I've got this QR code that is very important to me, but my stupid cousin was carrying it around with him and dropped and broke it.
He tried to hide this from me using tape and Elmer's glue and got it back together, but it doesn't work now.

Can you help?

broken QR code


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First, reassemble the QR code. Fortunately there are colored dots at the corners of the pieces to help glue things together (though I suspect that this isn't strictly necessary): enter image description here
You can use the specification of the QR code to help (the corner boxes, for instance.) Now, we simply scan and get:

:\> Penetrate_Root
:\> Scan()
 PayPal...Google Wallet...Apple Passbook...
:\> Thank_You_For_Your_Donation

Well, guess I'm broke now. It was fun while it lasted.

  • $\begingroup$ I considered leaving out the dots (and even mirror-imaging some random panels), but didn't want it to be too hard. $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ A while back I noticed some strange unknown code-like edit to one of the notes on my phone. For a month or two I was wondering how on earth it got there, and whether it was evidence of someone hacking my phone. Then while browsing puzzles, I came across this question today. Turned out, I had scanned this QR code on my phone a long while back, when I first saw this answer, and then left the scanned text in a note on my phone and forgotten that it was there XD $\endgroup$ Commented May 13, 2023 at 16:11

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