The puzzle, with two moves to solve, is:

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My keyboard is:

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The nature of the puzzle dictates I get to the second ( in a single move so that I can expend my last one moving up. (For those familiar with vim but not the game, my starting square is the yellow highlighted -.)

This level is mostly about the f/F, t/T, ; and , keys. The ability to recall f/F and t/T commands with ; and , persists in between attempts and puzzles.

Clearly I'm supposed to enter in some command, retry the puzzle, and back-peddle to the second ( with , but I can't find a command that takes me there. I thought t3 would do the trick but when I rerun it with , it places me on the first * for some reason.

I would also expect T3; ; to work but I meet with the same fate.

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    I have no idea what I'm looking at :O
    – DrFish
    Jul 1, 2014 at 16:54
  • @DrFish This was my reaction to it
    – Rapitor
    Jul 1, 2014 at 17:04
  • It's a game that teaches how to use vim, a sort of power-user text editor. Jul 1, 2014 at 20:13

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It turns out % is smart enough to know what to do in this situation.

  • This works because % moves to the matching opening/closing brace, which in one presses takes you to the brace just before the exit. Jan 17, 2016 at 19:23
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    My amateur mistake was forgetting that you didn't have to be sitting on the closing paren to go to the opening one. Great hint without spelling it out too much, thanks May 25, 2020 at 0:12

f(, reset, ,, , ?

Seems to work in vim itself, though my keybinds stop me from trying ; :)

e: I forgot the 2-step limit, so this won't fly.

  • That's the closest I've gotten yet, but as noted above: The nature of the puzzle dictates I get to the second ( in a single move so that I can expend my last one moving up. Two ,s means no k to escape the puzzle. Jun 29, 2014 at 4:27
  • Can you do 2, ? Jun 29, 2014 at 4:41
  • As shown on the keyboard, I don't have access to numbers yet. :/ Jun 29, 2014 at 5:01
  • I'm beginning to think this must be a bug; t3 really ought to work. Jun 29, 2014 at 5:01
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    That would have indeed helped, looking back, Someone else pointed out the answer to me: %. Jun 29, 2014 at 6:13

2F( would reach the second (.

  • This suggestion requires 3 keystrokes, but that particular puzzle allows only 2 keystrokes -- one of which must be k to exit the puzzle. So, really there is only 1 keystroke to get to the second (.
    – m_mlvx
    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:03

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