Friday, November 10, 2006

Life 11

Life 11 - NOTE: NATO briefing (14:13 PM): locate the odd.

Difficulty: 9
Interest: 4

The image contains a 16x13 matrix of 4-digit numbers. All of them except one begin with the digit 0. All but two of them end in an even digit. The digit 7 never appears in the third position of any entry in the table. 14:13 PM is an odd time.

After a long spell with no progress, the AntiRiddle Team offered a hint that the numbers in the matrix are wavelengths of light in nanometers. Coloring in the entries with values in the visible spectrum may lead to the long-sought solution. It appears that only the three primary colors are required.

Candela ColorOne of the three color areas in the matrix features an interesting color corresponding to a wavelength of 555 nm. This is the color that subectively appears brightest to the human eye, and is the reference point for the unit of luminosity known as the candela. It is not yet known whether this discovery is part of the solution.

After another long spell of dithering around with the color patches, several intrepid puzzle solvers began comparing them to the flags of NATO nations. Eventually this line of investigation paid off. One of the color patches corresponds to the flag of a non-NATO country. That's the odd one out.

Next Level

*Spoilers*


'1413' appears in the table of numbers at R3C6. The only other odd entry is '0143' at R13C16. But that's a red herring (no pun intended). Figure out which non-NATO country is represented by a flag with blue, white, and red stripes.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need more hints from the gods above.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Presumably, the AntiRiddle Team will eventually help us get unstuck if there is no progress for a long time. Already a lot of people have wandered off to ply their attention elsewhere.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous The Antiriddle Team said...

I don't know whether there's going to be help this time. You should think about what usually happens with letters and numbers. The site should undergo some major changes after Christmas. We're very busy right now.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Typically, letters and numbers are cross-mapped.

The most common map is converting A-Z into 01-26, but other, more subtle mappings are possible.

We've played around with NATO and NOTE, converting them from letters to numbers, and considering strings of 8 digits to be dates in the format MMDDYYYY.

We've also considered interpreting 4-digit groups to be time of day in either 12-hour or 24-hour format.

One idea is that NOTE, NATO, and the 'odd' entries in the matrix code for calendar dates and/or times associated with some historical or political event that yields the solution.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right now.... there is sth. different.....

FAF <-> BE[zero]

GEF <-> EBH
is under a picture....
and the title is capital intersection...

1:26 AM  

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