I have a secret message:


Can you translate it into English?


Add a 0 at the start of the binary number.

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    – Rubio
    Mar 15, 2023 at 3:42

1 Answer 1


The message decodes to, in ASCII:

Why does everyone give me cookies? I don't want to be tracked!

To do this, you take

4470638247604044817559339103207250488852606988160972686558960541063247781119710410820484913933821198888332242717068270664790870393005797478769916994593 and convert it to binary.

This gives the string


Using the provided hint,

adding a 0 at the beginning

gives the string

Why does everyone give me cookies? I doneÐݹÐѼÑÉ­

Then, taking

the first half and translating it to binary again,

which gives us


You subtract this from

the larger binary

resulting in the remainder


This time,

adding two zeroes at the beginning,

this part decodes to

t want to be tracked!

I'm not quite sure what happened to the apostrophe, but putting in the two parts together gives the message

Why does everyone give me cookies? I don't want to be tracked!

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Interesting how you decided to subtract the second binary number from the first- I would've never thought of that! :) $\endgroup$ Mar 6, 2023 at 23:45
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    $\begingroup$ It’s actually Unicode encoding $\endgroup$ Mar 7, 2023 at 13:38

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