Friday, July 27, 2012

Weekend Puzzle 7/27


Re-posted from the Amateur Sleuth blog:
Your hint if you need it: press
3.3 - 4.3 - 7.3 - 7.4 - 8.1 - 8.1 - 8.2 - 3.2 - 7.4 - 3.1 - 2.1 - 9.3

Good luck! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Weekend Puzzle Solution


I have a new puzzle for you to crack. It contains an insider look at The Deadly Device. ;)
RGRRGFRROSOHW

Okay so this one stumped me immensely. 

For this puzzle you need to use a bifid cipher with a Polybius square.
The answer is RIGHT IS HIGHER.

To be honest I still haven't really figured out how to work it to get the answer.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Weekend Puzzle 7/20


Re-posted from the Amateur Sleuth blog:
I have a new puzzle for you to crack. It contains an insider look at The Deadly Device. ;)
RGRRGFRROSOHW

Good luck! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July's Featured

This a new feature here on the sleuth. On the first of each month (with the exception of this month) I will be featuring not only a Nancy Drew game, but also the books the game was based off of. Some games are strikingly similar to the book and some are only loosely based but every single game has originated from a book.
July's featured game is 

The Secret of Shadow Ranch 

The Secret of Shadow Ranch Coverart.pngWith all the heat over here lately I thought SHA would be perfect game to start this off with. SHA was one of my first games. After finishing Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon, we rushed out to buy more, coming home with a double pack that included Curse of Blackmoor Manor and SHA. Being new to ND, I had so much trouble with this game, but not as bad as trying to get through TRN, but that's another story. So here's a hint if you are stuck at a certain point in the game (and trust me, you'll need it): 
When you get to the puzzle under the zebra rock, open and close the rock SIX (6) times. When you look under the puzzle will be done for you!
I wish I'd know that before.

Now if you noticed on the box art it says "Classic Mystery Edition." Does that yellow color look familiar to you? SHA was based off of #5 in the yellow hardbacks, The Secret of Shadow Ranch. The book and the game are surprisingly similar, save for a few small details. The book was quite enjoyable despite the fact that I already knew who the culprit was from playing the game :)


Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Puzzle Solution

I had a bit of trouble this week so I had to wander over to the HeR message boards. From what I read and what I figured out on my own, I think I got it.

Each key is from a different game. In order they would be:
CRE/CLK/SAW/SSH?/CAP/HAU
TRN/SCK/TOT/TMB/MHM
TRT/ICE/ASH/DOG/TMB/DAN

There was only one I couldn't pin point.

Anyway, take the full title of each game and with the number next to each key, count until you reach that number letter in the title.
Example: The first key is from The Creature of Kapu Cave. The fourth letter is C so the first letter in the answer is C.

The answer is:
CREEPY ANIMAL IN DED

Now the question is, what does that mean?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Weekend Puzzle 7/14

It's time for the weekend puzzle!
Re-posted from the Amateur Sleuth blog:

This one involves a secret about our next game. Well, kind of a secret. It's a dead giveaway of something small. Click for larger view.
Good luck!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Game Abbreviations

I use HeR's abbreviations when talking about the games, through text and vocally (I know, epic nerd alert). 
To prevent future confusion, here's a list for your convenience!

HeR= Her Interactive
SCK= Secrets Can Kill
SCK2= Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED
STFD= Stay Tuned for Danger
MHM= Message in a Haunted Mansion
TRT= Treasure in the Royal Tower
FIN= The Final Scene
SSH= Secret of the Scarlet Hand
DOG= Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
CAR= The Haunted Carousel
DDI= Danger on Deception Island
SHA= The Secret of Shadow Ranch
CUR= Curse of Blackmoor Manor
CLK= Secret of the Old Clock
TRN= Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon
DAN= Danger by Design
CRE= The Creature of Kapu Cave
ICE= The White Wolf of Icicle Creek
CRY= Legend of the Crystal Skull
VEN= The Phantom of Venice
HAU= The Haunting of Castle Malloy
RAN= Ransom of the Seven Ships
WAC= Warnings at Waverly Academy
TOT= Trail of the Twister
SAW= Shadow at the Water's Edge
CAP= The Captive Curse
ASH= Alibi in Ashes
TMB= Tomb of the Lost Queen
DED= The Deadly Device
GTH= Ghost of Thornton Hall
SPY= The Silent Spy

How to Read Spoilers

I've gotten a few comments about the previous post regarding the puzzle solution. The solution is highlighted in blue (for future reference they won't always be highlighted in blue) so that if you don't want the solution spoiled for you, you don't have to read it. This is something that they do on the HeR forums so you don't spoil the puzzles and clues for other players.

Reading these are quite simple. (Don't feel bad if you were confused. I didn't know what to do the first time I saw these.) All you have to do to highlight the lines with your cursor. 
Try it! 

Nancy Drew :)

Fancy huh?

I will be adding a FAQ page soon regarding issues like this and abbreviations I frequently use. If you have any other questions feel free to comment or shoot me an email!

Have a nice day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Weekend Puzzle Solution!

Did you guys solve the puzzle yet?
Here it is again.

23.25.15.4.3.9.11.14.8.1.18.19.4.4.1.3.20.5.8.19.
8.18.1.?.8.3.5.20.5.3.15.19.9.14.14.25.8.3.1.5.

20.5.15.1.20.18.5.8.4.5.5.7.
8.20.5.19.5.7.20.9.4.14.7.!.

And here is my solution:
highlight to view

Each number is a letter. 1 is A, 2 is B, an so on.
Once translated it looks like this:

WYODCIKNHARSDDACTEHS
HRA?HCETECOSINNYHCAE

TEOATREHDEEG
HTESEEGTIDNG!

It's a rail fence cipher! Remember these from ICE?
Take the first top letter, then the letter below that, then the letter on the second column, the letter below that second column, etc. Now we have:

WHY ROAD? CHICKEN THE ACROSS DID NANCY THE CHASE

THE TO EASTER GET HIDDEN EGG!

Now just rearrange the words and voila!

WHY DID NANCY CHASE THE CHICKEN ACROSS THE ROAD?
TO GET THE HIDDEN EASTER EGG!

Not too bad huh? I think that was one of the more easier puzzles.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's Weekend Puzzle Time!

It's time for the weekend puzzle! 
Re-posted from the Amateur Sleuth blog:

23.25.15.4.3.9.11.14.8.1.18.19.4.4.1.3.20.5.8.19.
8.18.1.?.8.3.5.20.5.3.15.19.9.14.14.25.8.3.1.5.

20.5.15.1.20.18.5.8.4.5.5.7.
8.20.5.19.5.7.20.9.4.14.7.!.

Good luck!

ALSO

The Nancy Drew TXT Challenge is back! Text NANCY to 82257.
I've already completed it. 100%! Waayy better than last time ;)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nancy Drew Jewelry!

Have you guys been on Etsy? Seriously, I could browse through that website for ages.
They have some awesome handmade Nancy Drew jewelry and the like on there that I've found!

Vintage Typewriter Key Bracelet -- NANCY DREW --

The bracelet is made out of typewriter keys! Isn't that awesome?

nancy drew.

I have a magnifying glass necklace but it is not nearly as cool as this one.

Nancy Drew Soldered Pendant - Whispering Statue

This shop has dozens of these with different book covers!

NANCY DREW Book Covers Charm Bracelet 17 Book Covers

I love the tiny book covers!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day Sale!


Digital games are 25% off with the code 4JULY2012!


Content taken from the HerInteractive newsletter

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What Nancy Drew Players Say

Check out the new video from HER's marketing intern, Phoenix!
I totally find myself saying half of these things...

Why Hello There!

Ta-da! I have a new blog!

If you have been on either of my other blogs, you may have noticed that I love Nancy Drew. This is my new home to share my obsession with you!

I will be posting about new and old books, the HerInteractive games, and anything else related to Nancy!

I started reading Nancy Drew in fifth grade along with playing the PC games. It gradually grew into a wonderful obsession with all things Nancy. 

I am currently building this site so check back in to find new additions!

Enjoy!