Sent by a friend in Germany. I have no idea what it says yet!...

Xmas puzzle image

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    $\begingroup$ It's interesting that there are 7 sharp corners in each "bundle", including the wrapped present. $\endgroup$
    – jscs
    Dec 24, 2014 at 23:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yes this is all I have noticed too! My friend said it was to celebrate the arbitrary "endpoint" of the year. So maybe "Endpoint" is a clue but it might not be!........ $\endgroup$ Dec 24, 2014 at 23:16
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    $\begingroup$ Could the bundles represent letters? The far left one looks a bit like a C, the rightmost one could be an M, and the top left one could be an A. $\endgroup$ Dec 25, 2014 at 0:04
  • $\begingroup$ Well done Julian Rosen !! $\endgroup$ Dec 25, 2014 at 11:03

1 Answer 1


The message reads:

HaPpY 2015

How to decode:

As noted in the comments, each figure has seven sharp corners. Treating a sharp left turn as $1$ and a sharp right turn as $0$, each figure encodes a 7-digit binary number. These numbers are $$1001000,\, 1100001,\, 1010000,\, 1110000,\, 1011001,\, 0110010,\, 0110000,\, 0110001,\, 0110101.$$ If we interpret these numbers as ASCII, we get a sequence of characters:


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