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cryptic chicken

by CaptainJack

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Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:04 am
NoobWriterIsHere wrote a review...

I do like puzzles, but I can't solve it without any hints.
I am not a famous detective, so I apologize for me being dumb.
If possible, please send me the instructions, and I would try my best to solve it.
I have hardly any idea what it is, so please before posting the puzzle, mention the hints or what I need to solve.

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Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:22 am
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alliyah says...

Oh my goodness I keep staring at this, someone please give me a hint on how to solve it! RIP

I have to agree with perks the formatting is highly adorable, and I love the chicken and framing you've used because it makes it seem so silly juxtaposed to this riddle. I am glad it was posted under the dramatic category too because it also feels contrary to expectations which creates good ironic humor.

I expect I will be back with a real review once I've had a chance to solve this puzzle. Until then I'll leave you with this wonderful chicken themed review banner.



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Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:50 pm
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EditorAndPerks wrote a review...

Alright, I just want to try to solve this, and I hope my logic is correct. Translation from numbers to letters will be attempted and put in a spoiler below.

Spoiler! :
1=a, 2=b, c=3, 4=d, 5=e, 6=f, 7=g, 8=h, 9=i, 10=j 11=k 12=l 13=m 14=n 15=o 16=p 17=q 18=r 19=s 20=t 21=u 22=v 23=w 24=x 25=y 26=z


Why did the chicken cross the road?
What is this idea that humans ask
of themselves and (of) others?
It's to get to a poem on the other side?

I think there might be a wrong number in that third section, as {15} translates to only "o" so I think you might be missing a {6} after {15} if that's the idea you're going for.

Since I marked this as a review, I will now leave thoughts below. >:[ at myself for that mistake.

I like the play on a very familiar theme in classic jokes (why did the chicken cross the road). To liken it to a universally asked question of humans and to wonder why humans are so interested in this question brings to mind some interesting ideas about humanity=obsessed with questions that can't be really answered unless from an actual chicken.

Of course, I was kind of expecting the ending when I was translating from the numbers, as that is usually the consistent ending to this joke, but I had a lot of fun changing numbers to letters, so thank you for that.

Besides that, the chicken icon is very cute, and I always like your introspective forms of poetry.

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