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Savage Wombat said on October 4th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I like the progress you’ve made. But I think the cryptic crossword clues are played out, since he only physically signals the three words. As Jeff R. said, it’s what he says and does.

“blank” Gotham Federal Reserve Chairman?

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on second thought
panel two points at WOULDN’T
panel three points at A WILD FREE LAD
panel four points at chair/dummy in p.3
panel five hand grasping in shrubbery area
panel six grasps staff
can’t figure it out past that
have feeling most objects are red herrings

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He’s going to kidnap and replace the chairman of the gotham federal reserve in order to counterfeit bonds.

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Didn’t really make much of an effort at solving the riddle, because it’s not my forte, but I’ve been saying for a while now that this, this is exactly what the Riddler’s motivation should be. He is not a remarkably unsuccessful criminal, he is a remarkably dangerous high-stakes Dungeon Master. 🙂

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highlyverbal said on October 4th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

@Jeff R. “…and he says there are reasons for everything he says _and_ does.”

Imagine Batman walks into an office and all there is the copier machine. He would be instantly able to deduce that the scheme involved copying. The clue would become too obvious. Sometimes, objects can be included to create context – and assigning meaning becomes a figure/ground type of problem. There is a chair for the desk, because a missing chair would be a different sort of clue! He must walk around the panels, because teleporting would be a different sort of clue.

“Everything has meaning” actually means very little.

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For what it’s worth, in panel 4, he’s signaling with the thumb and two fingers of his right hand, which can indicate either “3” or “7”.

What sort of room has three very different styles of wooden chairs? (two-piece square back in #1 & 2, rounded back with spindles in #3, square back with spindles in #6)

Given panel-to-panel object continuity, panels #1-3 go together, #4-5 go together, and #6 could be anywhere.

The objects on the desk in #1 & #2 are both attention-getters for Batman– The Dark Knight, and the Bat-signal.

Ah, I see. His fingers only form clear numbers in the three panels that have obvious word-play.

Panel #2, one finger: GOT-HAM

Panel #3, two fingers: Wild/anagrammed “free lad” = FEDERAL

Panel #4, three fingers: the three phrases of the “again and again” word bubble are all synonyms for RESERVE

In panel #6, his left index finger is pointing at either his smile, his cheek, or the chair/handcuffs. (So BONDS is a likely possibility, but not the only possibility.)

But is all that part of the *riddle*, or is that part of the *answer*, since *both* are supposed to be contained in the strip?

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I would just like to say that if you rearrange all the first letters of the words in first bubble of panel two you get “Magic Buttock Wits.”

That is all.

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MonkeyWithTypewriter said on October 5th, 2011 at 10:51 am

So he kidnaps some guy, infiltrates the bank, starts his marvelously complex scheme, and some guys in clown masks burst in, the Riddler loses it due to stress and not anticipating this, picks up a shotgun he’d snuck in, just in case…..”YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE MESSING WITH?”

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MonkeyWithTypewriter wins at Internets. 🙂

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I like how he never says “Batman” in his whole monologue. Even assumes that just because he’s a Batman villain, he’s up against Batman. And yet, MGK said that you didn’t need to have any knowledge beyond what’s in the comic to figure out his riddle. If I was seeing this guy, this “Riddler” for the first time with no context, I would think he’s crazy and is somehow gaming against himself. Non?

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Metaphasia said on October 6th, 2011 at 12:38 am

In panel one, we get the word beat and the Riddler’s feet. Beat feet = run.

As previously explained, panels 2-4 make “Gotham Federal Reserve”, with the fingers telling us it’s a single concept.

In three, we get a fedora (fed = law, as White Collar has taught me) and a suit. Lawsuit.

In four, we have him leaning against a cabinet. Lein, cabinet?

Panel five says that he’s going to tell his plan to “him”, with the intention of it failing.

And then six has the chair and the handcuffs, which someone said might be “chairholder”.

So his plan is to kidnap the chairholder of the bank (the guy with the coat), reveal his plan to him, then let the guy “accidentally” escape and reveal his plan, which will cause a run on the bank, letting the Riddler bring a lawsuit against…the chairholder? the bank? And letting him seize their property?

If only I knew a comics fan who was a lawyer and could easily come up with a supervillain plan that involved the law…

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