Clue 1


As always, have you figured out another name for the cardinal?




Clue 2


'Cardinalidae' should do the trick.




Solution


Using the layout of a standard American keyboard you can transpose the symbols into numbers and then the numbers into letters. The plaintext reads: "You will find three in Minsk."




Clue 3


Punctuation is key.




Clue 4


The answer might be at your very fingertips.





Clue 1


Further research will be needed here.




Clue 2


You sort of know what you're looking for... and when.




Solution


Searching for three "eggs" and using the years they're labelled with should lead you to the missing faberge eggs. Specifically, the "Hen with sapphire pendant," "mauve," and "Alexander III Commemorative" eggs.




Clue 3


Google is your friend.





Clue 1


Further research will be needed here.




Clue 2


You sort of know what you're looking for... and when.




Solution


Searching for three "eggs" and using the years they're labelled with should lead you to the missing faberge eggs. Specifically, the "Hen with sapphire pendant," "mauve," and "Alexander III Commemorative" eggs.




Clue 3


Google is your friend.





Clue 1


Consider your stamps...




Clue 2


Follow the pattern of the nesting dolls.




Solution


Using the way the sizing of the nesting dolls, you need to extract two letters from each line. For the top line, the outer two letters. Then the second and fourth on the middle line. And the center letters on the bottom line. The plaintext reads: Find a janitor named Dimitri.




Clue 3


Large. Medium. Small.




Clue 4


Outer, inner, center...





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