So after much deliberation, I've decided to go ahead and post the answer to the puzzle. You all did quite well, I think Mari was surprised to see how quickly this one was solved.
1. [ 2,5,2,3,1,1,8,5 (directions on a phone pad)
2=B 5=E 23=W 1=A 18=R 5=E = Beware ]
2. [ The seat of Royalty = Throne ]
3. [ #9 (the 9th puzzle answer was "Ivory") #9 = Ivory ]
4. [ 23, 11, 8 (alphabet code + 3)
20=T 8=H 5=E = The ]
Your puzzle Answer is: [ Beware the Ivory Throne ]
So, for those of you still working, good luck!
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