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


'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.

Life 12

Life 12 - Plea

Difficulty: 2
Interest: 4

The image of a spectre floats above a caption with lots of clues pointing to a person, a locale, and an historical event. The last line contains a useful anagram. Unless you are a history buff, you will have to Google up the story to find the solution to this one.

Next Level


Find the name of the historical figure who was pressed to death at the Salem Witch Trials.

Life 13

Life 13 - Das HEXenaLFAbet

Difficulty: 6
Interest: 3

The image holds the key to solving this one. The title is something of a red herring. Pay attention to the clue in the caption below the image.

Next Level


Locate the pixel at (333,222) and find its color, in the standard format for specifying colors in HTML.