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Still Searching #2 - Round #7



Do keep in mind that I said registered/listed and not just one thing in particular. It may or may not be a hint about the certain website I’ve kept mentioning ever since. If anyone found it, they’d probably be able to determine the exact amount of possible guesses that remain to be made (with all of the info discussed so far) to reach the correct answer. (I’m kinda surprised at the possibility that nobody’s found it yet.)

Here’s another quick/small recap update:

  • It’s not a living thing that can die
  • It can be touched
  • It’s not something you have in your house
  • It can’t be carried by a person
  • It can either be made by man or nature
  • It makes a sound
  • It’s not used to make other things (ie. a machine, etc.)
  • A model of it can be made in a laboratory
  • It’s registered/listed as a natural disaster on a certain website
  • Once its occurred, it can either end quickly or take a long time to do so
  • It’s not a volcanic eruption

Incorrect guesses:

  • Dung
  • Avalanche


True but based on the phrasing of having to look it up and not finding anything concrete, it seems less likely to me that a wildfire or flood would be the word due to recent events and commonality, respectively.


G: Sinkhole


Congrats! You’ve correctly guessed my chosen MW!
As stated in the OP, you’ll become the GM for the next round.

It’s time to provide the decryption method to you all and a short story about how I chose the MW for my round.

I used the online tool provided by @SeekerSupreme in the OP with the following settings:

Algorithm: Loki97
Mode: ECB (electronic codebook)
Key: 287478972386493ctacularsaouigd8o7197
Encrypted Mystery Word: t+xE+gs554ZH5KbH32ALLKLsvlbj8LhFKPVGkygseKc=

Decrypting it will give you the following: sinkhole

If you follow all of that, you’ll get the same result.

When I found out I was chosen to host Round #1 of this thread, I immediately began to think of a couple of words to pick my Mystery Word from. In the end, I had decided on five words (though I can’t recall what 3 of them were atm) and put them into’s List Randomizer. Two of these words were donut and sinkhole. Whichever word ended on the first slot when randomized would be the one I’d choose for my round. I didn’t expect it to end up on the first slot and now we’re here.

As for the certain website, like many of Professor Layton’s puzzles, the answer was hidden in plain sight. The only place where I could find sinkholes listed as a Natural Disaster was on Wikipedia (some of the cases from the List of Sinkholes page also had them listed/tagged as such). Not only that, but the MW is sandwiched between two of the things that had been discussed in this thread:

  • The guess made by @Pylinaer , which was Avalanche
  • The question made by @YQMaoski, which was “Is it a volcanic eruption?”

Going by how geological disasters (the type/category of natural disaster the MW and the aforementioned belong to) are grouped there, there were only 2-3 guesses left that could be made to reach the correct answer. I wasn’t just making a pun when I said you were getting warmer, haha.

And finally, one last look at all the questions you made before my GM role is over. I can finally answer them in full:

Questions with answers
  • It’s not a living thing that can die

It goes without saying.

  • It can be touched

I doubt you’d want to stick around long enough to touch it, unless it’s not too severe or you’re a worker who has to help fill it back up.

  • It’s not something you have in your house

Of course you wouldn’t have it in your house. It’d be under your house or anywhere else underground for that matter. If it became big enough to do some serious damage to your house that you can see an actual hole/pit swallowing everything up, you probably wouldn’t even be here.

  • It can’t be carried by a person

Not unless you’re a cartoon character, haha.

  • It can either be made by man or nature

As stated on the National Geographic website:

Sinkholes have both natural and human causes. Land made of a soft underground rock layer, such as rock salt around the Dead Sea or limestone in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, are often riddled with sinkholes, since the rock layer is easily dissolved.

Manmade sinkholes are created when city development compromises the structural integrity of underlying rock. Roads, buildings, and other types of construction may cause water to collect in certain areas and wash away the supporting rock layer (especially at low sea levels and after a heavy rainfall).

  • It makes a sound

There are various sounds that can indicate sinkhole activity.

  • It’s not used to make other things (ie. a machine, etc.)

You can’t use it to make/create things; it only brings unwanted destruction.

  • A model of it can be made in a laboratory

A small yet very detailed model of it can be made in a lab. You can also make one yourself at home if you know what you’re doing too. Not too surprising since there’s plenty of science projects based around natural disasters.

  • It’s registered/listed as a natural disaster on a certain website

As stated earlier in this post, sinkholes are registered/listed as a natural disaster on Wikipedia’s Natural disaster page.

  • Once its occurred, it can either end quickly or take a long time to do so

It’s stated in various sources that the expansion of a sinkhole can last from a couple of minutes to hours or worse case scenario, several days.

  • It’s not a volcanic eruption

Your typical sinkhole doesn’t involve volcanic eruptions. On the other hand, if the MW had been caldera (which is classified as a type of sinkhole, apparently; I just found this out) it would be the by-product of a volcanic eruption.

Hope you all enjoyed my round; it was fun while it lasted. I can’t wait to see what kinds of Mystery Words will be chosen in the future.


Yay!! And Oh no! Being a GM seems daunting. I’ll have to visit that encryption site and figure that out as I have not a single clue about that sort of thing. I’ll give it some thought and reply later today with the next round. Thanks @Luxen it was a really interesting word and a fun round to take part in. Everyone made great questions and guesses especially @Pylinaer you really got me thinking along the right track and eliminated quite a few options.


Take your time, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it soon. Just make sure to write down everything that you did/the settings you used on that site to encrypt your MW and keep it safe somewhere. I took a screenshot of it and wrote everything down afterward. I’m glad to hear that btw. :slight_smile:


Well that was some impressive precision guesswork. A round of applause for everyone!
And especially for Luxen and his extra diligent and comprehensive postings. Powerful stuff.


@SeekerSupreme I’ve come to the following conclusion. If I may I’d like to nominate @Pylinaer as next GM if they are happy to accept. It turns out that due to new work commitments, I’m not going to be around over the next week possibly two.


Sure, you’re free to nominate whoever you prefer:)


Yes please @Pylinaer would be great if you are happy to do so?


Alright, lemme figure out this encryption stuff properly.


Right-o here we go. Round #2 ding-ding-ding

MW: fGX5jUhGqNdm23OfNjuDasSl1OEn+vLjs2jwsRw3CWujLLYmhZSxNZ96iZFDHvEOI7Hf5EtmsclC340PKAbRqQ==

Rules stand as stated in the OP.
I will try to answer as closely to yes/no but will allow for cases where a yes/no is not always accurate.


@Pylinaer, Question:
Is it alive?

I took the liberty to change the title of the thread to reflect round 2. Hope nobody minds. :smiley:


Guess: excrement



:x: Incorrect.


damn, how?

never mind, i’ll get it next time

question: is it man-made?




Can be found in a house?


Yes, it can.


Question: Is it used as furniture?