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 Post subject: September 2010 geek quiz code
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:16 pm 
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What is the code for the geek quiz's 46-60 correct snippet? Does it spell something, or is it meant to just drive us crazy? I've run the string through ascii and unicode scripts, to no avail. I can't find any info on the repeating string "38885", and the groupings don't make sense (not grouped in 4s, as the string is odd; not grouped in 5s either, so the 38885 repeat does not seem to set the key.) The string is divisible by 3, but I did not see anything useful from an octal POV (and the letters don't make sense in octal).
I don't think it is an MD5 hash since it is not divisible by 32.
Is this a code that MPC made up, or is it something obvious that I am missing?


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 Post subject: Yes, it's real...
PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:32 pm 
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I'm surprised that it has lasted this long. Either no one read that far or the readers are slipping. Or, we just goofed up the code and it doesn't mean anything!

I'll offer up a pair of the Maximum PC challenge coins and a random piece of hardware (relic-class here, we're not talking free 980X) to the first one to crack it here and emails me.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:56 pm 
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From what I've seen, 38885 is always preceded by a letter, and is followed by a number.

Also, the length of it is 178, which the factors are: 1, 2, 89, and 178.

The biggest letter is D, so if it is encoded in another number system, it has to be bigger than base 14.


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 Post subject: Re: September 2010 geek quiz code
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:27 am 
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It appears to be just a substitution cipher without a pattern. I'm pretty sure I know what it says... I'm emailing Gordon now to see if I'm right...


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 Post subject: Re: September 2010 geek quiz code
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:59 pm 
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I got it!! Woo Hoo!!!

Now, I'm not one to spoil everybody else's fun, so I'll not post the answer here, but I'll be happy to give hints via PM or email...

I'll just say that it will take more than a programmer's skills to figure it out... and I spent about 2 hours in all in solving it.


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 Post subject: Re: September 2010 geek quiz code
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:43 pm 
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Maybe you can post it under a spoiler tag?

Spoiler: show
Like this.


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 Post subject: Re: September 2010 geek quiz code
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:08 pm 
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Regardless of what it says, it ends up becoming the number 1.


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