Category: Clue 2 – 530 enigma

530 – Generally accepted solution

OPENING
My first, first half of the half of the first age,
Precedes my Second and Third, seeking their way.
My Fourth is inspired, my Fifth is in rage,
But, without protest, follows my Fourth and the roman alpha.
My Sixth is hidden at the limits of ETERNITY.
My Seventh, standing, spits his venom.
To find my all, just to be wise,
Because the Truth, in truth, will not be a Devin’s affair.

Solvability: We discover the opening of the game is in Bourges, but there are still a few mysteries here. 

This enigma identifies the starting city of the game, Bourges.

How the solution is reached

This is a simple riddle with each line revealing part of the word. Some of these answers don’t translate well to English, but I’ll do my best to explain.

My first, first half of the half of the first age

B for baby

Precedes my Second and Third, seeking their way.

OU où is a phrase to ask when seeing the way “où?”

My Fourth is inspired, my Fifth is in rage,

R because the air is inspired

But, without protest, follows my Fourth and the roman alpha.

G is in in rage and follows my fourth, the R, and the Roman Alpha A ;

My Sixth is hidden at the limits of ETERNITY.

E is the start and end letter of ETERNITE

My Seventh, standing, spits his venom.

S is the noise a snake makes SssS

So the opening, or starting place is BOURGES.

The visual

The cockerel is the symbol of France, and the bird is standing against the French map, with its head roughly on the city of Bourge. It appears to be crowing, symbolising the morning, the start of the day.

Points to consider

The main body of the clue spells out the word Bourges, but there are still some unsolved elements of this clue.

To find my all, just be wise (‘Sage’)
Because the Truth, in truth, will not be a Devin’s affair.

This phrase uses the idea of wisdom (Sage in the original French) versus divination, the archaic French word ‘Devin’ suggests a soothsayer, so perhaps the opposite of wisdom, black magic or guesswork.

The Truth, in truth is odd phrasing. It’s not clear what this means.

Max said the capitalisation of letters didn’t matter, except in the word ETERNITE. So why is this word highlighted? It could be that this is one of the leftover clues for the ‘super solution’ but it could be relevant now.

In conclusion

We start the game in Bourges, marking this on the map. There seems to be nothing else to do here, but it’s worth considering extra clues in the image or the last two lines of the text.

See also

Clue 2 – 530 enigma text

530 enigma madits

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530 – Madits and links

‘Madits’ are the things Max said (‘Max dits’) about the treasure hunt. He answered searcher’s questions on a Minitel service (an early form of internet.)

A summary Max gave to Le Figaro Magazine (published on Friday, June 27 , 1997 , pages 120-121) :

  • This riddle gives a place to start the game, and this starting place is also the key to moving on to the next riddle.
  • The rooster in the visual is not a weather vane.
  • The word “Sage” is only for puzzle 530, but you can solve the charade without understanding this word.
  • What the word “All” in the penultimate line represents is not the “All” referred to in riddle 650.

Some more Madits:

QUESTION n ° 39 FROM 2000-10-19
TITLE: GRAIL
IS THE ROOSTER IN THE 530 SINGING?
IT DOES NOT MATTER. FRIENDSHIPS – MAX
QUESTION n ° 19 FROM 2001-12-05
TITLE: VISUAL 530
YOU SAID THAT IT IS NOT IMPORTANT THAT THE COCKERAL SINGS. DO WE HAVE TO DETERMINE WHAT TIME OF DAY IT IS? IF YES, I THINK THAT WE HAVE THE MEANS TO DO SO. ULYSSE
I HAVE SAID ON MANY TIMES THAT THIS MOMENT HAS NO IMPORTANCE, ULYSSES … FRIENDSHIPS – MAX
QUESTION n ° 11 FROM 1995-09-05
TITLE: COCKERAL
ON THE HEAD OF THE ROOSTER THERE IS: A) A RIDGE B) A FEATHER C) NO IMPORTANCE D) I CANNOT ANSWER …. FRIENDSHIPS
A FEATHER. BUT THE BREED OF THE ROOSTER HAS NO IMPORTANCE (IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW!) FRIENDSHIPS – MAX
QUESTION n ° 43 OF 1996-05-23
TITLE: 530
IS THIS ENIGMA RELATED TO THE GAME OF CHESS, MAX?
NO. I HAVE ALREADY EXPLAINED THIS. FRIENDSHIPS – MAX
QUESTION n ° 38 FROM 2001-12-13
TITLE: 560
AT THE END OF THE RIDDLE AM ​​I FAR FROM THE ‘FROZEN NORTH’ AS IT IS DESCRIBED IN THE RIDDLE 530? THE OPENING IS NOT SOMETHING THAT OPENS INTO INFINITY YOU HAVE SAID. SO: THE OPENING CANNOT BE AN ANGLE, AM I RIGHT IN STATING THAT?
THE OPENING IS NOT AN ANGLE. FRIENDSHIPS – MAX
QUESTION n ° 14 FROM 1996-08-28
TITLE: BAD FAITH ISN’T CUSTOM?
THERE IS NO GRASS DEPICTED IN THE 530. WILL YOU AFFIRM THAT THESE GREEN AND YELLOW FEATURES ON THE FEET OF THE ROOSTER ARE NOT A PLANT? AND THAT BECKER HAS NOT EVOKED BRUSHWORK SHOWING GRASS?
OF COURSE THERE IS A SIMILAR GRASS IN THE 530! WHAT I WANTED TO SAY IS THAT THE THING IS EVOKED AND CANNOT BE COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE 520 OR THE 500! THEN I WILL MAKE YOU AT EASE: DO NOT TAKE ANY ACCOUNT OF THE GRASS BRUSHES IN THE 530, THEY HAVE NO ROLE TO PLAY! FRIENDSHIPS – MAX

LINKS

You will find more Madits on Airyn’s excellent Wikichouette site. (French)

Madits discussed by Carpe Diem (French)

530 enigma text

OPENING
My first, first half of the half of the first age,
Precedes my Second and Third, seeking their way.
My Fourth is inspired, my Fifth is in rage,
But, without protest, follows my Fourth and the roman alpha.
My Sixth is hidden at the limits of ETERNITY.
My Seventh, standing, spits his venom.
To find my all, just to be wise,
Because the Truth, in truth, will not be a Devin’s affair.


OUVERTURE

Mon Premier, première moitié de la moitié du premier âge,
Précède mes Second et Troisième, cherchant leur chemin.
Mon Quatrième s’inspire, mon Cinquième est en rage,
Mais, sans protester, suit mon Quatrième et l’alpha romain.
Mon sixième, aux limites de l’ETERNITE se cache.
Mon Septième, dressé, crache son venin.
Pour trouver mon tout, il suffit d’être Sage,
Car la Vérité, en vérité, ne sera pas affaire de Devin.

See also:

530 – Generally accepted solution

530 – Madits and links