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>> ROBOTIC VOICE: Previously on Modern Rogue.

>> You have received a box of implements,

clues, if you will.

[Jason laughs]

Will they be of use to you

in what is sure to be your last adventure?

>> I don't know what to expect.


There we are.

Oh, oh, it's close.

Okay, I guess we'll walk over there.

Could try just raking.



Rake for the win.

Five, one, two.


That's a phone number.

That's an Austin phone number.

>> All right, all right, so, so, obviously,

more coordinates, I think we're about to move.

All right, dude, it looks

like the coordinates are just over there.

I got a travel kit, look at this.



[soft piano music]

So it looks close to here.

Of course, GPS isn't exact.

Oh, wait, no.

If he's doing this for me, for Modern Rogue,

then it's almost certainly in here, right?

There, yes.

Okay, so, in addition to a ping pong ball

from the motion capture suit he was wearing,

there is this dead drop spike that says smell me.

Ooh, there's bees in here.

Okay, so this looks like a homemade dead drop spike

out of resin, so I'm going to guess

this is a test tube with something in it

that I should identify.




[camera clicks]


Why smell me?

So maybe that's a key phrase or something.

Do we have the laptop?


[computer beeps]

Geocache two.

[soft electronic music]


[Jason laughs]

>> He did it.

No, he smelled it.

Yeah, no, he did. >> God damn it.

>> I didn't think he would. [Brian laughs]

Oh, yeah.

Mr. Brushwood, such a simple cipher.

Do not get too self-satisfied, no.

>> The worst part is,

he's not wrong. >> I am not impressed.

You may think that you are quite clever,

that you might be number one,

but you're not, you're a big zero.


>> That's a clue.

[computer chimes]

Wait, that's it, that's all I get?

Number one, but I'm a big zero.

Okay, so I guess we go back to what's in the box.

God damn it, I can't believe I smelled it.

Might as well have just shouted pull my finger.


You may think that you're a one, but you're a big zero.

We haven't used the one time pad.

We haven't translated this.

The spyglass doesn't seem to have anything numeric in it.

We haven't even gotten

to whatever possible transmission is happening.

I'm going to assume that this is burned

and there's nothing else to it.

I think this was just meant to be the phone number.

You may think you're a one, but you're a big zero.

Maybe the one time pad is just all on the number zero.

Wouldn't that be fun?

That'd be easy.

Zero to E, so that'd be O.

Zero to eight would be I.


Yeah, that's still a bunch of nonsense.

So this is labeled 02,

but I have to suspect that this is, like, evidence labeling,

where it's like, this is the second hard drive or USB key.

Let me watch it again,

and maybe there's some other hidden code.

>> Mr. Brushwood, such a simple cipher.

Do not get too self-satisfied, no.

Oh, I am not impressed.

>> Knot.

>> You may think that you are quite clever,

that you might be number one, but you're not.

You're a big zero.


So knots and numbers.

Okay, okay, all right, all right, so.

Oh, man, some of these knots are simple overhand ties,

some are multiples of three.

If I was going to guess, could this be Morse code?

What would that look like if it was?

Hold on.

Dot, dash.

God, what a [bleep]

Man, I got to tip my hat.

Yeah, it's plain as day once you see it.

Dash, dash, dash, dot, dash,

dot, dash, dash.

And because I'm allowed to have a cell phone.

Dash, dash, dash.

Oops, dash.

Morse code to text.

God damn it.

It came out with [speaks gibberish]


Is this garbage?

So he made a point of the knots,

so almost certainly, the message is in the knots.

I assumed it was Morse code.

He said I think I'm a one, but I'm a zero.

It's [bleep] binary, that's what it is.

God damn it.

All right, so it's not Morse code, it's binary.

So let's do this not as dots and dashes,

but as zeros and ones.

I'm going to guess that a simple knot is a one.

No, maybe the simple knot is a zero.

So it's probably a binary translator I could use.

Okay, let's just put it straight out.

So it could be zero, zero, zero, one, one,

zero, zero, one, zero, zero, one.


Okay, so if these were binary,

they could represent numbers from one to 26,

which would work, so this would have to be one,

which would be the letter A.


Aw [bleep]

No, I'm doing it backwards.

It can't be a zero for that first one.

Binary to decimal conversion.

Okay, so, a binary number would be one,

and that would be a one.

One, one, zero would become six,

so that could be one, six.

Zero, one, one, zero makes less sense

because it's the same as six again,

so that would make that also six,

and then again, one, one zero.

Maybe that's not where we're at.

Very clearly, these are in discrete units,

and very clearly ones and zeros has to do with binary.

I don't see enough information here

to make letters out of everything

except for by Morse code, but I already tried that.

I guess I'll just type in exactly what I got,

and see what it shows as alphanumeric.

If I just type in everything, I'll put no spaces.

But there are spaces here.

One, zero, zero.

I get it now, it's the binary solo

from Flight of the Conchords.

One, one.

There's no way that's going to translate right.

Yeah, it just came up with ASCII garbage.

Maybe if I remove the spaces.

Is that the problem?

Yeah, that similarly gives me garbage.

What if I'm over-reading into the big knots

versus the small knots, and what if, instead,

any knot is a one, and any negative space is a zero?

That would change this considerably,

but then I wouldn't know.

No, the gaps seem too uniform for that to work,

and then there's ambiguous ones like this.

Well [beep]

I guess I have to assume the possibility that,

this was the first part to come out,

so maybe he thought this was the obvious beginning,

which would reverse everything around.

Okay, so here, I'll go backwards.

Let me convert each one to a decimal,

starting with the first one.

So we'll go one, one, to decimal is a three,

which would be the letter C.

I guess we'll go in reverse order here.

So one, one, C,

and then that would be a zero in decimal, would be zero.

Wait, but zero doesn't translate

to a letter of the alphabet,

so, it'd have to be whatever, three, zero.

Oh, this is another one of the coordinates,

30 point, yes, okay, okay.

Going backwards, this sucks.

Here, I'll actually just run it through my hands.

Then one, zero.

It's another two.

Then one, zero, zero, zero is an eight.

One, zero, zero, one.

That should be a nine.

My frustration was that I kept seeing numbers

that were starting with zero, which made no sense,

but of course, the answer was,

I was doing everything backwards.

Okay, so I'm going to assume these are coordinates.

We've got 16 digits.

If we split in in half, look at that.

[soft piano music]

30 point, 97 point.

So I'll punch these in.

Goddamn, whoa.

Ooh, that was a crafty one.

Oh [bleep]

This is literally on the other side of the planet.

I'm going to guess I put a digit in wrong,

and I'm going to take a look at this.

Oh, that's right, I got to put in a negative on there.

Also, I definitely put in the wrong number,

so I'm double glad that the error was so obvious.

Man, we are about to go on a hell of a road trip.

Okay, oh, there it is, there it is,

it's down by the pond.

Okay, all right, let's go.

[soft hip-hop music]

[gasps] Jackrabbit.

With all the leaves, it's a little slippery here.

Okay, so we're coming up on the coordinates.

Unfortunately, it is right by the stagnant pond,

so I'm going to assume it's a mosquito extravaganza back here.

So this is roughly where we shot

the Samson and the Chooch stuff,

so I would imagine it's down there.

There is is, okay.

Looks like a land mine.

I'm going to try to not freak out about that.

All right.

[camera clicks]

I'm going to guess this is all just

for securing everything down.

Ah, there we go, we need the laptop.

I see another card.

Looks like I've got some degrees.

Oh, nice.

Okay, so, I don't think these are coordinates.

I think this is something to do

with the compass or the spyglass.

All right.

[soft electronic music]

>> Oh, Mr. Brushwood, you think you're so clever,

so fancy with your new headquarters,

but do you have an underwater lair?

Because I have to tell you, it's awesome.

So awesome, yeah.

Look at this.

All the sharks swimming by.

Did you change the background?

We don't even, we don't have an underwater...

I specifically asked for an underwater background.

Otherwise, this whole thing, it doesn't, it d--

[Brian laughs]

Did you just?

Oh, that's good.

That's, okay, okay, very, yeah,

very funny, very funny.

[Brian laughs]

That's my whole plan.

What are you?

You're just putting the whole plan up there?

I worked really hard.

What the f--

[computer chimes] [Brian laughs]

>> Okay, so I'm going to guess,

goddamn, that's so good,

I'm going to guess that the most important part

for me to figure out is that the evil plan involves

me using the spyglass.

This is also where we shot

the reflective signaling mirror stuff,

so I wonder if that has anything to do with it.

God, this feels like such a nice artifact.

Oh, whoa.

Ooh, here's a question.

It looks like there's something on that bench.

How do I focus?

I've never used a spyglass before, I just realized.

Oh my god, there's a bunch of,

Jesus, they're everywhere.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

Okay, okay, there's eight of them,

and there's one, two, three, four,

five, six, seven, eight degrees here.

Aw, this is amazing.

Aw, you've outdone yourself, Murphy.

My goodness.

So here, I'm going to see if I can get this on my iPhone

so I can see it nice and plain.

Oh, look at that.

Well, I can see that plant.

I bet I'm not supposed to actually be able

to see what's written on each of these,

but instead, they all have some kind

of information on them,

and I'll bet I'm supposed to run over and read them

based on the order of those headings.

They're not really coordinates on a compass.

Those are just headings.

There's eight and eight.

Before I even find out what's on all that stuff,

it's 148, 138, 122, 114, so.

I don't know that we ever learned

how to use a compass properly.


Okay, so you align north with north, I assume.

Yeah, there we go, so you hold it.

I'm guessing all of this, I have no idea.

Oh, this turns.

Ah, okay.

Today, I learned how the compass works.

I'm going to set it to 148, I'm going to align north with north.

Uh oh.

Do I have magnets that's messing this up?

Because that is not north.


So if that's 148 and that's north.

So it looks like, if I look

straight down the barrel of this,

it does seem to go straight down

to that one in the middle of the creek.

So 138 seems to be straight towards the one to that right.

122 looks like upper cliff.

114, tree.

130, that looks like lower cliff.

94, I'm going to guess that guy is the one way off to the side.


158 is the log over there.


Uh oh, 118 looks like upper cliff again.

I think, at this point,

I could just order them based on order.

So even if my measurements are bad,

we could just order them from left to right.

I'm just going to run around and see what they say.

So the farthest left one says 43,

so that's 94 degrees, and I guess,

in a perfect world, I'd be able

to see that from the spyglass.

Then there was one on the tree up here, right?


So that'd be 118, nope, 114.

Then upper cliff, it says eight,

so I assume that's 118.

Then lower cliff says nine,

so that's got to be 122.

Then middle tree, right?

That'd be 130.

Then creek, that seems significant

that it starts with a zero.

Then three to the right, 148, three,

and then 158 is five.


Oh, wait a minute, I think I already got it.

The telltale sign is that the whole message begins

with three, zero, which is the latitude or longitude?

I actually don't even know,

but that's what the coordinates have started with,

and there's that nine, seven

that's another dead giveaway.

We got ourselves more coordinates.

[soft piano music]

All right, let me punch these in.

Punching in, if these are indeed coordinates,

which I certainly hope they are.

We will do three, zero, comma,

negative, because that's what everything else has been.

Fingers crossed.

Ah, another place on campus.

Oh, this is a weird one.

This one's in the woods.

All right, to the woods.

>> ROBOTIC VOICE: Next time.

This is it, this is the last part, right?

We're on the last puzzle.

Boy, wouldn't that be great

if I just lost the coin?


Then we couldn't finish it.

But also, that has me possibly sticking my hand

in a fox burrow, which makes me nervous.


Oh, you sassy mother [bleep]

That is definitely.

Jason Murphy, I cannot believe

how long my Raycon wireless earbuds,

my everyday E25s, have lasted me.

>> You are a power user.

>> Oh my god, yeah, I mean,

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I've even slept in them.

Not for nothing, I'm pretty clumsy,

so that includes them falling on the ground,

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I can't believe how well they work.

I wear mine all the time.

Not even using them, haven't used them today,

but I'm wearing them anyway

because I'm one of the cool kids,

I'm a star-bellied sneetch,

and I want everybody to know.

>> And the best part is, they start at half the cost

of those other earbuds.

>> Yeah, they've got extra bass, long battery life,

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What's not to like?

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>> More like Air Bud than earbuds.

>> Oh, the other dog.

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>> I prefer Snoop. >> That's one G, one G.

I mean, you could click on it,

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