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Decrypting this single word below, may enhance your overall health and well being.

The best answer will include an explanation of the encryption steps.
(An understanding of color models may be helpful.)

Lotus

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  • $\begingroup$ My first try came up with ARTZ3. I assume that's not close? $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Mar 30, 2015 at 5:53
  • $\begingroup$ Solving this puzzle is perhaps an EXERCISE. $\endgroup$
    – Aravind
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ I assume you already know the answer, Aravind? $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ No, just guessed an 8-letter word that enhances health and well-being :) $\endgroup$
    – Aravind
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:12
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think the word is 8 letters, personally. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:12

2 Answers 2

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The answer is:

MEDITATE

CMYK - RGB colour codes

blacK Cyan Blue Green Red Yellow Red Cyan
KCBGRYRC + Caesar Cipher = MEDITATE

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  • $\begingroup$ Good one, but why you take the last letter of Black while you consider only the first letter of the other words? Is there a reason or just to make it fit? $\endgroup$
    – leoll2
    Mar 30, 2015 at 14:57
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    $\begingroup$ In printing and graphical software:- Historically the K is always used for Black as B is used for Blue - so not to cause confusion. Usage: CMYK for Print - RGB for on screen graphic work $\endgroup$
    – Hitchmo
    Mar 30, 2015 at 14:59
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    $\begingroup$ How restrictive was the choice of puzzle answer given that seven fixed letters had to Caesar shift to it? $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Mar 30, 2015 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor - If I understand your question, I had to go back and forth between anagramming and Caesar shifting multiple times before I found a word that used most of the letters. $\endgroup$
    – Len
    Mar 31, 2015 at 0:38
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Thoughts toward a solution:


Assuming the colours follow an RGB scheme, they are combinations of the elementary colours of light: red, green, and blue. If we convert the presence of a colour to 1 and its absence to 0, we get the following binary code from the digits:

000 011 001 010 100 110 100 011

I've been playing with different ways of encoding these numbers, with no luck:

0000 1100 1010 1001 1010 0011 - 0ca9a3 in hexadecimal, doesn't mean anything
00001 10010 10100 11010 0011 - 5 doesn't go evenly into 24
000011 001010 100110 100011 - CJpm in base64, doesn't mean anything
00001100 10101001 10100011 - doesn't mean anything in ASCII or Unicode

If we assume instead that they're in a CMY configuration, then the binary code is inverted:

111 100 110 101 011 001 011 100

And if we try the groupings above:

1111 0011 0101 0110 0101 1100 - f3563c in hexadecimal, doesn't mean anything
11110 01101 01011 00101 1100 - 5 doesn't go evenly into 24
111100 110101 011001 011100 - 81Zc in base64, doesn't mean anything
11110011 01010110 01011100 - doesn't mean anything in ASCII or Unicode
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  • $\begingroup$ I've been trying the same things :-) $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:11
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    $\begingroup$ Great programmers think alike. :P $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:12
  • $\begingroup$ Given the hint, what about a CMYK scheme? $\endgroup$
    – Aravind
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:19
  • $\begingroup$ The CMYK encoding is 0001 1000 1101 1011 0111 0010 0111 1000. $\endgroup$
    – Aravind
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ Wait, how do any of the lotuses except the first one have any K? $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:36

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