXXII XLVIII
XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII
XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII
XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLIX
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XLIX XLIX XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX
XLIX XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLIX
XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLIX XXXII
XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XXXII
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLIX XLIX XXXII XLVIII
XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XLIX XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX
XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX
XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XXXII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII
XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX XXXII
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XXXII
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XXXII
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLIX XXXII XLVIII
XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLVIII
XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII
XLVIII XLIX XLIX XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLIX
XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLVIII XLIX XLIX
XLVIII XLIX XXXII XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLVIII XLIX XLIX
XLIX X
Decimals:
48 49 48 49 48 48 49 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 49 49 48 49 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 49 49 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 48 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 49 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 49 49 48 49 48 32 48 48 49 48 48 49 49 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 49 48 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 49 49 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 48 49 49 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 49 49 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 49 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 49 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 49 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 49 48 48 49 49 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 49 48 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 48 49 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 49 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 49 49 48 49 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 49 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 49 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 49 49 49 32 48 49 48 49 49 48 49 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 48 48 32 48 48 49 48 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 48 48 49 48 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 48 48 32 48 49 48 49 48 48 48 49 32 48 49 48 49 49 48 48 49 32 48 49 48 48 49 49 48 49 32 48 49 48 49 48 49 49 49 10
Interpreted as ASCII to get Binary:
01010011 01000100 01001101 01011010 01010011 01010001 01000100 00100000 01010000 01000001 01010001 01000101 01011010 00100111 01000110 00100000 01001111 01001101 01000100 01000100 01001011 00100000 01001111 01001101 01000100 01010011 01000001 00100000 10000000010011 00100000 01010100 01010001 00100000 01010100 01001101 01011010 01010011 01000101 00100000 01001101 01000100 01000001 01000111 01011010 01010000 00100000 01001101 01000010 01001101 01010000 01010001 01011001 01001101 01010111 \n
ASCII:
SDMZSQD PAQEZ’F OMDDK OMDSA — TQ TMZSE MDAGZP MBMPQYMW
Caesar Cipher (Shift +14):
GRANGER DOESN’T CARRY CARGO — HE HANGS AROUND APADEMAK
Note (keybuk): The long binary is the unicode symbol for an ‘en dash’.

Clue to next system: Let’s get Sirius – it’s not tall or green but after setting sail 1,804 years ago this portugese explorer’s settlement sits in a small sedimentary basin, maybe once part of the centralian superbasin.
Answer: Ngalia (Centralian superbasin, Serrao is the explorer, Serrao settlement sits on the planet below Kippax, the only other stations are the Green Enterprise and the Tall Enterprise).

Kippax:

Final message: Congratulations, Commander – you’ve reached the end. You should have everything you need to find us. See you soon.

 

Community Goal: THE EXPLORER WAS LAST SEEN IN SYSTEM PIC TOK HE RETURNS EACH DAY AT THREE PM GMT

codice5

Binary:
I’m too sleepy to type out the binary 😉 can someone pm keybuk on discord with it for later

ASCII:
UIG FYRQPSGW XCX MCXU UJFO NO UDTUGR QKH UQP IG SFVZSOU FBEM ECD BV UITJF RR HOY
Vigenère Cipher (Key: OOPS):
GUR RKCYBERE JNF YNFG FRRA VA FLFGRZ CVP GBX UR ERGHEAF RNPU QNL NG GUERR CZ TZG
Caesar Cipher (Shift +13)
THE EXPLORER WAS LAST SEEN IN SYSTEM PIC TOK HE RETURNS EACH DAY AT THREE PM GMT

Note (keybuk): I decoded this by hand and ended up with a direct cipher of “bbcf”, which the doc previously used as the method. Since this is the same as the two-stage above, and the two stage preserves the “oops” from the CG, I’ve replaced it with this method.

Solution:
Here’s what we know:
● The Red Trader was carrying fish during the incident
● The Asp is Yellow
● A Cobra is due to arrive at 21:00
● The T9 pilot’s route takes them to system Cail
● Dillon never carries cargo
● Someone who wasn’t carrying cargo will arrive in Apademak at
● A trader called Kohl will arrive in Cail at 10.00
● Granger doesn’t carry cargo. He hangs around Apademak

Placing this into a logic grid doesn’t reveal a complete solution; the puzzle missing a third system name, and a second time. The ‘Alpha’ clue ends right where the time should be.

grafico2

PTO.

But solution is possible if we assume that since Granger hangs around Apademak, they are not arriving. This eliminates the need for a third system name, and a third time:

grafico1

Thus we get:
● Dillon will be arriving at Apademak at 21.00 in a Cobra;
● Granger hangs around Apademak in a Yellow Asp;
● Kohl, a Trader, will be arriving at Cail at 10.00 in a Red T9;
● Either Dillon or Granger may be the bounty hunter.

Drew Wagnar explicitly states in a twitch interview that “He does not know who the bounty hunter is,” the sex is not known.

 

Complimenti davvero a tutti quelli che hanno contribuito e risolto l’enigma!

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