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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 06/24/2005 :  20:18:20  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Okay, folks. As a continuation of this thread, and hopefully allowing for more participation, I invite everyone to offer puzzles, either of their own creation, or favorites from whenever/wherever.

I'll start off with one I've made tonight: What is the secret word?

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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
4954 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2005 :  20:34:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message
It wouldn't be "fuck, I don't know how to figure this out" would it? Oh-- that's not a word. But it's a string of words. Does that count?
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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 06/24/2005 :  20:39:51   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
No, to both questions.

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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
4907 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2005 :  09:33:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
icenter?
trophy?

Are you saying I didn't have to map that damn thing out?


Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
Edited by - Ricky on 06/25/2005 09:34:19
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the_ignored
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2557 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2005 :  13:07:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send the_ignored a Private Message
Bleep that! I'm not even going to try it until I get some graph paper, so's I don't keep making my "lines" too damn long. That's messing me up.

>From: enuffenuff@fastmail.fm
(excerpt follows):
> I'm looking to teach these two bastards a lesson they'll never forget.
> Personal visit by mates of mine. No violence, just a wee little chat.
>
> **** has also committed more crimes than you can count with his
> incitement of hatred against a religion. That law came in about 2007
> much to ****'s ignorance. That is fact and his writing will become well
> know as well as him becoming a publicly known icon of hatred.
>
> Good luck with that fuckwit. And Reynold, fucking run, and don't stop.
> Disappear would be best as it was you who dared to attack me on my
> illness knowing nothing of the cause. You disgust me and you are top of
> the list boy. Again, no violence. Just regular reminders of who's there
> and visits to see you are behaving. Nothing scary in reality. But I'd
> still disappear if I was you.

What brought that on? this. Original posting here.

Another example of this guy's lunacy here.
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GeeMack
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USA
1093 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2005 :  14:54:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send GeeMack a Private Message
I don't want to give away the answer, but it's like way cool, like 60s man, like tie dyed and paisley. How about I provide a little clue. The matrix is 30 cells by 39 cells. So the graph paper doesn't have to be too large. But, and this is a big but, which cell should you start in?
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GeeMack
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USA
1093 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2005 :  15:46:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send GeeMack a Private Message
More puzzles...

There's a popular treasure hunt game called Geocaching. It's played using GPS, or Global Positioning System receivers. I'm sure some of you are already familiar with the game, and some of you probably even play. For those who don't know of it, it's sort of an Easter egg hunt for us big kids. The "egg" is hidden at some particular geographical coordinates, those coordinates are posted on a central web site, and other players use their GPS receivers to go out and locate the "egg". It isn't quite as easy as it sounds, though, because the hidden item might be as small as a 35mm film canister, and the GPS receiver can only get you within about a 30 foot radius of the actual coordinates.

There is a variety of challenges that can be applied when hiding the treasure to make it more difficult or more fun for the participants. I've hidden a few of these Geocaches within several miles of where I live in Peoria, Illinois, USA. To make it more interesting I've created puzzles and riddles that must be solved in order to get the actual coordinates pointing to the locations of my hidden caches.

Generally we use coordinates specified in degrees, minutes, and thousandths of minutes. There is a north/south coordinate and an east/west coordinate required to pinpoint the location of any cache. In North America we only have to consider a north and a west coordinate, because we're north of the equator and west of the prime meridian. Coordinates for finding caches in the USA usually look something like: NXXXX.XXX' WXXXX.XXX', with the X's being replaced by the appropriate digits, of course.

Although most of you don't live where it would be practical to actually hunt the Geocaches I've hidden, I thought you may enjoy solving the puzzles and riddles that go along with them. Your final answers to each puzzle will essentially be a pair of 7 or 8 digit numbers. You can find the listings for my caches here: GeeMack's Hidden Geocaches

Some of them are pretty easy, and some might prove a bit more daunting. If you solve these puzzles you can post your answers here, or send them to me in a Private Message so everyone else gets a chance to try.

You can find everything you want to know about the hobby/sport of Geocaching here: The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site
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Dave W.
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USA
25997 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2005 :  16:39:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ricky

icenter?
trophy?
No, no.

GeeMack sent me the correct answer in a PM.

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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 06/25/2005 :  22:11:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ricky

Are you saying I didn't have to map that damn thing out?
Hey, why the heck aren't you working on the previous code, anyway? No trying to answer the maze puzzle until you've done the other thing.

Oh, that's for Ricky only. The rest of you can puzzle out whatever you feel like.

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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
4907 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2005 :  21:31:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
Alright, Dave, I guess one puzzle at a time is the best way to do it.

Dave's code:

quote:
59 36 1A 52 55 17 45 52 1B 0E 0F 1C 58 0C 72 3B 0A 08 12 55 0C 69 69 53 1B 07 1A 19 08 44 48 09 17 13 45 54 1C 07 1A 12 0F 1C 54 41 03 0D 1A 01 54 54 1C 0D 45 4C 0D 02 08 4B 4F 09 46 41 41 53 03 19 02 0E 45 49 07 4E 54 1C 0D 45 4C 09 11 00 11 17 5F 4B 14 17 14 04 10 0B 0D 1A 59 53 07 01 13 00 46 41 12 53 49 07 0A 0D 0A 02 15 1D 07 09 47 41 41 4C 0D 02 08 4B 4F 09 46 53 03 11 02 06 16 5D 0E 00 69 69 54 1C 07 1A 12 0F 1C 54 4F 09 46 49 1D 54 54 1C 01 1A 53 4C 0D 12 07 54 54 1D 04 08 49 0C 48 07 18 12 13 13 17 5E 0C 41 0F 0A 44 49 1D 54 48 0D 09 1C 15 01 44 41 41 47 15 17 04 15 54 44 01 04 0D 42 0E 61 2F 0A 44 4E 01 43 0C 4E 01 4F 53 0A 0A 07 11 08 4D 69 6E 4A 4D 41 16 16 13 17 45 4F 09 46 54 1C 09 15 54 54 06 13 0F 1D 1E 04 1D 07 53 49 07 4E 62 23 14 11 0B 1B 54 41 02 17 01 14 0D 00 15 59 55 06 16 01 44 15 18 4F 0B 1D 54 4D 08 08 02 1D 0B 59 4F 1D 52 41 0F 17 0D 1C 01 07 09 47 4C 05 02 0E 45 54 1C 09 15 5A 0E 00 62 23 14 11 0B 1B 54 49 1A 53 4A 1F 06 07 54 41 41 54 06 13 0F 1D 1E 04 1A 00 1A 06 01 4E 53 03 15 06 0A 0F 0F 0A 02 15 1D 06 01 42 0C 4E 01 1B 54 55 06 16 01 44 46 09 1D 52 53 07 1B 1D 13 06 02 4B 0E 62 3B 59 54 1C 0D 45 57 16 18 55 0C 69 6E 51 13 45 47 08 1B 54 41 41 43 0C 1A 05 1C 09 45 4F 09 46 43 0C 0B 01 16 53 69 69 57 16 0F 1A 54 54 1B 4F 54 06 0B 59 4F 1A 01 54 4F 01 4E 59 16 1A 59 0C 42 17 01 54 54 1C 1A 1D 1A 12 0F 48 57 1F 01 0A 0B 48 69 69 57 18 01 49 53 54 42 07 45 41 03 0E 09 45 54 1B 4F 45 0B 0D 0C 0B 01 45 54 1C 0D 16 16 45 4C 0D 13 15 02 45 41 0C 02 1A 1B 1A 07 53 4F 09 46 54 11 1D 0C 58 0C 53 1C 4F 46 09 1D 15 0E 1F 13 45 4D 08 45 49 0F 46 69 69 42 07 06 0C 02 08 45 02 50 17 11 1D 0A 06 0B 1A 56 02 49 07 4E 54 1C 0D 45 4E 0B 04 13 52 46 13 01 01 07 17 4B


Alright, so here is what I have figured out so far:

1.) The number 84 occurs 36 times out of 568 characters, and it is the most frequently occuring number. This (unfortunately) means that multiple bit values are used to represent the same character. However, this does eliminate the use of any standard coding messages such as Baudot or Morse, as those are always 1-1.
2.) Here are some statistics I have made regarding the frequency of certain numbers:

quote:

0-9: 119
Percent: 20.9139
10-19: 105
Percent: 18.4534
20-29: 110
Percent: 19.3322
30-39: 7
Percent: 1.23023
40-49: 1
Percent: 0.175747
50-59: 3
Percent: 0.527241
60-69: 53
Percent: 9.31459
70-79: 70
Percent: 12.3023
80-89: 78
Percent: 13.7083
90-99: 8
Percent: 1.40598
100-109: 12
Percent: 2.10896
110-119: 3
Percent: 0.527241



Notice, 60% of characters occur from 0-29, and 35% from 60-89. This implies the characters are in fact somehow grouped. At first I thought this meant that you were using some sort of rotating key value (is that the right name?), but I've moved away from that.

3.) It can't be bit shifts (excpet XOR) as the presence of 00 and FF eliminate that possibility. Using any AND bit shift value with 00 will always give you 00, and the same thing with OR and FF. And besdies, you have already done that.

4.) Assuming that each two hex symbols represents one character, that means you have typed 568 characters, while our average is only 385.857. And considering my last message was rather long, I would imagine your repsonse would be as well. But I could be wrong here.

So I'm ready for my first hint: do every two hex digits stand for one character?

I would like to predit that it is in fact two hex digits for each character.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
Edited by - Ricky on 06/26/2005 21:34:02
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Dude
SFN Die Hard

USA
6891 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2005 :  21:58:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
quote:
I've hidden a few of these Geocaches within several miles of where I live in Peoria, Illinois, USA


Peoria.... hehe.

I have a bunch of dumb redneck relatives in that part of the world. Just shift a few miles west to Galesburg.

I avoid the place except during duck, goose, and deer seasons, and the occasional turkey season.


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
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Dave W.
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USA
25997 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2005 :  09:24:50   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Yes, Ricky, "59" respresents one character, "36" another, "1A" another, etc.

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Valiant Dancer
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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  09:31:56   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Valiant Dancer's Homepage Send Valiant Dancer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by GeeMack

I've hidden a few of these Geocaches within several miles of where I live in Peoria, Illinois, USA. To make it more interesting I've created puzzles and riddles that must be solved in order to get the actual coordinates pointing to the locations of my hidden caches.




I've read of Geocacheing before. Someone did a blog of interesting but little know sites where he placed a commerative coin.

Peoria.... I got my first wife from there. I still haven't forgiven the place for that.

Cthulhu/Asmodeus when you're tired of voting for the lesser of two evils

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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 07/08/2005 :  17:10:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
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Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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furshur
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USA
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Posted - 07/11/2005 :  10:57:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send furshur a Private Message
Dave I am not even going to try to do that puzzle because the simple fact is a spiders cannot walk backwards! If you'll notice the spider is facing the wrong way to be able to move down the corridor.



If I knew then what I know now then I would know more now than I know.
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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
4907 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2005 :  15:17:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
What the hell is the significance of the trophy?

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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