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April 1st, the aftermath

RichiH on 2012-04-15

It's been two weeks since our April Fools quiz; thanks to everybody who participated. Several people managed to complete the quiz; the first eight are:

  1. dwfreed

  2. bikcmp

  3. divVerent

  4. sbp

  5. meridion

  6. heftig

  7. JoshuaA

  8. [bjoern]

Here are the riddles and their solutions, in the original order:

Stage 1, the picture linked on the blog:

ITucplOwnTShozIfVT1cM2u0VTWyVPZwp3EupaD=

This was base64 + rot13 encryption,

start

Stage 2, topic in ##start

MLG UZHGVI GSZM

Encryption A-Z Z-A, "NOT FASTER THAN"

With a bit of thinking, this led the users to ######neutrinos

Stage 3, topic in ######neutrinos

C0LEMAK 43WRXC 34PTCXRW XSF34GDVC BHJ6 CTP4GHKNL7 87JHKMEN

Solvable with a picture of the Colemak keyboard layout and a bit of tracing with your fingers. Following the path between the keys on the keyboard gave you C, O, D, I, N, G.

Stage 4, topic in ####coding

  1. Find a five-digit number in which the last number is the sum of the first, second, and third; the third is four less than the last; the fourth is two less than the last; and the first and fourth added are one less than the last. The last number is also three times the second.

Plain math, 13579

Stage 5, topic in ####13579

This "huge" work, written over twen ty years, contains ten books. What colour is it?

The Great Book of Amber

amber

Last Stage, topic in ####amber

i yam what i yam but i yam ####

which lead to ####popeye, the final channel.

We hope you enjoyed our little quiz and had a great time.