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Posted on 29 April 2015
The title itself shows you the path you need to take
TPOFA AHNFR REDRO MEOHO COUTE BENAC EHTFO LMETT EOLOX TTEYO FTTHI ATOLO CRHAF
From the clue of a spiral staircase winding down counterclockwise (along with the title), you determine that this might be a route puzzle in the shape of a spiral. Since there are 13 sets of 5 letters, you determine that they’ll need to fit into a 5x13 grid. You begin filling in the letters from the top left in a counter-clockwise downward spiral (as is the staircase in the photo):
This then reveals a message when read left to right:
"The captain of the football team of the country of the creator of the loxodrome."
Researching this gives you:
- Creator of the loxodrome: Pedro Nunes
- Pedro Nunes’ nationality: Portuguese
- Captain of Portugal’s National Football Team (Seleção Portuguesa de Futebol): Cristiano Ronaldo
- Answer: Cristiano Ronaldo
The message in Rima