Puzzle #11 Solution

By shuttlecock | Shuttlecock Puzzles | 29 Apr 2022


The image contains 16 columns and 16 rows of "vulcan greeting" emojis, each with varying number of "dots" on them. The challenge is to extract information about a password to unlock a text file: https://www.protectedtext.com/shuttlepuzzle11. Let's take a closer look at the image.

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The first thing to note is the corners of the image. If you look closely, you will see that the top left contains a "0", and the bottom right contains an "F".

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How do we make sense of this? We can see them as coordinates. The top left is 0,0 and the bottom right is F,F. This means that the columns and rows are ordered in hexadecimal -- 0 to 9, A to F. 

Now, the title is ViteFlE3T. When we convert this title to hexadecimal, we get: 

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This is information about the coordinates of where to look on the image. Specifically...

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Now, with this information, we can focus on each of the identified emojis. Let's look at the first one. 

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In this emoji, there are 6 dots in the top half, and 8 dots in the bottom half. Simply multiply the two numbers to get 48. 

Do the same for the other identified emojis, and you'll get the following numbers: 48, 2, 56, 72, 8, 24, 12, 40, 10.

Simply string them together, to get this: 4825672824124010

This is the password to unlock the file at https://www.protectedtext.com/shuttlepuzzle11. The file contains the following information:

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And the puzzle is solved!

 

 

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