1984 =

Lots of dots


Lots and lots of dots and dots

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(Note that dot sizes and distances are not part of the puzzle.)

  • $\begingroup$ What are you asking though? $\endgroup$ Commented May 19, 2016 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ Well, saying that would make the puzzle much easier. $\endgroup$
    – Yllrauei
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ In that case tag enigmatic-puzzle $\endgroup$ Commented May 19, 2016 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ is it intended that some of the dots are very slightly different sizes than others? (For example the third grouping of the "1984" set - the red and gray dots on the right are slightly smaller than the red dots on the left). Or is that an accidental result of however the image was generated? $\endgroup$
    – Paul L
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ No, that was just an accident. $\endgroup$
    – Yllrauei
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 20:44

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The answer is:



Dots in groups of 7 (2 + 3 + 2 vertical dots) represent a 7-segment digital display (e.g. 8 = all dots red, 9 = lower left gray, etc.).

Hence the bottom message reads 2539 which we need to substitute with corresponding letters of alphabet to get beci.

This in turn is a key for Vigenère cipher to turn the encrypted text into "theansweriswaterfall".

  • $\begingroup$ any chance you have a link that explains how to decrypt such a cipher? I'm completely at a loss as to how you arrived at the final answer. $\endgroup$
    – Paul L
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ practicalcryptography.com/ciphers/autokey-cipher $\endgroup$
    – Yllrauei
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 16:59

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