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The Cogbuck Conundrum

Posted by Samantha Spade on August 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM

The name's Samantha Spade: Private Investigator. The last part's my title, not my last name. My investigation has been getting tighter than a Tightwad's bags of cash, ever since the events of the last 26th. The Toon Resistance had been alerted of the existence of a top-secret Cog memo, but they had a big problem: they couldn’t find hair nor hide of it anywhere! (And trust me, they checked under every rock, in every nook and cranny.)

After some sleuthy investigation, it was concluded that the anomalies had intervened with the location of the memo and transported the memo somewhere outside of Toontown. Puzzling Patricia -- my informant inside the Toon Resistance -- was my second pair of eyes on the scene. Luckily, I seemed to have had my work cut out for me. Other sleuths on the scene were solving the puzzles even before I could! Let's check out their findings in a case I'm calling: The Cogbuck Conundrum.

Samantha Spade in... The Cogbuck Conundrum!

A Flunky Introduction

Cogs, Inc. definitely did not want Toons to have all the fun at ReplayFX, as they had sent in one of their own in the hopes of getting free publicity for their own ends. A Flunky had wandered into the ToonFest booth, handing out fake Cogbucks filled with jargon, in hope of enticing Toons to join their corporation. That Cog was a despicable fellow, with his sneaky mumbo jumbo and enticing Cogbucks. Never trust a Cog, that's what I always say.

Luckily, the production line for these particular set of Cogbucks had been tampered with by the Toon Resistance, sneakier than an ant running across your bedroom floor. They always told me I was a good detective, but nobody's ever said my analogy skills are on point. Back on topic, the hijacking was a success, adding a hidden transmission for potential Toon Resistance recruits to spot directly on the Cogbucks.

They had been modified with a QR code, technology which is beyond even the greatest of detectives. Yet, when these codes were scanned, a message and a puzzle from Lord Lowden Clear was received. I may have not attended the event in person, but I could never pass on such a puzzle. This code allowed for Toons attending the event to use their detective skills to solve this conundrum.

Hidden in Plain Sight

These Cog memo pieces were not going to be found easily, as Toons had to find and solve 6 puzzles scattered around the convention center. Once a puzzle was solved, Toons and Resistance Representatives worked together to reveal each memo piece that was hidden behind each puzzle.

A multitude of puzzles tested Toons from all around, all right here:

  • A stray piece of paper… and A mysterious grid: A matching pair, it seems that the contents of the paper have something to do with the grid and how to unravel it.

  • Dimm's Dropped Debris: This puzzle is straightforward, as much as Doctor Dimm isn’t, to look at the different parts and see which one would fit right in his… er… P.O.C.K.E.T.

  • Baker Bridget's Cupcake Creation: I’m no baker, but I can see a scrambled set of steps when I can see them. We’d need to look at other similar recipes to get anywhere with this. Or… maybe the torn pieces could be a hint, too?

  • Circles and Symbols: Wowie zowie, I haven’t any symbols like these anywhere. Maybe covering up parts of it would show something familiar? Those circles probably have something to do with getting an answer, too.

  • Punchy's Predicament and Larry's Levitating Library Shelves: Two tricksy predicaments that Librarian Larry and Fisherman Punchy have gotten themselves into. I’m sure it’s not so puzzling that we’d get stumped by it too!

  • The Final Puzzle: The final puzzle isn’t quite a puzzle, but a quiz from Lord Lowden Clear himself! I hope you didn’t skip to the last puzzle, because you’ll need to know the previous puzzles to finish this one!

Under Lock and Key

At last, after several days of teamwork, some sharp Resistance Rangers had solved the puzzles and gathered all nine pieces of the puzzle to reveal the elusive Cog memo, but there was just one problem…

Drat! It seems that the Cogs have further encrypted their documents, as if they've gotten wise to our intercepting ways. Not to worry though, this should just be a little hiccup in stopping the Cogs from starting their plot.

Say, with this post being on the 26th -- maybe there's even an anomaly in my own investigation! I've seen stranger things from those Loony Labs folk, that's for sure. Either way, it's back to case cracking for me. I hear there's a runaway Clown Fish down at the dock, and I need to get my hands on him for a new trophy!


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Brown Ducky said on August 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM
hmmm... sneaky cogs...

Detective Mouse said on August 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM
Detective Time.....

Rosie said on August 26, 2018 at 3:21 PM
Hmm, interesting...

Azure Nightmare said on August 26, 2018 at 3:56 PM
Will this be a hint for Crash Cashbot HQ?

GrammyM said on August 26, 2018 at 4:10 PM
I think this bears some deep study... i study best when baking chocolate chip cookies so help yourself to the cookie jar!

charcoal said on August 26, 2018 at 4:12 PM

May said on August 26, 2018 at 4:18 PM
Hmm.... Time to get my pipe and cap, and call Furlock Bones!

Good ol' Lollipop Sourbee said on August 26, 2018 at 4:42 PM
These cogs certainly are smart. But we toons are even smarter!

Flappy said on August 26, 2018 at 5:05 PM
Wait, what?

Chef beany said on August 26, 2018 at 6:52 PM
I knew something was going to be published on the 26'th.

Punchy Picklezilla said on August 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM
We gonna have to be sneaky

Buddy said on August 26, 2018 at 8:50 PM
Can't wait to see where this goes!!!!

Hamoudy said on August 26, 2018 at 11:03 PM
So I noticed random italicized letters and decided to write them all down for you, here you go: bkkzih/mdlg.mllg Not sure what this means, but could be useful

Little Spike said on August 26, 2018 at 11:04 PM
Time to investigate this!

Moon Gazer said on August 27, 2018 at 12:14 AM
Everything's getting more suspicious and mysterious... Only Time Will Tell...

Doctor Curly Crinklecorn said on August 27, 2018 at 2:11 AM
I WAS onto something! the wonky letters in the investigation its a bkki code! though i AM having problem i thought i got all of them... but there seems to be a few more inside... we are so close though! its only a matter of time before we crack every secret the tooniverse has to offer!

Megamuffin said on August 27, 2018 at 2:43 AM
oh, what do cashbot want?

sir cogcrusher said on August 27, 2018 at 4:36 AM
they are sneaky but a flunky is not 0_0

ChickenNugget said on August 27, 2018 at 5:27 AM
wonder what the letter says?

Penny said on August 27, 2018 at 6:35 AM
Any leads? Personally, I think this will lead to Crash Cashbot, or who knows? Maybe it'll be something unexpected like the previous 26ths.

Quackup said on August 27, 2018 at 7:00 AM
Could we be getting closer to the event that was planned for April 26th?

Glowing Seed said on August 27, 2018 at 10:35 AM
bkkiXh/mdlg.mLlg This has been pointed out a few times, but to reiterate, these are the italicized letters in the post (case sensitive). I don't know what to do with it myself, but maybe there will be somebody who can! Thanks.

Yellow said on August 27, 2018 at 11:59 AM
I solved the cogbuck puzzle. ;)

Barney Wondersnout said on August 27, 2018 at 12:20 PM
The italicized letters in this post...could it be a replayfx code?

Caden said on August 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM
Anyone else try the QR code on the dollar bill?

Prof. Fleabag Doggenmelon said on August 27, 2018 at 12:46 PM
Interesting. We Professors should get on this and see whats it about.

Santa's Favorite Reindeer, Helper, and Elf said on August 27, 2018 at 1:48 PM
Sounds interesting. Can't wait until the case is cracked!

Matthew said on August 27, 2018 at 3:41 PM
now the wait for crash cashbot starts!

MegaPaws said on August 27, 2018 at 4:37 PM
the cogs must be up to something we need to get ready..

Silly Lily said on August 27, 2018 at 5:38 PM
We can do this, Toons! :D

Diego said on August 27, 2018 at 6:57 PM
why are the letters bkki/mdgmLg in weird font

Lizzy said on August 27, 2018 at 7:09 PM
i scanned the qr code and it had a message with missing letters. the missing letters are: how sthewe atherint imbuk too.

Lizzy said on August 27, 2018 at 7:19 PM
the cogbuck qr code has a letter with a hidden message: hows the weather in timbuktoo?

Lefty Loopenklunk said on August 27, 2018 at 8:07 PM
QR code leads to a message saying "Hows the Weather in tim buk moon" If it directly references Timbuktu, then I would assume hot.. Very very hot

McMonkey said on August 27, 2018 at 10:25 PM
I thought the message said: Hows The Weather In Timbuktoon

Sweetiegirl56 said on August 28, 2018 at 8:29 AM
oh no!

CaptainSarah said on August 28, 2018 at 10:08 AM
This might be the hidden cloud on the map!!

Split and Splat said on August 28, 2018 at 10:36 AM
I think Crash Cashbot is on the horizon...

Nikolai said on August 28, 2018 at 1:27 PM
Crash Cashbot HQ... heh.

Pokecat said on August 29, 2018 at 7:20 AM
Omg... what is going on?

Jay said on August 29, 2018 at 8:21 AM
I think its time i thought about trying to do a mint!

Peanut Bumbersnoop said on August 29, 2018 at 9:24 AM
Hmm... This is getting sketchy.

Angel Of Darkness said on August 29, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Nessie said on August 29, 2018 at 1:50 PM
Ok I Cracked it. Scan the QR code on the Bill, it will bring you to a secret page. It however has missing letters on it- You can fill those in and then get the message "HOW IS THE WEATHER IN TIMBUCK TOON?" Don't know where to go from there. Any ideas?

Doge The Dog said on August 30, 2018 at 12:52 PM
Man, Toontown needs to get some encrypter machines. Them dang cogs always up to no good :/

Starburst said on August 30, 2018 at 4:11 PM
Did someone say ARG?

Moonlit Star said on August 30, 2018 at 4:45 PM
"How is the weather in Timbuck Toon" is a reference to a saying, "How is the weather in Timbuktu?" Timbuktu was a real place that is typically depicted as a city where goods or people could not be traced. This place was used by Donald Duck as a safe haven in a series of comics. The last comic of the series (or at least the last one listed on the wiki) was a comic called, "The Day Duckburg Got Dyed". One of the characters in the comic is none other that Gyro Gearloose. This -might- have information to help solve this ARG or a future one. Only problem is, I don't have this comic and I don't feel like spending ten dollars to get it. I hope that this propels the search for answers further for some of you!

Talker Toph said on August 30, 2018 at 6:52 PM
This had better be good

Robin said on August 31, 2018 at 5:10 AM
Well.. That will take me 2 years to even able to get near the place. I guess I Better Start Now!

Charming said on August 31, 2018 at 6:13 AM
This could be interesting!

Little Sadie said on August 31, 2018 at 3:27 PM
I have an actual cog buck from ReplayFX!

Meh Dog said on August 31, 2018 at 5:49 PM
Its time to Put on our Detective Gear! Those Sneaky cogs...

Susan Twinklepaws said on August 31, 2018 at 9:31 PM
I have a feeling the random letters in italics mean something.... We gotta be sneaky, folks!

King Astro said on September 1, 2018 at 6:29 AM
Cool :D

Miss McMolly Fluffenmuffin said on September 1, 2018 at 7:50 AM
WOOP WOOP! I got the code! But... I don't know how to give it to the Toon Resistance Rangers. Or I think Resistance...??? I don't know. Whatever. Well, gonna play some ttr now, and then gonna figure out the rest of the codes!

Sir Crazy Frinkletoes said on September 1, 2018 at 10:14 AM
I think it's a hint to field offices!

Cupcake said on September 1, 2018 at 10:15 AM
Hmm... What are the cogs up to?

kirby said on September 1, 2018 at 1:31 PM
hmmm what are the cogs up to?
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