Eve S Gift

A series of emails from Eve with different images, leading to a clue.

Status

Resolved

Discovery

On March 20, 2009, Eve started sending a series of emails to various players. Each email included an image (in the form of an attachment); the images seem to match in a bigger picture.

  • Common to all the emails from Eve regarding this puzzle:
    • One email sent at the time;
    • Each email to a different single recipient (with one exception);
    • Each email includes brief text encouraging the recipient to share the attached image with others;
    • All images have the same size;
    • All attachment images are named as a 2-digits number (and have .png extension).
      • The 2 digits indicate the position that the image fit into the larger picture (credit AUZ505); thus image 23.png would fit in row 2, column 3. This allowed the production of a Composite image;
  • The image includes faded text in the left-hand side (below the circles) that reads "?title=" (credit Talaisan)
  • Bruce contacted Eve (via email) asking about the order in which the tiles were sent out; her reply indicates it's random, and that E.Y.E. asked her to send them out.

The Image

Composite

thanks to RealitySyndrome, Bruce, snorkle256 for producing the composite

eve-puzzle-composite6.png

The Tiles

eve-gift-11.png
eve-gift-12.png
eve-gift-13.png
eve-gift-14.png
eve-gift-15.png
eve-gift-16.png
eve-gift-21.png
eve-gift-22.png
eve-gift-23.png
eve-gift-24.png
eve-gift-25.png
eve-gift-26.png
eve-gift-31.png
eve-gift-32.png
eve-gift-33.png
eve-gift-34.png
eve-gift-35.png
eve-gift-36.png

Recipients and dates

Olorin Mar 20 AUZ505 Mar 20 Cowabella Mar 25 Guminudli Mar 24 RikaLeigh Mar 25 Bruce Mar 21
nataS ??? edgyninja Mar 22 evanly Mar 24 Cowabella Mar 25 theBruce Mar 25 Merago Mar 25
Talaisan Mar 24 edgyninja Mar 22 evanly Mar 24 Cowabella Mar 25 theBruce Mar 25 ??? ???

Order in which tiles were received: 11, 12, 32, 16, 22, 34, 23, 31, 14, 33, 13, 24, 26, 35, 15, 25, 21
Still missing:36

Solution

After most of the tiles were gathered, players started debating the meaning of the figures.

  • mycroft7 suggested that the 3 figures might lead to Dante's Divine Comedy, because its structure seems to match that of the image: 9 circles of Hell, 7 terraces of Purgatory, 9 spheres of Paradise.
  • mycroft7 suggested that the italic it in "Title" might be a reference to use the Italian title "Divina Commedia".

On March 30 AUZ505 found that

title?=divinacommedia

is the correct solution for the There's Nothing Here puzzle.

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