(So I made this puzzle, and I wanted it to be fun rather than difficult! I hope it’s original enough)
Given a 5x5 grid as input, here’s an algorithm:
- randomly select any 3x3 grid within the 5x5 grid
- randomly select a number
- add that number to all numbers within the 3x3 grid
- repeat for a random amount of times
Now here are two grids:
Question 1: if grid A is given as input to the algorithm above, is grid B a possible output?
Question 2: in the process of finding an answer to question 1, you should find a set of numbers. But that is not just any set! A specific permutation of this set can be translated into a piece of ASCII text. But that is not just any piece of ASCII text! It is the code that can unlock the meaning of life! Find that code, and enlighten the masses!
if you found a somewhat obvious selection of numbers that can’t be translated to ASCII or utilized otherwise, you either found the wrong selection of numbers, or you will have to perform a somewhat obvious modification on those numbers (for example if you come across the number "444444" and you think it’s too long, you could try removing some digits from that number, since the digit "4" is very clearly a pattern there).