What is represented by this 4 by 4 grid of letters and numbers?
N Q R K
V 0 1 E
V J J D
I C D 2
(In reply to
First hint by Gamer)
Treating each horizontal string as a base32 number (5bits in each letterdigits 0  V) and converting zeros to spaces and ones to asterisks gives:
* ***** * ** *** *
***** * ***
****** *** ** ** *
* * ** ** * *
There's some pattern here, but not recognizable.
DATA NQRK
DATA V01E
DATA VJJD
DATA ICD2
CLS
cv$ = "0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"
FOR i = 1 TO 4: READ s$(i): NEXT
FOR i = 1 TO 4
s1$ = s$(i)
n = 0
FOR j = 1 TO 4
n1 = INSTR(cv$, MID$(s1$, j, 1))  1
n = n * 32 + n1
NEXT
b$ = ""
FOR k = 1 TO 21
d$ = LTRIM$(STR$(n MOD 2))
IF d$ = "0" THEN d$ = " ": ELSE d$ = "*"
b$ = d$ + b$
n = n \ 2
NEXT
PRINT b$; " ";
PRINT
NEXT

Posted by Charlie
on 20060513 12:10:55 