I knew the way to his home. I wanted to end this. I was tired of him testing my skills again and again. On the way, I was thinking about the blood on his sleeve that I saw. I reached there. I opened the door and checked it if there was any auto lock machine like last time. I went inside and saw something that I could not believe.

I saw Moriarty dead, lying on the floor. Shot on his head. Definitely suicide by looking at the scene. How could it be? I checked his pockets, And surely enough I found two letters wrapped in a plastic bag. One of them said:

Sorry for leaving you alone Sherlock. But I must go. As I am tired of fighting. Don't be worried. The day will still start with the clocks starting from 12'O Clock on its usual way. I hope you will miss me. You can find the reason that compelled me to do so on that game.

-J. Moriarty

PS :- One of your beloved person is in the trunk in the other room. You can open it but you need to enter the reason in there.

I saw the other letter. Well...not really a letter, but a picture

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Why did he kill himself? I wish I had known but as you might have already known that I am not that good in puzzling. So I hope somebody can help me.

  • $\begingroup$ Is that a Minesweeper map? $\endgroup$
    – mbjb
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 10:36
  • $\begingroup$ @mestackoverflow Yes it is minesweeper. $\endgroup$
    – manshu
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 10:37
  • $\begingroup$ There is a minesweeper tag ;) (but I don't if it is appropriate so I let you add it if you want) $\endgroup$
    – Fabich
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Lordofdark I knew about that tag. But this question isn't really a question about minesweeper. Thanks for the advice though :) $\endgroup$
    – manshu
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 10:40
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    $\begingroup$ How to get a free hint 101 : suggest tags ! $\endgroup$
    – Fabich
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 10:42

1 Answer 1


The reason is



Take flags to be 0s, numbers to be 1s. Move clockwise starting at the top of each square to get binary encoded ASCII: 01100011 01100001 01101110 01100011 01100101 01110010

  • 5
    $\begingroup$ Damn it. It took me hell lot of more time to make this puzzle than you to solve it. cries in the corner $\endgroup$
    – manshu
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 10:45

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