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If you can find the answer, you're a genius.

Post by Johnny Canuck » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:56 am

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FREERINGO ARUFFYELL CATINMICE LITTLETIA KIMCLIQUE MEMEBIRDS SERVEMIMI BRINGUSON HANGDRIES
GETINLAID INNERCAGE GROSSRAGE RIDESDBUS SCATLINGO TRIIANGLE ELITESKIL DRAINGATE LUNARNAUT
TANGIRINE SPEAKCROW ITRADEMAN LIONTIGER CANADARAJ CYRANOSED MYSTACING COMESOULS RIPUPROOT
TRENCHMAP LIONSCENE RERANDEBT ALOSTHOME RUDELENIN CHEATIEST NITENITES HAHACHUUI CENTREICE
STILLFIRE TOPCIPHER LLEMENADE FOWNDTHIS ASOURBOIL ILLGETHIM GETMARIED ICANNOTGO LOGINLIZA
ONILOLCAT HACCERKID RECRUTERS LUCSNOTES LEDOLDBAG ISNTSIDED AREDSTONE HARDWATER FATDUDLEE
SISTERPSI BARBAEDOS HETEXTSIN ICANDDOIT LONGHOBBI BURNOUTTA INTOPLATE PEACHTREY WATERGOLF
EVILFREEX RUDETOPPR ANTIROUGH TUNNELMAN HYPERRIPE BALLYMAYS BATTLECAR REDCATFUR MMACARENA

~ = 211 397 678 429 824 715 923 137 584
% = 323 592 776 914 839 496 126 251 628
& = 443 791 168 849 684 514 966 293 312
! = 523 973 472 644 752 157 244 389 894
+ = 698 181 565 376 871 461 739 222 995
? = 769 436 945 274 552 861 611 172 356
@ = 811 727 453 635 573 197 266 348 987
# = 887 282 489 954 663 789 338 536 144
\ = 933 549 233 853 361 652 115 416 749

%6 ?5 !9 ~3 +8 #5 \9 &4 @3
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Re: If you can find the answer, you're a genius.

Post by Mark Deeks » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:22 am

Not sure I've even found the question yet.
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Re: If you can find the answer, you're a genius.

Post by Graeme Cole » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:44 am

I think it's PARQUETRY

Shouldn't that 196 be 197?

Good puzzle that.

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Post by Johnny Canuck » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:04 pm

...Aaaaaand we have our first official genius! Kudos to Graeme Cole for obtaining a correct solution, especially in the wake of that error (now fixed). You win... extensive bragging rights.
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Post by Johnny Canuck » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:07 pm

Mark Deeks wrote:Not sure I've even found the question yet.
To be honest, that whole thing is the question.
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Re: If you can find the answer, you're a genius.

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:06 pm

When do we get the explanation? Without checking, I think it's been 8 years.

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Post by Giles » Fri May 02, 2014 5:00 pm

I think I'll Hansford this one and say PARQUETRY.

Really nice puzzle, Johnny!

If you want an explanation, try using the numbers as a code for finding certain letters

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Re: If you can find the answer, you're a genius.

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri May 02, 2014 5:18 pm

Bah, it's time the explanation was posted.

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Post by Graeme Cole » Fri May 02, 2014 9:12 pm

I've found the file on my computer where I put my workings-out on this. Luckily I'm very bad at clearing out old stuff.

First, solve the conundrums.

Each three-digit group represents a letter in the grid of solved conundrums. The first two digits are the row and column of the word to look at, and the third digit is which letter in the conundrum solution to take. For example, 211 means look at the word in the second row of the first column, solve that conundrum (in this case FOREIGNER) and take the first letter of the solution (in this case F).

Do that for all the three-digit groups, and the nine-letter rows give you another nine conundrums to solve. Solve them.

Then the last line represents nine more letters. The symbol represents which conundrum you need to look at, and the number tells you which letter of the solution you want. So %6 means to look at the conundrum with % before it (which turns out to be REALHUNQI, or HARLEQUIN) and take the sixth letter, Q.

Following this procedure, %6 ?5 !9 ~3 +8 #5 \9 &4 @3 is QUERTYRAP. Solve that and you get PARQUETRY, which is the overall solution.

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Re: If you can find the answer, you're a genius.

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri May 02, 2014 10:56 pm

Thanks Graeme.

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