If you solved it thematically, it counts as a win and you can skip ahead knowing the problem was with that dang dev! There's a jump-to-puzzle link at the top to skip ahead.
Browsers "chomp" spaces, so you're unable to see that the output of 'access granted' may actually have trailing spaces (or multiple spaces elsewhere for that matter) that are causing the answer validation to fail. I playtested a lot, but there's always something that will get you. The right answer should end in 'ant0000ed|' or similar.
Hope it didn't detract too much from the puzzles and thanks for taking the time to try it out.