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    Default For posterity (and bragging rights): the solution might look like this...

    This is purely for the record (I don't think the puzzle is still on, nor do i think MS will reveal the solution anytime soon). So in line with a few recent posts & theories which I've found interesting (especially CK's) I thought I'd spell out how I thought the solution worked. I've posted all this before but maybe not in one place. Just in case MS does reveal the solution and it is like mine then I can say "I told you so!"

    1. Each of the smaller puzzles (Eg. Vines, or Ladybugs, or Gems, or Mushrooms etc...) contain a sequence of numerical information. Like the berry might be in position 1 (of 6) on the left and position 4 (of 6) on the right. So this gives some number pair like 1,4.

    2. This number pair is input into the apple dials using the 6 notches. One clockwise, one anticlockwise, so the 2 numbered notches line up at the top. The 26 spaces on the dials are filled with the letters of the alphabet and the alignment reveals exactly one pair of the same letters lined up somewhere around the ring. So the 1,4 might output a 'F' for example. So each small puzzle reveals a small text phrase.

    3. These text phrases (about 10 of them) are then used to help decipher the intermediate puzzles in the BOS (the droplets, the celtic borders) for example the sentence might be the 'Hexagon is an E'. So now we can decipher the droplets & Celtic border. These reveal longer sentence which is a clue as to how to decipher the HCB. Yes i think that one is a cipher too! It might say for example "Ignore large suns, use morse on small dots and dashes".

    4. The HCB is then deciphered into 86 sentences (which is about how many lines there are). Each line is a clue to one of the lesser rings. I expect they would be passwords to a secret website somewhere (let's say the website is ciphered in the Celtic borders).

    5. You enter your password - congratulations you have won a lesser ring.

    6. There are still more layers - where all the lesser ring solutions come together to provide additional clues to the prize rings (can't remember how many). For example take the initial letter of the passwords as an ACROSTIC to get further password clues.

    7. Congratulations you have won the top prize rings! And don't tell anyone else the HCB cipher!

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    That was roughly the lines I was working on, a massively multi-layered cipher system (using dials as the entry point) - which you didn't have to know any additional information to solve (except rudimentary cipher skills), and you wouldn't have to leave home to do it.

    And absolutely nothing worked like this - and I have absolutely no proof that anything like this would work or is involved!

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    This has just been for fun, I hope a few more of you post your grand visions of how the puzzle was put together, now that it doesn't matter!

    Good Luck 'All.

    Tim.

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    by the way - I'm not working on the puzzle any more - nor will I, and I expect I've misremembered a lot of the key numbers like the number of notches or puzzles here or there, but i do know that there was only one place in the puzzle where 26 slots awaited ABC attention and that was the apple dials so they formed the keystone of my approach.

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