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This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx


Encoding where F equals seventy

_____ Tenkula, a heavy metal musician

Vadodara financial services company & bank

Tall brother in Super Mario

Tomohiro _____, a Japanese professional wrestler

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  • $\begingroup$ We want more puzzles from you, SeptaCube, cool and simple like this one. $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 0:27

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First we solve the clues noticing that

they are all 5 letters long and there are a lot of I's in them

ASCII Encoding where F equals seventy
MIIKA _____ Tenkula, a heavy metal musician
ICICI Vadodara financial services company & bank
LUIGI Tall brother in Super Mario
ISHII Tomohiro _____, a Japanese professional wrestler

Then we

according to the title, color the I's white
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Then

interpreting each 5-letter word as a 5-digit binary number with white I's as 1's and others as 0's, we get the numbers 3 12 21 5 19

Using

A1Z26 we get the word CLUES

We look at the

clues. Each is five words. Some words have I's and some don't.

Taking

the words with I's as 1's and the ones without as 0's we again get 5 5-digit binary numbers: 16 1 12 5 18

Again using

A1Z26 we get the word: PALER which aptly describes the whites of their eyes

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    $\begingroup$ Good work so far, but you don't have the answer yet! $\endgroup$
    – SeptaCube
    Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 5:37
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    $\begingroup$ @SeptaCube even cooler! Eye think eye got it now ;) $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 5:52
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    $\begingroup$ @op This is amazing! So many subpuzzles in such a short text! Kudos for you! $\endgroup$
    – melfnt
    Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 9:29

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