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Re: Programming Puzzles

by etcshadow (Priest)
on Aug 12, 2005 at 21:19 UTC ( #483418=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Programming Puzzles

Hmm... I'm looking at number five, and I've got this instinctive sense that it is an inside joke for people who know python (which I do not). :-/

Like maybe there is some library or keyword "pickle" or some thing similar in python. That, or I'm missing the point :-)

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Re^2: Programming Puzzles
by neniro (Priest) on Aug 12, 2005 at 21:31 UTC
    Maybe this is useful (i haven't seen the riddle): pickle is serializing in python, like storable in perl.
      Dang. Seems like the end of the line for using perl one-liners to solve the python problems. Once they're asking for binary-compatible answers from python... I guess I'd have to use python to go further.
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        From the FAQ:

        Do I have to use Python to solve the riddles? Most of the riddles can be solved with any language. Currently, only riddles 5 and 23 require Python. The hints in all riddles are geared towards Python programmers.

        I am sure there is a Perl way for 23 as well-if not, one will soon be posted to CPAN.

        Greg W.
Re^2: Programming Puzzles
by exussum0 (Vicar) on Aug 12, 2005 at 21:52 UTC
    If you google around, you'll find the solution to this one, level 5. Consider that the puzzle in itself.

    Solution (
    it turns out to be a banner that says "channel"

    The next one will prove to take a bit of effort, but after playing w/ their hints for a while, i was able to get something recognizable. Then it was a matter of shapping the output. It's much harder, I think, than doing it in python, but most are doable in perl too.

    Give me strength for today.. I will not talk it away..
    Just for a moment.. It will burn through the clouds.. and shine down on me.

      Can you really manage level 6 without using Python (and a recent Python at that)? Without giving too much of a spoiler, it seems like a critical bit of information is encoded in some way that the standard tools for working with this file format don't seem to be aware of. Update: nevermind. I needed to read the documentation more closely.

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