oh-mega-puzzle 2

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• Superprismatic solved the window-card part in #8
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• plainglazed found the final solution in #14
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• Superprismatic also found the final solution in #18
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The answer is a single word.

This is a sample puzzle, similar to the isomorphic logic puzzles in my book oh! mega-puzzle. For more information, please see my website ohmegapuzzle.com and my kickstarter project here.

Thanks, and good luck!

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Hi psykomakia

Interesting stuff. It would be helpful to include all needed information,

rather than directing puzzle solvers to your website.

For starters, do the cards tile the grid?

Welcome to the Den!

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Hi psykomakia

Interesting stuff. It would be helpful to include all needed information,

rather than directing puzzle solvers to your website.

For starters, do the cards tile the grid?

Welcome to the Den!

Everything needed to solve the puzzle is posted here. The directions for the puzzle are under the title. Yes, the window-cards must cover the entire grid.

EDIT: I meant "for more information" about my book, not this puzzle specifically. Sorry for the confusion. And thanks for the welcome!

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Also, the image got squished a bit, so it isn't a perfectly square grid. That's an error. The grid should be square, and so the window-cards should cover a 6x3 or 3x6 square area on the grid.

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Tip:

It might be easiest to print out the image so you can physically manipulate the window-cards.

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No one wants to work on a manual puzzle? Heh.

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My printer is black and white and makes the tiles not fun to look at.

Plus my parole officer won't let me use scissors.

I'm only joking about one thing on this list.

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I wrote a program to exhaust over all possible ways to tile the grid in the manner described in the puzzle.

There is only one way to fit the 9 different types of window cards into the grid such that each kind of card is in the grid exactly twice. If we number the window cards from 1 through 9 (reading each line of cards in the OP from left to right and reading the lines from top to bottom), replacing the grid letters with the number of the window card covering each of them, and indicating the framed rabbits with *, we get:

444444999222222666
4444449*9222222666
6663*399988888*666
6663339998888886*6
666333999888888666
666333777777*88333
6*6333777777888333
666333777*77888333
999999111555888333
99*999111555888333
9999991115558883*3
4*444411155577*777
44444411155*777777
444444*11555777777
5555*5222222111111
555555222222111111
55555522*22211111*
`4*4444999222*22666`

When I look at the cutouts, I see nothing but gibberish. Perhaps some left-brain shenanigans are required at this point.

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you're on the right track!

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I wrote a program to exhaust over all possible ways to tile the grid in the manner described in the puzzle.

Though I do want to say that there is a logical way to go through and solve it without computers, and one that wouldn't take too long with some additional trial-and-error.

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Here, I'll help out. SuperPrismatic solved the window-card part of the puzzle.

Part One Complete:

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with the cards. I figured that the 40 characters revealed through the card cut-outs

had to be some crazy thing to boil down to a single word. Personally, I don't

enjoy working on such left-brain shenanigans. After all, I couldn't even understand

Molly Mae's explanation of the oh-mega-puzzle-1 solution. That's definitely a

failing on my part, not Molly Mae's! I decided to work on the tiling because I

could see that the problem was very well crafted and I hoped that some left-brain

people out there, who disliked the tiling part, would pick up the problem and carry

it to a complete solution. Thanks, psykomakia, for the problem as well as your

careful nurturing of it. (Am I confusing left-brained and right-brained? I don't

really know).

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I figured as much, Superprismatic, and don't mind at all. In fact, I appreciate you keeping this puzzle alive by getting the first part completed! And yes, Molly Mae or some other such left (or right?) brained person should be able to pick it up from here.

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...could also be expressed as, 'some English cars'

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well done good sir.

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Thanks. Hope my response did not come off as affected. My intention was not to impress but to allow this most excellent puzzle to continue. Can assure all that no right brain shenanigans are required for the next step. In fact, the first part being all about spatial relations is an activity more associated with the right hemisphere. But admittedly, to my good friend superprismatic (all ribbing aside) your approach was undoubtedly all left.

the left brain/right brain discussion as to the function of each would actually make for a very good clue as to how to go about solving the cipher.

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the left brain/right brain discussion as to the function of each would actually make for a very good clue as to how to go about solving the cipher.

Heh nice one. And if that doesn't help you out, folks, I'll post a slightly stronger hint...

The subtitle might help point you in the right direction.

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Well, I finally got it whilst contemplating your hints in the Superprismatic prism hut!

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Yessirree you've done it. Well done.

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I'll mark this solved, but for those still working on it, I will only link to the solution without posting it.

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