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
hint + Charlie = solution by Bob Smith)
Good job Bob!
Even with your given solution it was hard to see.
For each base32 number represented in binary, each of the 5 bits are a separate bit of the "display". (For illustration, each "1" to be represented by an asterisk, and each "0" to be represented by a space.)
For the first number, N (23) the binary value is 10111, the bits are placed in the first column of the first row each 4x4 area.
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The same is done for the second number, Q (26). The binary value is 11010 and is placed in the second column of the first row of each 4x4 area.
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The same process is repeated for each number and bit with the row and column corresponding to the row and column of the original number. The final "display" being:
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A very clever puzzle, Gamer.
Edited on May 18, 2006, 4:15 am

Posted by Dej Mar
on 20060517 07:57:54 