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The Graveyard Key

This key unlocks a treasure-filled Quest hidden on the Badge page! But first you'll have to find the Key—and the Gate it unlocks!—hidden inside different items in the AADL Catalog.  

To begin playing, use the riddle (and the web!) to figure out which item in the AADL Catalog hides The Graveyard Key!

Two boys go walking through the forest on a hallowed day.
A froggy sings.
A lantern swings
To light the wooded way.

A Beast lurks out in the Unknown just waiting for his turn,
So don't despair.
Be wise. Beware!
Or you'll be fuel to burn.

When you've figured out which item this riddle is about, search for it in the catalog to find The Graveyard Key and a clue to crack your first game code!

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My interpretation: figure out what book is being referenced in the riddle. Search for the book. If it's correct, there will be a key somewhere on the record page - click on the key to get another clue.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what book/story/movie/etc is referenced in the riddle. Searches based on some of the words in the riddle get me nowhere. This is what I get for being culturally illiterate...

Maybe 1 of the 7 who have solved it will come back and give some tips or clues!

Update: I managed to stumble on the first one. There is no image of a key in the record though - you have to read the whole thing to see that you've found it. But then there's another riddle to solve...

Ugh! Stuck on the last code. Counted and counted again but can't get it right.
Anyone have any hints.

OMG thank you. The URL never occurred to me, and I guess I didn't play the badge from the 2018 game you're talking about.

Let me pass on another hint: when it says start with the first letter, that's the first letter that's counted (vs. starting from there and counting ahead 1 space to find your first letter).

Hello, we are so close to solving the last code. We went back to the item in the catalog that gave us GATE limerick. We found the 8 digits in the URL observation number. We put the 2 code words together to construct the nonsense word. I started on first letter for 1. I think I am getting stuck on zero. Do I repeat the same letter again or go back 1 letter? Do I count next letter as 1 or the letter I am on? We are so close...

The zeros mean repeat that letter you just wrote down and then start counting again from that letter. I'm hoping this makes sense. I'm trying to hint without giving it away. It took me 3 tries of counting to finally get the right combination.

Hi Valerie, Thank you for your response. Still No Luck. We are using OBS 8 digit number from GATE item. Is this correct or do we use OBS no from KEY item? A couple other clarifications...1) If we encounter a 1 and then a 0 then this will be the same letter correct? OR do we count 1 on starting letter and then code is the next letter after that? I have tried both ways. Maybe tell me how many "O"s are in code. OR First and last letter so that I know that I am counting correctly. Help.

I found the first item but can't make heads or tails of the limerick there that's supposed to point me to the code. Help, anyone?

Stuck on 2nd code. Found the character's name, but not sure what fake and short are referring to. 1st name gives 23919 results. 2nd gives 23919. together gives 523. How can I narrow it down? thanks

Hello, we are so close to solving the last code. We went back to the item in the catalog that gave us GATE limerick. We found the 8 digits in the URL observation number. We put the 2 code words together to construct the nonsense word. I started on first letter for 1. I think I am getting stuck on zero. Do I repeat the same letter again or go back 1 letter? Do I count next letter as 1 or the letter I am on? We are so close...

I'm having trouble with the last one, maybe I'm not using the right code? Could someone give me a hint or something I'm lost

I have no idea what to do at all ;-;. Even tho I am used to challenges in the summer game, this is just too confusing...

This summarizes everything above. For the last code, put the two codes you have found together since it says it says "Then, combine the Key Code and the Gate Code ". "Count along to The numbers you Observe in the record" refers to the last 8 digits in the URL of the Gate item. Count along using the digits, each new letter you write down is your new starting place. Counting 0 spaces means to repeat the letter. I hope this helps everyone!

OK, I've followed your advice but can't seem to get the right code. I think there are two double letters and one triple letter, at least there is if I follow your instructions. Need more help.

I am lost trying to find the "short name that is all it takes". I see the character on the key; am I supposed to figure out the character's name?

Found the first item but I can't figure out the riddle. I think it has something to do with the first item, though...

I'm having trouble figuring out what book/movie/etc the first riddle is about. Can anyone give me a hint?

Got it

The random capitalizations in the final riddle is really throwing me off. Is that relevant to the nonsense word at all? I'm having so much trouble with the counting!

Okay I massively don't understand the last clue at all. Is it supposed to be the first two clues, L****E******* (or else E*******L****)?? And if so, what on earth do you do from there???

I am still confused. I have tried starting with both E...L.... and L...E.... and counting using the numbers of the item that contains The Graveyard Gate record number and am still not getting it. Can you help?

I was thinking that too but I figured out that you don't need to actually have the key-gate code; you just need to know the first letter which is the first letter of the key code or the first letter of the gate code and then you start from there. I still didn't figure it out yet.

I've solved all the others but this key is the hardest. I need some better clues than just " google the phrases" because that didn't help at all

I have the key word, the gate word, and the record number. I've tried every suggestion people have listed and NO LUCK!! There has got to be a simpler way to find this code. This is getting truly ridiculous.

It looks like "Each letter you land on will be your new start place" only works for the first number, and for zeros. For the other numbers, start with the next letter. Hope that helps.

i figured out the answer to this riddle (Part 1) and found the book, read the riddle (Part 2) and i need help solving it
Plz help!!

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