Solution for "Color Coded"
The text at the beginning is a reference the classic Infocom adventure game game "Zork", although no knowledge of this game is required to solve the puzzle.
The text is a hint that these colors somehow encode something using EBCDIC. Indeed this is true...
Unlike Puzzle 1, the labels on the text have more meaning than to provide assistance to the colorblind. While it may be subtle, notice that some text labels are black and others are white. Here, black colors (brown and yellow) represent 1-bits, and white (red and blue) colors represent 0-bits. These colors can then be translated to a binary string (in EBCDIC), representing the line:
What is the name of the Linux lab downstairs?
To which the correct answer is "ALAMODE".
Answers Graded As Correct
- Brown Building 136
- Alamode Lab (BB136)
- "What is the name of the Linux lab downstairs? " (I don't know I'm new at school) BB 136?
- Alamo De
- Brown Building 136 (What is the name of the Linux lab downstairs?)
- BB 136
- Alamode lab
- Alamode Lab