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Sha-Zoobie
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Joined: 16 Sep 2005
Posts: 76

i know that the person above made a walkthrough of sorts.

but for the part that i am on (dot matrix), i kinda would like a BETTER explanation of the puzzle from anyone. because i've done everything that a lot of other people said that they did, and even what the walkthrough poster said that i was supposed to do, but i'm not getting the right result.

as helpful as the walkthrough is, i would like to be able to do the puzzle RIGHT. if anyone understands it, went through the process, and doesn't mind explaining, would you PM me or something?

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 11:27 pm
DLT
Decorated

Joined: 30 Mar 2009
Posts: 239

Assuming you're referring to this puzzle:
http://www.thefirstdoor.co.uk/TheFirstDoor/DotMatrix/BridgeOfSighs.htm

You're supposed to
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): replace each line on the image with binary, where dot's are 1's and spaces/unfilled dots are 0's, but for some inexplicable reason this will only turn into nonsence if you turn the binary into ascii characters. I only got the answer by reading the walkthrough on the previous page also - that each sequence of binary is missing a leading 0. I suppose you could figure it out because each sequence contains 7 dots, and ascii works in bytes of 8 bits. From there it is technically possible to assume you're supposed to add a leading 0, since no alphanumeric characters in the ascii table start with 1xxxxxxx. Even so, though, someone like myself with a moderate understanding of binary and ascii never made that connection, and so anyone with any less experience with binary never would, and I doubt anyone with more would be much more likely to either.

To be frank, this entire puzzletrail is badly designed - what they planned to be "the clues all in one place rather than all over" ended up turning out to be "not enough clues at all."

I wouldn't advise trying to enjoy this puzzletrail as a puzzletrail, but it can be fairly amusing to give each page a try before looking at the answer, just to realise the crazy leaps in imagination that the designer(s) thought people could make without reading minds.

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:25 am
Sha-Zoobie
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Joined: 16 Sep 2005
Posts: 76

alright. thank you very much, DLT!

i added the zeros like the page before said, but i keep getting jibberish no matter what text converter i use. i even did binary to hex, and then hex to text, with no luck. i guess i'll just be using the answer then.

in your opinion, what are some well designed puzzletrails? i've only ever finished one. and all the others that i've seen involve giant mind leaps as well... at least, it seems like that to me. but then again, i'm not sure if i'm very good at them yet.. is there a good one in your opinion that would be good for training?

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:30 am
Rogi Ocnorb
I Have 100 Cats and Smell of Wee

Joined: 01 Sep 2005
Posts: 4259
Location: Where the cheese is free.

The puzzle works as 8-bit ASCII (Extended ASCII) if you add the leading zeroes and use this translator:
http://home2.paulschou.net/tools/xlate/

But the designer likely intended that the puzzler do the first part as 7-Bit ASCII (Standard ASCII).

ASCII 1963
ASCII 1965
and
ASCII 1967
would all give the same result.
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Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:42 pm
UnknownForNow
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Re: Joining of the Senses

FergyK0416 wrote:
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): you are joining two senses... if you're looking at something, you've got the visual... so seeing and..?

Well, so far I have looked up Countdown as a song in Google and came up with

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): The Final Countdown

I typed it in as an answer. It told me I was very close, but I didn't type in everything. Hope this helps.

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 5:35 pm
Sophistikted(p_- )
Kilroy

Joined: 23 Jun 2012
Posts: 1

broken dominoes question

K, so I see you all did this a few years ago, but I just started it. Mind helping me with the broken dominoes question? I don't get it at all :c

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:49 pm
a. perrson
Guest

My Broken Dominoes
Hint

You could potentially solve this puzzle with your eyes closed.

Still don't get it?
 Spoiler (Rollover to View): More specifically, a blind man.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:24 pm
Bilal
Boot

Joined: 13 Jun 2007
Posts: 44
Location: Germany

Im on the stars... Just made it hereand now.. I am stuck... if anyone still doing this a shove would be good before I resort to looking at the answer....

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:27 am
Bilal
Boot

Joined: 13 Jun 2007
Posts: 44
Location: Germany

Re: broken dominoes question

 Sophistikted(p_- ) wrote: K, so I see you all did this a few years ago, but I just started it. Mind helping me with the broken dominoes question? I don't get it at all :c

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): http://acelebrationofwomen.org/2011/01/world-braille-day-celebrate-january-4-2011

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:29 am
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