# The strange SMS (Part 2)

Thanks to all of you, I know now what my friend was telling me (see part one).
We continued talking via Skype. After some nice messages about the utility of iron in our society, we decided to meet in 15 minutes. I arrived early, as usual.
I waited 20 minutes, then I received a strange SMS (he recharged his Nokia) :

(255) (153) (153) (255) (231) (129) (129) (153) (255)


When I asked him what was going on, he didn't answer me.

## Question

What did he send me?
Why is he late?
Where were we planning to meet?

## Hints

Hint 1 :

Tags can help you.

Hint 2 :

Context is like size... it matters.

Hint 3 :

Stop looking for another hint! Do you think this is a game?

• so clearly we start with 25 5's... Aug 5, 2015 at 14:50
• @Goinghamateur or possibly 55 2's, if he's trying to trick us this time... Aug 5, 2015 at 15:22

## 3 Answers

What did he send me?

Well, as found by Aioros,

Translating the numbers into binary returns what appears to be a "creeper" from the game Minecraft:

11111111
10011001
10011001
11111111
11100111
10000001
10000001
10011001
11111111


Next,

Why is he late?

Well, given the situation, he was probably

Blasted to smithereens.

And finally,

Where were we planning to meet?

Again, given the situation,

The discussion about the utility of iron could be hinting at the Iron Golems in the game that can protect villages. Because of this, I would guess that you and your friend are villagers, and you were planning to meet at the village.

• Gongratulation, you figured what happened :) PS: if you want multiple lines in a spoiler tag use <br> to add a new line Aug 5, 2015 at 16:45
• Ah, thanks for that. I haven't played the game in two years, but that face never leaves you. Aug 5, 2015 at 16:54
• Having looked up the answer, with which i was unfamiliar, i'm afraid that (a) line 4 should not exist and (b) lines 6,7,8 (or, then, 5,6,7) should all be 66 higher than they are. Aug 6, 2015 at 4:04
• google.ca/imgres?imgurl=https://www.jinx.com/content/prod/… Aug 6, 2015 at 4:44

I'll go with a partial answer to get this started: the given numbers

have an interesting property when translated to binary. They look like this:

11111111
10011001
10011001
11111111
11100111
10000001
10000001
10011001
11111111

I guess this should tell me something, but I haven't figured out what yet.

• Unfocusing my eyes a little, it looks like an 'I' and an 'A'? Aug 5, 2015 at 15:26
• Well, maybe, but that doesn't mean a lot. I was trying to find something in a similar fashion, though. Aug 5, 2015 at 15:28
• I hate to suggest it, but the classic Creepers from Minecraft? Aug 5, 2015 at 15:35
• It looks like a creeper face from the game minecraft. Aug 5, 2015 at 15:37
• Well, it certainly looks like it. Only problem is, I don't have the faintest idea what that is. Aug 5, 2015 at 15:37

Partial answer:

Following on from the solution to the first SMS puzzle, and so trying to work out how often to press a number key to generate a certain letter:

55 is the decimal code for the ASCII character '7', and 53 is the code for '5'. Using a phone keypad again, 255 -> 2 7s -> R, and 153 -> 1 5 -> J

That only covers two potential letters, though.