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Original puzzle below created by me.

The puzzle.

Hint 1:

You need to extract number(s) from each square.

Hint 2:

All the numbers share something in common.

Hint 3:

Binary.

Hint 4:

You need to extract exactly two numbers from each square.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is incredibly similar to this puzzle from Edric's 2022 Puzzle Hunt, which released just a few hours before - is this a coincidence? $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Jul 19, 2022 at 0:09
  • $\begingroup$ Huh, interesting. Completely coincidental, but I might take a look at the other puzzle and see if it has a similar idea. $\endgroup$
    – Auride
    Jul 19, 2022 at 12:52

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Partial progress:

These are Hitomezashi patterns. Each vertical line has two possible states; ditto for each horizontal line.

Top left: 0010100 horizontal, 1100000 vertical
Top right: 0001100 horizontal, 1100011 vertical
Mid left: 0000100 horizontal, 1100100 vertical
Mid right: 1111000 horizontal, 1101000 vertical
Bot left: 0100100 horizontal, 1100110 vertical
Bot right: 1010100 horizontal, 1100101 vertical

Any of these codes could be flipped or inverted from their intended readings. Seven bits make me think ASCII.

EDIT:

The first one is not a true Hitomezashi pattern. The bottom row of horizontal lines does not work.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't know how to do the community post thing $\endgroup$ Dec 19, 2022 at 4:42
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[Community wiki, feel free to edit.]
Here's how the six given grids overlay:

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    $\begingroup$ @bobble It's a community wiki post, which is The Thing To Do for potentially-helpful data gathering without confirmed progress. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Jul 19, 2022 at 5:24
  • $\begingroup$ Many more six-in-an-overlay than i guessed., and 3 clear double rows. More to look, perhaps it's 7-bit ASCII. $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Jul 19, 2022 at 5:47

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