Relpats

relpats-eht.com is the starting point for a multi-part online riddle. The author is apparently a 16-year-old computer geek, and his identity has become intertwined with the riddle itself.

Each page contains clues for solving the next, and answers are submitted by adding a new directory to the url. So page two will look like relpats-eht.com/xxx while page three will look like relpats-eht.com/xxx/yyy/ and so on.

The goons at Something Awful have had the most success at cracking the game, but are currently stuck at the second half of the final, twelfth step. Their forum thread is 22 pages long and 11 days old.

Some of the steps are surprisingly simple while others require a bit of google-foo. If stuck, the SA thread has helpful hints with spoilers blacked-out. The twelfth step is far more difficult than the previous eleven, and groups of people brainstorming together across multiple forums have been unable to solve it yet.

Update: Since I don't feel like editing out spoilers in the comments to this post, don't read the comment thread if you want to try to solve the puzzle yourself.

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I like how on page two he

I like how on page two he intimates that anyone who doesn't remember the numerical value of pi to three or four decimal places is "dumber than my pet rock".

Stefan, I like how on page

Stefan,

I like how on page two he intimates that anyone who doesn’t remember the numerical value of pi to three or four decimal places is “dumber than my pet rock".

If memory serves, pi was set equal to three by legislative fiat.

Regards, Don

Get out of my thread,

Get out of my thread, jerkfaces. :mad:

Ah, good point.

Ah, good point.

I'll have you know I wasted

I'll have you know I wasted 3 hours (which could have been profitably spent sleeping) getting to number 12 and reading the SA thread last night before realizing I was screwed. When guys that clever have all devolved into John Nash-like numerological tail-chasing or simple caveman-like brute force attacks, I have to believe that the solution is just something either absurdly simple or so out of left field that nobody would logically connect it with everything else.

Of course there's always the possibility that there is no final step and this guy is just jerking people off and giggling as he reads the threads. I vote for that.

If memory serves, pi was set

If memory serves, pi was set equal to three by legislative fiat.

According to Snopes, no such bill was ever enacted, but a similar one was passed by the Indiana House and died in the Senate. Cecil Adams has details.

I hate these things. I'm

I hate these things. I'm one of the densest people in the world - the clues just bounce harmlessly off me.

- Josh

I pounded my way to #7

I pounded my way to #7 before realizing "relpats-eht" is "the stapler". This put me one notch above pet rock status.

The latest discussion of

The latest discussion of relpats (which seem to be occuring on a no-shit "model bridge" blog- i.e. a blog that disusses makes of model bridges) has been hovering around some Neal Stephenson stuff, I thought you might wanna know.

http://www.garrettsbridges.com/blog/comment.php?entryid=56

Given that one the answers has already come from a book (Hitchiker's guide), it's plausible... They're saying it could be Wilkin's code.

:furious: i cant even get

:furious: i cant even get past the first page. :wall:

I'll give you a hint

I'll give you a hint Christine: Tell the date on the page to a science-friend and see what they say. :)

Anybody got hints for pg 5?

Anybody got hints for pg 5?