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Cicada 3301 2016 Puzzle

Cicada's Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/1231507051321

Cicada twitter posted https://twitter.com/1231507051321/status/684596461628223488 which leads to

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Important note: What was believed to be a "dendrite" is actually an oak tree, as revealed by a Google search for "dead oak tree clipart". (http://www.clipartbest.com/cliparts/abc/y97/abcy97qTL.jpeg)

  • Please note, the blocks in the background are noise from the image compression, not a QR code.
  • The image size is 563 x 569 (both primes).

The following test is produced by running Outguess:

PGP-Signed Message
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1

Hello.

The path lies empty; epiphany seeks the devoted.

Liber Primus is the way.  Its words are the map, their
meaning is the road, and their numbers are the direction.

Seek and you will be found.


Good luck.

3301


Beware false paths.  Verify OpenPGP 7A35090F.


-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: GnuPG v1
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=sKXT
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----


Likely only clue in message = 'numbers are the direction.' but this is still possible just 3301 way of speaking and not a clue.

If you verify the PGP key using GPG you get:

gpg: Signature made Thu 31 Dec 2015 07:01:07 PM EST using RSA key ID 7A35090F

gpg: Good signature from "Cicada 3301 (845145127)"

gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!

gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.

Primary key fingerprint: 6D85 4CD7 9333 22A6 01C3  286D 181F 01E5 7A35 090F


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