The Enchant Puzzle 
was released with Emilie Autumn's Enchant on February 26, 2003. It was printed on the back of the album insert and contained very simple instructions:
Everything you need to solve the puzzle and retrieve the treasure is contained within the album jewelcase. use the puzzleboard to begin your jouney towards the Prize: the Wings, Ruff, Fan, and Sceptre of the Faerie Queene Herself. A priceless collection of artworks, the Queene's raiments are encrusted with hundreds of genuine crystals and wrought entirely by hand in the fae tradition.
Look, Listen, and Trust your instincts.
These enchanted objects may soon belong to you!
The Rules: The game begins upon the release of the enclosed album and will continue until it has been solved, with the prizes going to the first person to solve it. Anyone may play the game regardless of age or nationality.

Hints Given by EAEdit

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Emilie no longer gives out hints to the puzzle, but she still insists that the Puzzle is solveable.
  • The answer will tell you what to do, or rather, that IS the answer. [1]
  • Have faith. I assure you the Puzzle is entirely crackable, though I didn't expect it to happen right away. Then again, maybe I did... Hm. And I DO want to give the wings (and other) away, as I can't really do anything with them myself. If I wore them, then you'd all pretty well know where they were, right?
    Hint: If you have read and fully comprehended the solution to Kit Williams' "Masquerade," you'll have a few more crumbs of a chance than if you haven't. Not that it will help you solve it - it won't - but it will teach your mind how it needs to work. Or not work...sorry.[2]
  • "I really want to have a tea party, but I just don't have the time...Time...Shakespeare always capitalized it..." [3] (The "T" in "Time" is important.)[4]


The Enchant Puzzle prizes are the costume pieces of the Faerie Queene, handmade by Emilie Autumn prior to the release of the album. The costume included Wings, Ruff, Scepter, and a Fan.

Attempts and analysis Edit

  • The reason why the Enchant Puzzle is so difficult to solve is that it cannot be cleanly divided into parts, and the intended solution - which presumably would be a description of how to contact Emilie, or someone else, to claim the prize - is likely to be a long phrase. The only clear divisions in the puzzle are the twelve boxes in the middle and each of these is too small to meaningfully contribute on its own. This means that applying consistent rules to the puzzle tends to result in strings of letters that are highly ambiguous and impossible to verify as part of the solution, or as not part of it.
  • The puzzle's complete letter space is 144 letters and includes every letter of the alphabet except J, X and Z. 130972 possible English words can be formed from the available letters, of which 46551 come from only letters on the border. This means that almost any phrase can be formed somewhere on the puzzle. Potential phrases that can be formed include CONTACT ENCHANT CLOTHING, MALIBU, CALIFORNIA, PASSWORD KOYAANISQATSI and E-MAIL INFO AT WILLOWTECH HOUSE DOT COM, referring to two clothing stores with likely connections to the production of the items. However, this have no clear pattern in the puzzle and, as with many candidate solutions, cannot be distinguished from coincidences given the large number of letters available and the unknown nature of the solution. (Please do not contact Emilie's family on this basis!)
  • It is important to remember that Emily's output and website at the time of the Enchant puzzle's release was based entirely on the "fairy" theme. Her gothic, Victorian, and insanity themes had not yet emerged and thus are unlikely to appear in the solution.
  • A utility for tracing the routes between letters in the Enchant puzzle can be found at . Note that this does not include the image of the Enchant puzzle because it is copyrighted; it must be supplied by the user.
  • Masquerade was based on tracing lines through the eyes and hands of figures in the pictures to letters on the outer border of the pictures. It is likely that this is part of the Enchant Puzzle too, given the erratic spacing of letters on the outside border. However, tracing lines from the centers of images based on the songs to the outer border has yet to produce any meaningful anagram, nor has tracing lines through the dragonflies pictured on the puzzle (this produces the letters ALNCMER and one line which strikes an empty space on the border between E and V).
  • The top sonnet includes "if you dare to fall from space". Tracing two vertical lines downwards across the puzzle from the two stars (space = stars) in the top row gives an anagram of "DEVIL'S MOBILE TEMPLE". There is no such structure, nor is there a Devil's Temple in the city of Mobile, and although there is one in Detroit it was built after the puzzle was written. This set of letters also includes the phrase "TELL EMILIE" but the remaining letters do not make anything meaningful. Removing the letters T-I-M-E, as per the sonnet the clue "take your time", gives an anagram of "I'M SOLVED TELL PB", but it is not clear who or what PB is.
  • The musical notation at the top of the puzzle indicates a key of: G minor, Bb major, or C dorian. The only song on the album in any such key is If You Feel Better.
  • The boldfaced letters surrounding each individual box form an anagram of a word. In reading order, these are: dark, word, ancient, spell, believe, vision, mind, sleep, beauty, moment, shadow. If using both bold and light letters, many other anagrams are possible, with some significant ones: rat, hoard, demon, women, wonder, ancients, canniest, tea, tell, elves, open, poise, maidens, spot, pestle, tale, memento.
  • The song Faces Like Mine includes "Go ahead and solve the puzzle, if you need the glory.." which was interpreted as potentially meaning that the prizes were no longer available, possibly because the puzzle has already been solved. (Note above that Emilie only stated that the puzzle was still solvable, not that the prize for doing so was still available.)


  1. Hint #1
  2. Hint #2
  4. The Opheliac Companion

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