A puzzle in the spirit of the Density™ puzzle. Enjoy!

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Final answer: (3, 6)


The white figures are used in a known game. The game has a sort of board.


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TL;DR: The answer to this puzzle is:


Explanation: Note first of all that the puzzle itself bears a resemblance to:

A game of TIC-TAC-TOE, also known as Noughts and Crosses. This game is usually played between two players using pen and paper, on a board shaped like a hash or octothorpe: #.

Note next that:

You can treat each of the eight outer spaces on the board as if it is a different shape, made of either two or three lines:

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Looking familiar? Of course! Because:

These are the symbols shown in the centre of the puzzle.

So if we next:

Consider the white parts of the puzzle as being noughts and crosses set out on a tic-tac-toe grid, we can replace each of the black symbols with its corresponding X or O from the #-shaped grid, to get:

 O / OOO / X
 O / XO  / OXOX
 O / XX  / OXOX

What can we do with this now? Well, how about trying to interpret this using:

Morse code, since we have only a message made of only two different characters.

By doing so, we find that:

Letting 'O' (nought) be dash and 'X' be dot, we get:

 - / --- / .
 - / .-  / -.-.
 - / ..  / -.-.

Which (as stated at the very top) translates to:


or when written in the (3,6) format of the expected answer: TOE TACTIC.

Notice finally that the title is:

Synonymous with this answer... Toe = Digit, and Tactic = Gambit. Everything ties up nicely!

  • $\begingroup$ Well done! A small addendum to your excellent explanation is that the title is actually the answer in disguise. Hope you enjoyed it! $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 2:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Jens Oh yes, forgot to mention that! Will edit in for completeness... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 7:03

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