It's Monday morning. Fernando just sat down at his desk for another hard day at work - programming stuff and answering telephone calls - "have you tried turning it off and on again?"

As he is about to login onto his machine he notices a tiny bit of yellow paper sticking out from underneath the keyboard. He moves the keyboard away to find a sticky note with the following text on it:


He is not quite sure what to make of it, but he thinks that the new intern, Ganna, left it for him. The previous night the two were out on a date. He took her to this fancy restaurant and they seemed to have a really good time together. However when they had almost finished eating, she received a call and after a brief moment she said she had an urgent matter to attend to - promptly leaving without offering any explanation.

This made him think that she didn't actually enjoy the date at all - so he didn't quite bother call her afterwards.


#1 (Obvious): Ganna is also a WINDOWS software developer. [Thanks for pointing out guys]

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    $\begingroup$ Clearly not a very good engineer then. The message is blantantly longer than the information she wishes to convey. $\endgroup$
    – Neil
    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Neil: Have you ever met a woman? $\endgroup$
    – Twinkles
    Nov 21, 2014 at 12:13
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    $\begingroup$ I think saying "Have you ever met a woman" proves he has a sense of humour. Calm down :) $\endgroup$
    – Jimmery
    Nov 21, 2014 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ Taking your own intern out on a date is a bloody stupid idea. $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2014 at 18:45
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    $\begingroup$ Where does it say she was his intern? It says "the new intern", he could very well be the second newest. "...rumoresque senum severiorum omnes unius aestimemus assis!" $\endgroup$ Nov 22, 2014 at 18:36

1 Answer 1


Three steps:

Since there is no higher letter than F we can assume it is Hex code, if we convert it to ASCII: QWx0ICsgMw==

This looks like

a base64-encoded string. If we decode that: Alt + 3

Which gives us the following result when used in a web browser:

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    $\begingroup$ Oh, the things I'd do for love... $\endgroup$
    – Twinkles
    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:16
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    $\begingroup$ Where does Alt+3 create a heart symbol? $\endgroup$
    – nanofarad
    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:38
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    $\begingroup$ Generally you use the numpad for alt codes. Alt + Numpad 3 would probably be a bit more appropriate, but it wouldn't be a puzzle without some details being implicit. $\endgroup$
    – zzzzBov
    Nov 21, 2014 at 14:55
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    $\begingroup$ Alt+(Numpad)3 works on Windows. So Ganna is a windows developer, which explains why she prefers long, convoluted, cryptic stuff over short and readable code. $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2014 at 16:35
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    $\begingroup$ "look, it's not you, it's your Operating System..." $\endgroup$
    – ch3ka
    Nov 21, 2014 at 16:41

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