So my birthday is in a week and my dad and I have a tradition of presenting the other with a puzzle. If you can solve the puzzle before your birthday, you get the present!
This year, he presented to me a chest with a lock and gave me the conditions.
"Here are the rules for your puzzle this year. It's pretty simple. It's called '8-bit Lock and Key.' You open the chest, you win. But you can only try it once per day."
I complained, "That's not fair, there's nothing to go off of! I just have a lock and the title, that's not nearly enough! How am I supposed to guess the combination?"
"Not true, you have a clue on the chest and all the resources in the world to use. Feel free to use your friends and get their help, although you may find groups of two are your best bet. Also, 'combination' isn't the word you're looking for. Try 'password' instead."
I got a brief look at the chest before he put it away for the day. The lock is a 6-digit lock with each digit ranging from 0 to 9. Above the lock are the symbols
| & ^
I get one guess a day, so I've only got 7 tries and a million possibilities. Can you help me?
My dad came by and could tell I was struggling already.
"Perhaps I was a bit too vague to start with. I've already told you all the clues you need to solve it, but a more direct hit may be in order.
You may not realize what you heard,
when I said to use a password.
8 bits transformed will be your key,
but you're thinking too numerically.
You may see the lock in the base of ten,
but with the alphabet is where you'll begin.
That ought to get you moving. You'd better not take the whole week like you did last year."
Thanks, Dad. Now it's a riddle AND a number puzzle.
I tried 318008 the first day and my dad just laughed.
"You're not even trying. No hint for you today."
So I went with E.Nigma's answer for the second attempt: 029035. I showed him the work that went with it and he seemed pleased with the progress.
"Now you're getting somewhere. You're pretty close, but still missing something. I hope this next hint will get you the rest of the way.
The sheer choices of answers is far less scary.
When the answers are limited to only binary.
When the answer is revealed, you will find
A set of 1's and 0's, 3 of each kind.
Like E.Nigma I'm not fond of operator properties
But operators can be used as many times as you please
I've still got 5 tries and 5 days left but it seems like we're pretty close!
I haven't updated it in the last day or two cause I actually solved it! Almost forgot to share it with you guys.
I showed my dad Enigma's work again and he gave me another clue that got me the rest of the way.
8 paired is four, 4 paired is two,
Paired again leaves but one, present for you."
If someone gets the last part I'll let you know what was in the chest.
And if it helps, one more hint from me. I'm not as good at making riddles though so it's just a straight sentence
You end up with an 8 digit answer, but the first two zeros can be dropped to get the combination.
Now that it's been answered, if anyone is interested, here's what I got for my present.
2 tickets to go see "Newsies" broadway.
I have some weird combinations of interested xD