During the recent BrainBashers cipher convention, a binary code contest took place.
The contest consisted of a binary code transmission where the spaces between the letters were missing and there was no punctuation.
Each letter of the alphabet was translated into its binary equivalent based on its position in the alphabet:
a=1, b=10, c=11, d=100, e=101, f=110, g=111, h=1000, i=1001, j=1010, k=1011, l=1100, m=1101, n=1110, o=1111, p=10000, q=10001, r=10010, s=10011, t=10100, u=10101, v=10110, w=10111, x=11000, y=11001, z=11010.
What is the answer to the question being asked?
[Ref: ZYMX] © Kevin Stone
Hint: The first words are: As this is.
"As this is a very difficult puzzle, I thought it would help if I asked a simple question: What is one plus one?"
Below you will find well-known eight letter words, with only their endings remaining. Can you determine the words?
[Ref: ZINF] © Kevin Stone
Hint: These are the first letters of the words: C, N, D, M, S, S, Y, P, P, H, C, A, P, B.
.....RUE >> CONSTRUE
.....JAR >> NIGHTJAR
.....DIL >> DAFFODIL
.....ANY >> MAHOGANY or EPIPHANY
.....POX >> SMALLPOX
.....GTH >> STRENGTH
.....ELF >> YOURSELF
.....OIA >> PARANOIA
.....IGE >> PRESTIGE
.....HOG >> HEDGEHOG
.....TOO >> COCKATOO
.....DIX >> APPENDIX
.....FIN >> PARAFFIN
.....UPT >> BANKRUPT.
Can you complete the grid such that every row and column contains the digits 1 to 6.
All squares that are connected contain the same digit.
[Ref: ZBQB] © Johan de Ruiter Visit www.puzzlepicnic.com for more Staircases Puzzles.
Hint: Start with the three connected squares that contain the third column on the bottom row.
These words can all have a letter added and then be rearranged to make a new 5-letter word, e.g. noun union NOUN + I = UNION.
The 7 added letters are an anagram of a 7-letter word. What is the 7-letter word, and what are the new words?
[Ref: ZQUH] © Kevin Stone
MAIL + C =
EXIT + S = EXI ST
GOSH + T = GHOS T
CITY + H = ITC HY
NEWT + I = TW INE
DENY + E = N EEDY
MINI + M = MINI M
And the letters CSTHIEM spell CHEMIST.
Your objective is to place some diagonal 'mirrors' into the grid.
If a ray of light is shone in to the grid from each of the letters, and allowed to bounce off the internal diagonal mirrors, each will exit the grid at the twin of the letter that it entered the grid. For example, a ray entering at either letter D will bounce off some mirrors and exit the grid at the other letter D.
Each row and each column will contain exactly two of the diagonal mirrors.
[Ref: ZBTC] © Elliott Line This puzzle appeared in Mensa's EnigmaSig (196.26) and is used with permission.
Hint: Try starting with A and B.