# ASCII Puzzler 3: The Trees

This is a sequel to ASCII Puzzler 1: Part 1 and ASCII Puzzler 2: Arrows Depicting Movement, Things, or Pointing Out Objects, and a prequel to https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/32439/ascii-puzzler-4-not-a-rebus.

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(   ) (   ) (   ) (   ) (   )
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|1.41421356237|
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Hint 1:

Sorry if the roots (which are required to be square) are terrible.

• You released a hint eight minutes after the puzzle came out? – Deusovi May 11 '16 at 22:13
• @Deusovi It's a comment. – haykam May 11 '16 at 22:14
• It's been 8 more minutes. Where's my next hint? – paste May 11 '16 at 23:21
• @Peanut: A comment that you call "Hint 1" – fondor May 12 '16 at 6:19
• Not the solution but it may help others to solve the rebus: $\sqrt2 = 1.41421356237...$ – fondor May 12 '16 at 6:26

Sorry if I come off as being flippant but is the answer just

The square root of two?

Because

As pointed out by fondor in the comments $\sqrt{2} = 1.41421356237\ldots$

and

This number appears to be attached to the 2nd tree making it a literal 'root' of tree '2'. Also, if the tree's root is required to be square as suggested by the hint then this would be the "square root of 2".

• Thats... surprisingly simple. – Pat G May 12 '16 at 20:05