Hanna Fry announced today that she hid a puzzle in the cover of her book—via twitter
The initial clue seems to be a binary encoding of some ASCII. I was hoping to start a thread towards finding a solution.
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Next step after Dorrulf's observation:
Typing commands into the console mostly returns random gibberish, but every once in a while the message will result in returning words that you've previously typed, plus another word. As it turns out, the permutation order of the words that you've previously typed is fixed.
Furthermore, it turns out that this extra word has the same length as the number of words you typed previously, allowing us to reorder this word. For example, you might recieve
deans (the 5th word you typed) (the 2nd word you typed) (the 4th word you typed) (the 1st word you typed) (the 3rd word you typed). We can then rearrange the added word,
deans, to get the string
Continuing in this fashion (where any number is replaced by the n-th word you typed):
8 7 6 10 9 menial 11yields
12 14 sat 13yields
22 20 21 15 19 16 whetting 17 18yields
TING THE W
24 23 rod 25yields
28 26 ufo 27yields
nod 29 31 30yields
33 pang 34 32 35yields
38 36 wet 37yields
41 40 39 taoyields
45 43 shatter 47 42 46 44 48yields
52 loft 50 51 49yields
T OF L
56 57 53 54 55 twineyields
60 ten 58 59yields
68 64 62 70 63 66 69 65 67 noteworthy 61yields
Y TWO TO HNRE
82 81 80 73 78 79 77 71 76 75 annehathaway 72 74yields
HAEYW AT HANNA
89 thyford 83 86 84 88 85 87yields
91 95 94 92 93 90 96 outdockyields
CO DOT UK
Or, parsed better, Send an email stating the word found on page 2 at the start of line 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, actually performing this step appears to probably require the book.
(One last observation, HNREAEYW is an anagram of ANYWHERE, so that might be either be a) the first location desired by the puzzle (as the author had stated that they had rescrambled the puzzle contents once already), or b) the actual location. Who knows.)
cool. Thanks for letting us know!
Binary from book cover:
Really? Oh alright then: hellopuzzleworld.com