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Author Topic: The Legend of Satoshi Nakamato, FINAL STEP PUBLISHED.... 4.87 BTC GRAND PRIZE!  (Read 107670 times)
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Hi everyone! I'm a little late, I'm here only because I have 1FLAMEN6 address on watchlist and is empty. What a surprise. I'm happy for the winner and a little sad because it's not me.

Someone still call me a SCAMMER, I'm not. You can only call me "greedy", because I didn't share with you what I had discovered. Somehow I hoped I could do it alone.

I couldn't edit the video due to personal problems that kept me away last month. While we wait for the official solution, I want to share what I did time ago and let you understand why I was so sure and arrogant, why I said that (ACCORDING TO ME, but now I don't really know...) flames are not involved from the start and why I insisted that every useful element was in front of us, clearly visible even in low resolution image.

So, let's start with this image: https://imgur.com/a/SWpa2

Yari Shogi. A lot of people said that this chessboard is from Yari Shogi (japanese chess variant) because is 7x9 or 9x7. You was right. So why not going further? There is a black Knight in the upper right of the image, so I assumed that it had to start moving very close to it. It turns out that ribbons (1A) are useful for write down coordinates and leaves are the places in the chessboard where pieces could moves. So, I counted 8 rays and I try to move Yari Knight 8 times touching every possible chess square only one time.

A5 C4 E5 G4 I3 G2 E3 C2

Using 1337 (leet) is something like: ASCHES GF IS GREECK or whatever.
To me seem ASCII'S GIRLFRIEND IS GREEK.

I haven't so much time right now, so I can't post other images but I will write down as much as I can on the next step and later I hope to post another couple images.

Next thing I did was to move the queen piece, you have to change the way you look at chessboard, standard chessboard is 8x8. You have to assume that under the upper side of the puzzle (yes, under the flames) part of the chessboard is hidden. But you can clearly see leaves, so pieces could move in every leaf you see, even there. White Queen starts on D1, so you have to invert coordinates (the 1 now is where the upper right spiral is placed) to match chess square color. Moving the queen you have:

D1 C7 A4 C5 E4 E3 E6

If you search those HEX values on differnt extended ASCII tables (greek table for instance, I will post links to those tables later) you will find this:

P  H  ¤  E  δ  γ  ζ

P H O E N I X. So you have to move phoenix (waffle). And so on.



Sorry but I'm late, I will write another post when I will be at home later or tomorrow and I have more material handy. Hope you understand what I'm talking about, my english is very weak.

Have nice day everyone.
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They solved the puzzle, and got all the btc
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OMG did you guys read this thing: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/7xe3dx/dna-storage-bitcoin-mystery-puzzle ?

So it seems that CompNeuro's thinking was actually most acurate and to the point. OMG can't wait to see the solution

EDIT: In case you wonder, yes, I am aware that the one cited above was a different puzzle Cheesy Cheesy
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https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kzpqzz/heres-the-solution-to-the-3-year-old-dollar50000-bitcoin-puzzle
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February 03, 2018, 04:18:21 PM
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Did anybody else noticed the B34u7y of the topic number of this thread? https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=766000.0 (sans the decimal [.0]: one 7; two 6s; three 0s) What could it mean?

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Awesome! I had trouble being convinced that narrow/wide flames were a data stream since some flames seemed ambiguous to me, but turns out it was! That's where I spun off, sadly. Really fun puzzle, and honestly it came to be an iconic cryptocurrency puzzle that gave people a lot of enjoyment and knowledge. You should be really proud coinartist!
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February 03, 2018, 05:20:31 PM
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there is a bug in the article: "red (0) or yellow (1)"  should be yellow (0) or red (1).
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February 03, 2018, 05:34:36 PM
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Okay, fellow sleuths, see if you can solve this mystery. And in the spirit of The Legend of Satoshi Nakamato, I, too, will use images. See timeline below images in revealing the mystery.

https://blockchain.info/tx/cb0156faa1716186b96f7e668a59204061a3419a746810ce151052d2860ac7cf


https://blockchain.info/address/15x25pXex9ZFUr4kAkTL9ayPCap7VLW8Vx


https://blockchain.info/address/1PGfmyE8ZS6WVNH64wXMtHQwsQRwu5widH


https://blockchain.info/address/1L7dZK3FPCN75VBdHurfF7tZnzqbo5TWYt


Timeline (assuming times are GMT/UTC):

2018-02-01 15:09:10: Isaac empties the 1FLAMEN6 wallet.

2018-02-01 16:10:25: A tad over an hour later, Isaac sent Trinitas half a bitcoin or more precisely, 0.5001337 BTC (how elitely quaint), as a thank you.

2018-02-02 16:48:04: Approximately 1 day + 38 minutes later, Isaac sent 0.002 BTC to the following bitcoin wallet address: 1L7dZK3FPCN75VBdHurfF7tZnzqbo5TWYt.

2018-02-02 19:34:14: Just under 3 hours later, Isaac sent 0.000356 BTC back to 1FLAMEN6rq2BqMnkUmsJBqCGWdwgVKcegd.

2018-02-02 20:10:24: Finally, approximately 36 minutes later, Isaac sent another 0.0007086 BTC back to 1FLAMEN6rq2BqMnkUmsJBqCGWdwgVKcegd, leaving a balance of 0.00013664 BTC in the following bitcoin wallet address: 1L7dZK3FPCN75VBdHurfF7tZnzqbo5TWYt.

And therein lies the mystery. Why did Isaac send chump change back to 1FLAMEN6 over a day later? It's too small an amount to be considered a token thank you compared to what Isaac sent to Trinitas (quasi-read: Trinity, as in three).

I leave it up to fellow sleuths to see if a similar anomaly occurred on the Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold blockchains.



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Awesome! I had trouble being convinced that narrow/wide flames were a data stream since some flames seemed ambiguous to me, but turns out it was! That's where I spun off, sadly. Really fun puzzle, and honestly it came to be an iconic cryptocurrency puzzle that gave people a lot of enjoyment and knowledge. You should be really proud coinartist!

Thank you! I'm so happy everything worked out. Pretty thrilled to close this chapter. I know there were many people who spent a lot of time on this puzzle. I appreciate everyone who was a part of this journey. The upcoming years of bitcoin are going to be very exciting, I'm looking forward to where this road leads.

I've found myself surrounded by some amazing talent because of these puzzles. It's turned out to be somewhat of a recruiting process! And with these friends I've gained over the years, we've enjoyed building other puzzles and starting this new indie game studio. If you haven't heard about it, this is my latest project: neondistrict.io. We have an easter egg puzzle with 15 ETH created by our lead game developer. The puzzle begins on the footnotes of the white paper https://s3.amazonaws.com/neon-district/NDWhitePaper.pdf. Some have gathered on ND discord to work together on the challenge, https://discord.gg/As654jg.

Many of the friends I've made during these puzzles have gone on to become active contributors to the success of bitcoin. I'm humbled to be amongst such great company.  

Some notes about the puzzle, yes the chessboard dimensions and the knight's tour were red herrings. Yes, there was the symbol of Œ on the queen piece for Phœnix. And there are many other forgotten details that Rob and I chuckled about these past couple of days while we were chatting with the journalist. Most of those were omitted, but I'll leave those to your imaginations. However, it was true that the painting subjects were a tribute to the poem, as it ends as a prayer for the two birds, and leaves the reader uncertain of what comes next. This was a very powerful poem for me at the time that I created this puzzle, as I too, was sighing a prayer during the process. Amazing how dramatically things can change in a few years. I wish you all the best!  
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Awesome! I had trouble being convinced that narrow/wide flames were a data stream since some flames seemed ambiguous to me, but turns out it was! That's where I spun off, sadly. Really fun puzzle, and honestly it came to be an iconic cryptocurrency puzzle that gave people a lot of enjoyment and knowledge. You should be really proud coinartist!

Thank you! I'm so happy everything worked out. Pretty thrilled to close this chapter. I know there were many people who spent a lot of time on this puzzle. I appreciate everyone who was a part of this journey. The upcoming years of bitcoin are going to be very exciting, I'm looking forward to where this road leads.

I've found myself surrounded by some amazing talent because of these puzzles. It's turned out to be somewhat of a recruiting process! And with these friends I've gained over the years, we've enjoyed building other puzzles and starting this new indie game studio. If you haven't heard about it, this is my latest project: neondistrict.io. We have an easter egg puzzle with 15 ETH created by our lead game developer. The puzzle begins on the footnotes of the white paper https://s3.amazonaws.com/neon-district/NDWhitePaper.pdf. Some have gathered on ND discord to work together on the challenge, https://discord.gg/As654jg.

Many of the friends I've made during these puzzles have gone on to become active contributors to the success of bitcoin. I'm humbled to be amongst such great company.  

Some notes about the puzzle, yes the chessboard dimensions and the knight's tour were red herrings. Yes, there was the symbol of Œ on the queen piece for Phœnix. And there are many other forgotten details that Rob and I chuckled about these past couple of days while we were chatting with the journalist. Most of those were omitted, but I'll leave those to your imaginations. However, it was true that the painting subjects were a tribute to the poem, as it ends as a prayer for the two birds, and leaves the reader uncertain of what comes next. This was a very powerful poem for me at the time that I created this puzzle, as I too, was sighing a prayer during the process. Amazing how dramatically things can change in a few years. I wish you all the best!  

Can you shed some light on the mystery I proposed above?

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Awesome! I had trouble being convinced that narrow/wide flames were a data stream since some flames seemed ambiguous to me, but turns out it was! That's where I spun off, sadly. Really fun puzzle, and honestly it came to be an iconic cryptocurrency puzzle that gave people a lot of enjoyment and knowledge. You should be really proud coinartist!

Thank you! I'm so happy everything worked out. Pretty thrilled to close this chapter. I know there were many people who spent a lot of time on this puzzle. I appreciate everyone who was a part of this journey. The upcoming years of bitcoin are going to be very exciting, I'm looking forward to where this road leads.

I've found myself surrounded by some amazing talent because of these puzzles. It's turned out to be somewhat of a recruiting process! And with these friends I've gained over the years, we've enjoyed building other puzzles and starting this new indie game studio. If you haven't heard about it, this is my latest project: neondistrict.io. We have an easter egg puzzle with 15 ETH created by our lead game developer. The puzzle begins on the footnotes of the white paper https://s3.amazonaws.com/neon-district/NDWhitePaper.pdf. Some have gathered on ND discord to work together on the challenge, https://discord.gg/As654jg.

Many of the friends I've made during these puzzles have gone on to become active contributors to the success of bitcoin. I'm humbled to be amongst such great company.  

Some notes about the puzzle, yes the chessboard dimensions and the knight's tour were red herrings. Yes, there was the symbol of Œ on the queen piece for Phœnix. And there are many other forgotten details that Rob and I chuckled about these past couple of days while we were chatting with the journalist. Most of those were omitted, but I'll leave those to your imaginations. However, it was true that the painting subjects were a tribute to the poem, as it ends as a prayer for the two birds, and leaves the reader uncertain of what comes next. This was a very powerful poem for me at the time that I created this puzzle, as I too, was sighing a prayer during the process. Amazing how dramatically things can change in a few years. I wish you all the best!  

Can you shed some light on the mystery I proposed above?

Yes, the solver left something for others to find.
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In the case of the puzzle, the input bits consisted of the six-bit cipher derived from the ribbons on the key paired with each of the 6-bit chunks from the 608-bit string encoded in the flames. After the XOR operation was applied to the entire string, the new string was then divided into 4-bit chunks, each of which represented a single flame in the photo.

Each bit in the 4-bit chunks represented a characteristic of the flame and each characteristic group could be represented as a bit: short (0) or tall (1) / red (0) or yellow (1) border /narrow (0) or wide (1) / purple (0) or green (1) interior—in that order. So, for example, a 4-bit chunk with the value 0110 would be a short (0), yellow border (1), wide (1), purple interior (0) flame in the painting.



Turned out we had absolutely all elements figured out ages ago. Amazing how no one stumbled on correct reading order.

 
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there is a bug in the article: "red (0) or yellow (1)"  should be yellow (0) or red (1).

Good catch, journalist is updating. Thank you!
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Wow congrats, I was following this back in the day but never got even close to solving this. But I did spend some time on it.

Glad someone managed to solve it. I can only wait for the solution once found, and hope someone writes and explains it. LOL

Keep up the good work CoinArtist!

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Awesome! I had trouble being convinced that narrow/wide flames were a data stream since some flames seemed ambiguous to me, but turns out it was! That's where I spun off, sadly. Really fun puzzle, and honestly it came to be an iconic cryptocurrency puzzle that gave people a lot of enjoyment and knowledge. You should be really proud coinartist!

Thank you! I'm so happy everything worked out. Pretty thrilled to close this chapter. I know there were many people who spent a lot of time on this puzzle. I appreciate everyone who was a part of this journey. The upcoming years of bitcoin are going to be very exciting, I'm looking forward to where this road leads.

I've found myself surrounded by some amazing talent because of these puzzles. It's turned out to be somewhat of a recruiting process! And with these friends I've gained over the years, we've enjoyed building other puzzles and starting this new indie game studio. If you haven't heard about it, this is my latest project: neondistrict.io. We have an easter egg puzzle with 15 ETH created by our lead game developer. The puzzle begins on the footnotes of the white paper https://s3.amazonaws.com/neon-district/NDWhitePaper.pdf. Some have gathered on ND discord to work together on the challenge, https://discord.gg/As654jg.

Many of the friends I've made during these puzzles have gone on to become active contributors to the success of bitcoin. I'm humbled to be amongst such great company.  

Some notes about the puzzle, yes the chessboard dimensions and the knight's tour were red herrings. Yes, there was the symbol of Œ on the queen piece for Phœnix. And there are many other forgotten details that Rob and I chuckled about these past couple of days while we were chatting with the journalist. Most of those were omitted, but I'll leave those to your imaginations. However, it was true that the painting subjects were a tribute to the poem, as it ends as a prayer for the two birds, and leaves the reader uncertain of what comes next. This was a very powerful poem for me at the time that I created this puzzle, as I too, was sighing a prayer during the process. Amazing how dramatically things can change in a few years. I wish you all the best!  

Can you shed some light on the mystery I proposed above?


Yes, the solver left something for others to find.


Of all the answers I expected, I'll admit that that wasn't one of them. Given that we're at a crossroad and you're a truth teller, please provide proof of such since obviously you're in the know. If Isaac supposedly lives in a country that highly frowns on the trading of crypto according to his testimony, I find it highly unlikely that he opted to create additional paper trails in advancing a riddle et al. so that whatever authorities can eventually isolate his identity.

That said, are you still sticking to your story?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac

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According to the biblical Book of Genesis, Isaac (/ˈaɪzək/; Hebrew: יִצְחָק‬, Modern Yiṣḥáq Tiberian Yiṣḥāq; Arabic: إسحٰق/إسحاق‎, Isḥāq) was the son of Abraham and Sarah and father of Jacob; his name means "he will laugh", reflecting when Sarah laughed in disbelief when told that she would have a child.

https://twitter.com/jtobcat/status/959872508462817281


Convenient that you tweeted the above after I posted my "mystery" post and your reply, eh?

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Wow. My path was definitely wrong. But yet, there are images to be found in all the crazy photomanipulation I did. There were often distinct. Were they an elaborate red herring, or set of Easter Eggs?

I’m glad I wasn’t closer, to be honest, but there was so much detail...
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Awesome! I had trouble being convinced that narrow/wide flames were a data stream since some flames seemed ambiguous to me, but turns out it was! That's where I spun off, sadly. Really fun puzzle, and honestly it came to be an iconic cryptocurrency puzzle that gave people a lot of enjoyment and knowledge. You should be really proud coinartist!

Thank you! I'm so happy everything worked out. Pretty thrilled to close this chapter. I know there were many people who spent a lot of time on this puzzle. I appreciate everyone who was a part of this journey. The upcoming years of bitcoin are going to be very exciting, I'm looking forward to where this road leads.

I've found myself surrounded by some amazing talent because of these puzzles. It's turned out to be somewhat of a recruiting process! And with these friends I've gained over the years, we've enjoyed building other puzzles and starting this new indie game studio. If you haven't heard about it, this is my latest project: neondistrict.io. We have an easter egg puzzle with 15 ETH created by our lead game developer. The puzzle begins on the footnotes of the white paper https://s3.amazonaws.com/neon-district/NDWhitePaper.pdf. Some have gathered on ND discord to work together on the challenge, https://discord.gg/As654jg.

Many of the friends I've made during these puzzles have gone on to become active contributors to the success of bitcoin. I'm humbled to be amongst such great company.  

Some notes about the puzzle, yes the chessboard dimensions and the knight's tour were red herrings. Yes, there was the symbol of Œ on the queen piece for Phœnix. And there are many other forgotten details that Rob and I chuckled about these past couple of days while we were chatting with the journalist. Most of those were omitted, but I'll leave those to your imaginations. However, it was true that the painting subjects were a tribute to the poem, as it ends as a prayer for the two birds, and leaves the reader uncertain of what comes next. This was a very powerful poem for me at the time that I created this puzzle, as I too, was sighing a prayer during the process. Amazing how dramatically things can change in a few years. I wish you all the best!  

Can you shed some light on the mystery I proposed above?


Yes, the solver left something for others to find.


Of all the answers I expected, I'll admit that that wasn't one of them. Given that we're at a crossroad and you're a truth teller, please provide proof of such since obviously you're in the know. If Isaac supposedly lives in a country that highly frowns on the trading of crypto according to his testimony, I find it highly unlikely that he opted to create additional paper trails in advancing a riddle et al. so that whatever authorities can eventually isolate his identity.

That said, are you still sticking to your story?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac

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According to the biblical Book of Genesis, Isaac (/ˈaɪzək/; Hebrew: יִצְחָק‬, Modern Yiṣḥáq Tiberian Yiṣḥāq; Arabic: إسحٰق/إسحاق‎, Isḥāq) was the son of Abraham and Sarah and father of Jacob; his name means "he will laugh", reflecting when Sarah laughed in disbelief when told that she would have a child.

https://twitter.com/jtobcat/status/959872508462817281


Convenient that you tweeted the above after I posted my "mystery" post and your reply, eh?

I’m not going to just say what it is. It’s something that was there all along. And the solver decided to leave it for someone else. I don’t know why you’re insisting that I ruin the mystery. It’s not a big deal, and someone will eventually stumble on it. Or they won’t.
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February 03, 2018, 09:00:25 PM
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Awesome! I had trouble being convinced that narrow/wide flames were a data stream since some flames seemed ambiguous to me, but turns out it was! That's where I spun off, sadly. Really fun puzzle, and honestly it came to be an iconic cryptocurrency puzzle that gave people a lot of enjoyment and knowledge. You should be really proud coinartist!

Thank you! I'm so happy everything worked out. Pretty thrilled to close this chapter. I know there were many people who spent a lot of time on this puzzle. I appreciate everyone who was a part of this journey. The upcoming years of bitcoin are going to be very exciting, I'm looking forward to where this road leads.

I've found myself surrounded by some amazing talent because of these puzzles. It's turned out to be somewhat of a recruiting process! And with these friends I've gained over the years, we've enjoyed building other puzzles and starting this new indie game studio. If you haven't heard about it, this is my latest project: neondistrict.io. We have an easter egg puzzle with 15 ETH created by our lead game developer. The puzzle begins on the footnotes of the white paper https://s3.amazonaws.com/neon-district/NDWhitePaper.pdf. Some have gathered on ND discord to work together on the challenge, https://discord.gg/As654jg.

Many of the friends I've made during these puzzles have gone on to become active contributors to the success of bitcoin. I'm humbled to be amongst such great company.  

Some notes about the puzzle, yes the chessboard dimensions and the knight's tour were red herrings. Yes, there was the symbol of Œ on the queen piece for Phœnix. And there are many other forgotten details that Rob and I chuckled about these past couple of days while we were chatting with the journalist. Most of those were omitted, but I'll leave those to your imaginations. However, it was true that the painting subjects were a tribute to the poem, as it ends as a prayer for the two birds, and leaves the reader uncertain of what comes next. This was a very powerful poem for me at the time that I created this puzzle, as I too, was sighing a prayer during the process. Amazing how dramatically things can change in a few years. I wish you all the best!  

Can you shed some light on the mystery I proposed above?


Yes, the solver left something for others to find.


Of all the answers I expected, I'll admit that that wasn't one of them. Given that we're at a crossroad and you're a truth teller, please provide proof of such since obviously you're in the know. If Isaac supposedly lives in a country that highly frowns on the trading of crypto according to his testimony, I find it highly unlikely that he opted to create additional paper trails in advancing a riddle et al. so that whatever authorities can eventually isolate his identity.

That said, are you still sticking to your story?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac

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According to the biblical Book of Genesis, Isaac (/ˈaɪzək/; Hebrew: יִצְחָק‬, Modern Yiṣḥáq Tiberian Yiṣḥāq; Arabic: إسحٰق/إسحاق‎, Isḥāq) was the son of Abraham and Sarah and father of Jacob; his name means "he will laugh", reflecting when Sarah laughed in disbelief when told that she would have a child.

https://twitter.com/jtobcat/status/959872508462817281


Convenient that you tweeted the above after I posted my "mystery" post and your reply, eh?

I’m not going to just say what it is. It’s something that was there all along. And the solver decided to leave it for someone else. I don’t know why you’re insisting that I ruin the mystery. It’s not a big deal, and someone will eventually stumble on it. Or they won’t.

Okay, I give, where did I say or alluded to that you ruined the mystery?

Meanwhile, re Justin Tobin aka JTobcat ...

http://rev.vu/nERkb?utm_campaign=Issue&utm_content=share&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The+Mystery+League

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All elements of the puzzle solution were disclosed in the open in this thread of bitcointalk forum before or on Jan 28th. It is:

0. alphabetcanary figuring out the pacemaker and the only route to read through the segments. Without the pacemaker the solution would not be possible (too many possibilities to order segments to do the search).
1. smracer suggesting to include the blob as the 4th stream of data (joint effort with zbyszek2) and I may say modestly that I liked and forced that idea too Smiley
2. crax0r figuring out that the pacemaker was just the artefact of the 0s on each second flame length xored by the key-string 011010
3. bug.lady, sblitz - observation, that the ISO-8859-1 and the Code Page 437 were full byte encodings and they were in essence the same encoding when restricted to digits and letters. Maybe it wasn't mentioned, but one (one who was looking for such things after crax0r's remark) could see that digits and letters had encodings starting with 0 as the first bit, and having every 8th bit equal 0 aligned nicely with the information that each flame coded 4 bits and every second flame height was 0 (after xoring).
4. zbyszek2 noted that the bit streams were correlated with each other - it kind of suggested that they should be the part of xor too.

What crax0r had wrong was that the xoring by the key-string 011010 was not restricted to length only, but it went in a kind of circle throughout all bit streams, but it could be figured out as per the observation 4 and moreover one was able to see that in that way the 0x1x1x pacemaker was preserved too.

Thus, the length stream (with the 0s) was bound to be the first bit of 4 for each flame and what was left was:
1. to figure out the coding (what value is 0 and what is 1) for remaining 3 data streams (2^3=8 possibilities here) and
2. the order of the remaining 3 streams (3!=6 possibilities),
which totalled to 6x8=48 possibilities. It was only a matter of time that it would be figured out by somebody on this forum.

What bugs me is that none of those people received a merit or a tip or any recognition. That it is claimed that an off comment by an off person was enough for a tip. That the tipped hinter seems to be close to coin artist - as per the convo. The convo which is strange. That the article had all the vocabulary wrong, as none on that forum ever used (narrow? wide?). That the solver "forgot" about 10% of the prize (and the fact that when the puzzle was created that 10% didn't exist, so it was easy to forget Huh ). And that the money disappeared shortly after the solution was starting to be imminent as I tried to convince you, at least if you knew what would be the signs that somebody is on a right track.

I liked the puzzle and collaboration we had together here and it really bugs me that not only not everything is cristal clear, but also none of the people without whom the solution would not be possible received any recognition. But maybe I should just leave it be and move to some other endavours... I will now.
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