This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!.

What is in the middle space?

grid puzzle


The answer can be easily "read off" without computer assistance or special knowledge.
However, for the diehard puzzling enthusiasts, yes there is an optional secret message/hint hidden in the pixel ornamentation (THE extra dots and bars on the tAll nodes).

Hint 2:

Although the question only asks about the middle one, each space holds a word. There is no cipher used, unless you are looking for a very helpful hint, in which case you should consult Samuel.

Hint 3:

Seem hard? Reread everything. The way forward is hiding in plain sight. Also, web adventurer had the right idea to count things but I am not sure why they only counted some of the nodes.

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    $\begingroup$ A red question mark. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Sep 5 at 4:45
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Vf vg whfg pbvapvqrapr gung rnpu fdhner vf N-V va n cvtcra pvcure?) $\endgroup$
    – JGibbers
    Sep 14 at 15:08
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    $\begingroup$ Not sure if it's even useful, but here is a version of the image where each cell is exactly one pixel - Maybe for image manipulation purposes for the optional hint $\endgroup$ Sep 15 at 8:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Mesentery When you find the answer, it will be undoubtedly correct and clearly the answer to the puzzle. If you are uncertain, then it's not it. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Sep 18 at 20:08
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    $\begingroup$ Don't suppose it's too early for a hint? $\endgroup$
    – JGibbers
    Sep 20 at 20:14


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