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The Search (Posted on 2011-05-10) Difficulty: 3 of 5
I appreciate you helping me with the party. Everyone will be gathered for a festive do. I have planned a few guests as follows:

Windsor and Blarney Dunn
James and Henry Forge
Leo and John Paul Gait
Mary and Elizabeth Bait

The ballroom is 8 by 8 meters and decorated with black and white. I plan on filling the ballroom with these songs in order: "Courage Action Virtue", "A Base of Rebuke", "Boyhood of Gifts", "Charm", "Dear Inquiry Be". My friends Mary and Elizabeth will be near the south entrance, but I care there are safe places as well.

The guest list isn't complete though -- I'm searching for one more person.
Whom should I invite?

  Submitted by Gamer    
Rating: 5.0000 (1 votes)
Solution: (Hide)
Note there are a few hints as to the context of the problem. First, the given guests' names are important -- the first pair of names of famous queens and the second pair of names represent famous kings. The third two names represent bishops and the fourth pair represent castles.

This is continued on in the next line "the ballroom is 8 by 8 meters" -- the text "8 by 8" leads to the fact that the ballroom is a chessboard, and each pair of guests represents a piece. (For veterans, this was also hinted by the line "Everyone will be gathered for a festive do." -- http://perplexus.info/show.php?pid=1493)

It then stands to figure out where the pieces are on the chessboard. The last names serve this purpose; that is why they appear. Each last name sounds like a square name; Bait is B8, Forge is 4G (or G4), Gait is G8, and Dunn is D1. (In order for the queen to be at the bottom, A1 must in fact be at the top left corner.)

The last thing to do is "filling the ballroom" with the songs. In other words, write the songs in order on the chessboard. (Note they are 64 letters in total so this action is justified.)

Then the last thing in the text is "safe places". Reading squares which are safe (not attacked by the pieces) gives the text "INVITE BOBBY FISCHER" -- the person you are searching for.

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  Subject Author Date
Yes!Math Man2011-06-02 18:55:13
Posting solutionGamer2011-05-16 19:43:30
re(2): Last namesJyqm2011-05-13 04:29:57
re: Last namesGamer2011-05-13 03:03:25
Last namesMath Man2011-05-11 21:27:12
re(2): A start (Fin de partie)Jyqm2011-05-11 13:53:45
re(2): A start (Fin de partie)brianjn2011-05-11 04:25:44
re: A start (Fin de partie)Gamer2011-05-11 02:27:09
Hints/TipsA start (Fin de partie)Jyqm2011-05-10 15:55:30
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