The Making Of...
This is not a solution to the puzzle, but provides notes from its poser. This type of answer has been approved by the community.
Caution: This post will contain spoilers.
I recently watched a video from Computerphile on YouTube that covered the Bit Blit algorithm:
This initially inspired me to think about creating a visual puzzle involving two images that would contain commonalities to be revealed with an AND operator. However, I believed that was a bit niche and wouldn't be well received. A few hours later, I was performing a review task and came across this puzzle which focused on binary. It was like magic and all of a sudden my initial idea was reborn in the form of a word based puzzle focused on the AND operator.
This was actually the first thing I started working on. I'm notorious for acrostics, because I absolutely love them. Initially, this was going to be an anagram of binary, "brainy". However, that felt off to me in the scope of the puzzle. I also tried running with rainy, but it still felt off. Eventually, I settled on binary as the acrostic, with the exclusion of the B to create a limerick.
Limericks are something I strive to get better at, so the moment this puzzle became a word puzzle, I knew I wanted it to be a limerick. This proved to be problematic though, for two reasons:
- I'm not very good at writing limericks.
- I didn't have a fully thought out riddle yet.
Each line of the limerick has something to reference the puzzle and how to solve it. This actually made it rather difficult to write the limerick since I wanted each line to relate to the puzzle clearly.
I won't remain in the dark without you. Nothing compares to the light in I do.
This is a pair, meant to direct you to the contrasting words dark and light. I thought of this as an indirect clue that would make sense as the puzzle was answered. It's a dark is to off as light is to on kind of thing.
Answers are tested.
Since the I gave two words as the "answer", you have to test them together to see how they relate.
This is an indirect clue, building on the prior line, indicating that you should compare the two words.
You'll find what you need, in the truth.
This is a clue indicating that only letters that match should be included. The idea was that someone would translate the words to 1s and 0s where the 1s would be the common letters
0010101. However, my mistake provides a value of
0010111 thanks to my lack of sleep when choosing the words.
Boast all you want, I'll even give you the answers...
This is a literal and intentional statement. It provides the B for the binary acrostic, but it also explicitly states that the answer is given.
There are also two subtle hints in the puzzle:
The title's relationship test provides further hints that you should perform comparisons while the emboldened and in the final line is not only a subtle hint to use the AND operator, but the literal, given answer.