Description and Rules:
The object of the Puzzler Contest is to decode the message
represented by the 1's and 0's wrapped around the target above.
The original message consists of
English text, including names. Spaces between words and any
sentences have been removed. The beginning and end of the
message are unspecified. Every digit is part of the message.
An unwrapped and copyable version of the coded message follows
(any of the ends of the following text do not necessarily correspond
to the beginning or end of the original message):
There are two parts to the Puzzler:
1) Determine the original message.
2) Determine the original encoding process.
The first group of people (consisting of any number of
people, from one on up) solving 1) and the first
group solving 2) will each win a prize.
Both prizes may be won by the same group.
(That's one or two prizes per GROUP, en toto! (NOT per person.)
Each prize will consist of an appropriately gaudy personalized
certificate and a surprise-prize.
The Organizers or members of any of the Workshop committees
are ineligible for the prizes.
All URI faculty, staff and students are also ineligible for
(However, ANYONE other than Gus Uht and the other officers of
may submit a solution(s); any of those with a correct answer
will be so recognized.)
Entries should be emailed to Gus Uht:
the different email address). Entries must be received
by Noon February 1, 2006 (two days before the workshop).
All of the members of the group must be listed in the
submission. No one may be a member of more than one
The Winner(s) and successful decoders will be announced at the
end of the Workshop on Feb. 3, 2006. Winners must be present
to receive the prizes.