In a Formula 1 race, the chequered flag was waved so violently that the black and white patches got mixed up. Who was waving the flag, when and where?

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Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

  • $\begingroup$ My gut says this looks like a rot13(onpba pvcure), but I can't get it to work in any orientation ... $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 29 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ I also tried rot13(kbe jvgu n purpxreobneq cnggrea naq gura frireny 5-ovg rapbqvatf, ohg V unira'g gevrq onpba pvcure); you may want to do that. $\endgroup$ – the default. May 29 at 17:48

So this seems a little too easy, but I think the answer is:

Winnie Harlow, 10 June 2018, Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The reasoning:

The columns of the flag are encoded with Baudot-Murray ITA2 code, and read "TWO MORE LAPS". The Canadian Grand Prix in 2018 was terminated two laps early when the race officials lost count of the number of laps.

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    $\begingroup$ You got the checkmark. Yeah I figured this puzzle would be easier than most of the other puzzles in this series. At least it didn't get solved within ten minutes from posting :) $\endgroup$ – sarsaparilla May 30 at 17:23

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