Prologue - Instructions

Shamelessly copied and pasted the following from @jafe's puzzle :P

This is a three-dimensional nonogram. The first square gives the enumerations for the Z-axis, top to bottom. The next sixteen squares depict the layers of a $16\times16\times16$ cube. Some rules:

  • If a row or column has no numbers, that means that the composition of that row/column is unknown. Note that this is different than the usual practice in nonograms where a missing number means that the row/column has no shaded cells at all. In our case, such rows can be explicitly marked with a zero.
  • The Z-axis enumerations are all single digits, so e.g. 11 means two stretches of one, not one stretch of eleven.
  • The thin black lines in the middle are just visual aids. They're not meaningful to the puzzle itself.

The Puzzle - Here we Go!

The Z-Plan and Labelling

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Layers 1 ~ 8

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Layers 9 ~ 16

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Post-script - Thank You and Sorry!

My deepest gratitude to @jafe in helping me a great deal in cluing this amazing puzzle. Thank you @jafe for your teaching!

As a reward, @jafe will be permanently banned from solving this puzzle! (and also a +50 bounty from another puzzle of mine)


Thanks to you if you have upvoted the puzzle, and even more if you are trying to solve it!

I must apologise,

for forgetting to note beforehand that the objective of this nonogram, and many of my others, is to interpret the nonogram and get a message. Sorry!

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    $\begingroup$ I feel like half the puzzle is just transcription :P $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ I would recommend a full test solve if that's something you are willing to do ;) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ should there actually be any single ones? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ I'll keep my eye out, of course. As an aside, can I just confirm the order of the "z-plan"? The top left cell reads "155". I think that means 1 is closer to the top and the two 5's are closer to the bottom... right? $\endgroup$
    – Skosh
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 15:44

2 Answers 2


this puzzle

is a tribute to Alconja

building upon @Dark Thunder's answer

we correct the orientation of the image to get this: enter image description here reading the letters in the correct way gives the phrase "Puzzle Master" and the symbol on the top left/bottom right looks like Alconja's current user icon

  • $\begingroup$ Oh. I guess I don't know who that is, but I can presume they fit the title? $\endgroup$
    – Skosh
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ @DarkThunder you are correct $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! who should get the check? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 2:50
  • $\begingroup$ up to you and @DarkThunder $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 3:04
  • $\begingroup$ i'm giving the check to you altho you answered later as you got the A_ reference. congrats! $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 19, 2019 at 7:27

As viewed in the layer layout shown above:

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But the hidden message is better seen looking at the slices from left to right

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The message is doubled, and in my view also rotated and mirrored. I would guess the letters are doubled up in order for the nonogrid to be more interesting.

I should note that there are (currently) two errors in the clues given, but given how the puzzle was turning out I knew to work around them.

  • $\begingroup$ Well done! who should get the check? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 2:50
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton I solved the nonogrid and saw the message, but I didn't get the Alconja reference. The two images above show the two perspectives I solved it in. They share columns with eachother, and copying back and forth allowed for getting close to the solution. Near the end I made some guesses on the last two letters to save time (the M and the A). $\endgroup$
    – Skosh
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ sorry but this time i'm giving the check to micsthepick altho they answered later than you as they got the A_ reference. sorry and keep it up! (upvoted) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 19, 2019 at 7:26

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