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Bit by Bit (Posted on 2006-05-12) Difficulty: 3 of 5
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

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Solution re: hint + Charlie = solution (Spoiler) Comment 5 of 5 |
(In reply to hint + Charlie = solution by Bob Smith)

Good job Bob!

Even with your given solution it was hard to see. 

For each base-32 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.
* _ _ _     _ _ _   * _ _ _   * _ _ _   * _ _ _
_ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _

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.
* * _ _     * _ _   * _ _ _   * * _ _   *   _ _
_ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _

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:

* * * *     * *     *     *   * * *     *   * 
*         *     *   *     *   *     *   *   * 
* * *     *     *   *     *   * * *     * * * *
*           * *       * *     *     *       *

A very clever puzzle, Gamer.

Edited on May 18, 2006, 4:15 am
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2006-05-17 07:57:54

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