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Mort-Hog
01-19-2003, 06:05 AM
Ganeel was exploring an old temple in the lost desert when he came across an old door set into the stone wall. He knew that he had to get the door open, but how? Inside were riches beyond his imagination.


Wiping off the dust he read the word 'MRN'. How odd, thought Ganeel, must be in some other language. He read further... the next word seemed to say 'MLMP'. Wow, what an odd language, must have been spoken by an incredibly odd People. Wiping off the last of the dust, Ganeel read the last word - 'MRNM'. Maybe ancient people always spoke with their mouth full!

What secret word will allow Ganeel to open the temple door?

spoon_man
01-19-2003, 08:11 AM
Hmmm looks to me like the person who wrote it was killed whilst he was carving it in.

Gabez
01-19-2003, 10:14 AM
Maybe itís friend in elvish? Oh no, wait...

Maybe itís just missing some vowels, yíknow? Hmm... no, that doesnít seem to work either.

Maybe... it's the sound of an animal, and he has to bring that animal over to the door? Hmm...

QueZTone
01-19-2003, 10:37 AM
it is suspicious that there arent any vowels tho..

Mort-Hog
01-19-2003, 12:57 PM
It's not an adventure game. :-)

Flirbnic
01-19-2003, 01:04 PM
"explosives"

Alien426
01-19-2003, 01:20 PM
I was going to suggest that 'MRN' means 'M are N', but that would leave us with 'NLNP' and 'NRNN'... and where do we go from there?

sheaday6
01-19-2003, 05:15 PM
hell, if the door is so old, why doesn't he kick it down

Feral
01-19-2003, 05:51 PM
I looked at it logically, but Mort said it isn't an adventure game. So I started looking at code words...I came up with this, and I think its right. M = A.
R = B.
N = R.
L = C.
P = D.
This give you ABR ACAD ABRA, or Abracadabra :).

Das Mole
01-19-2003, 06:03 PM
Whoa. How did you figure that out?

BooJaka
01-19-2003, 06:06 PM
Anyone know Russian?

Gabez
01-19-2003, 07:25 PM
Heh, well done Feral Chicken. I donít think I would have got that. Even though Flirbnic blurted it out on IRC. Ahem.

And I was so sure it was drink water and then use Monkey with wig.

Mort-Hog
01-20-2003, 02:24 AM
Hee, well done Feral Chicken.

QueZTone
01-20-2003, 12:14 PM
okay i dont want to flame but i just cant believe Chicken figured that out..

okay M = A, then the R = B, ok you can 'think' such when trying solve the mystery. But why do you say N = R? The logical thing would to think that N = C

okay there's one possible way tho, he thought of the word 'abracadabra' as a word to open the door and he worked his way to that

Chicken, shed some light please =]

Alien426
01-21-2003, 02:28 AM
IMHO it's a pretty dumb riddle.

How could you find out that those 3 words are actually one? From there it would be quite obvious that M is most likely a vowel...
How lame is it to simply replace some letters with other letters? One would expect a description leading to the secret word...
...like this:

This thing all things devours
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers
Bites iron, knaws steel
Turns hard stones into meal
Slays kings, ruins town
Brings high mountains down

I'm aware that most of you already know the answer.

elTee
01-21-2003, 04:45 AM
Its about time someone told me what the answer is...

QueZTone
01-21-2003, 07:28 AM
a drop of rain?

Alien426
01-21-2003, 08:07 AM
A drop of rain slays kings??? I don't think so!

C Shutt
01-21-2003, 08:52 AM
A ninja?

QueZTone
01-21-2003, 11:25 AM
Originally posted by Alien426
A drop of rain slays kings??? I don't think so!

acid rain does :p

QueZTone
01-21-2003, 11:28 AM
ah ok just found the answer....i couldnt resist querying google

its one of those Tolkien riddles

Mort-Hog
01-21-2003, 11:30 AM
give me more TIME! TIME! bilbo cried

QueZTone
01-21-2003, 12:47 PM
Originally posted by LucasTones
Its about time someone told me what the answer is...

bah how could i have overlooked your subtle hint :D

btw i dont see time as a 'thing'...

elTee
01-21-2003, 06:57 PM
Yeah, but if the thought "it must be time" came into your head, you wouldn't dismiss it saying "time? is that a 'thing'?" would you?

Feral
01-21-2003, 07:19 PM
After Mort said it wasn't an adventure game, I thought it was Roman Numerals or some old language, but that didn't work. I started thinking it could be a code word. I started with the age-old "open sesame", but there was no correlation between the letters. I noticed that the number of letters (in both the letter sequence and the word "abracadabra") matched; 11 in each, so I went from there.

QueZTone
01-21-2003, 08:34 PM
Originally posted by The Feral Chicken
After Mort said it wasn't an adventure game, I thought it was Roman Numerals or some old language, but that didn't work. I started thinking it could be a code word. I started with the age-old "open sesame", but there was no correlation between the letters. I noticed that the number of letters (in both the letter sequence and the word "abracadabra") matched; 11 in each, so I went from there.

ahah! as i suspected :)

Originally posted by LucasTones
Yeah, but if the thought "it must be time" came into your head, you wouldn't dismiss it saying "time? is that a 'thing'?" would you?


true i guess.. :)