Such Confuse: HackMIT 2015 Puzzle Guide (1/4)

Kimberli
Kimberli
Jul 30, 2015 · 5 min read

If you haven’t seen the puzzle yet, don’t read any further!

Head over to our website and try it out. When you need a hint, come back and read this guide.


Finding the puzzle

The secret to starting the puzzle is hidden in the dot on the splash page. Hovering over the period in “Sept. 19 & 20” turns it yellow, and clicking on it expands a huge doge.

that aspect ratio.
you really need the music for full effect.

Partying with doge

After watching the looped video a few dozen times, it’s reasonable to get bored. Poking around in the source reveals a long binary string:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<! —
very splash
much hackmit
wow doge

anishathalye
katexyu
kimberli
fertogo
jenniferjzhang
mysticuno
detry322
ehzhang
00110000 01111000 01100010
01100001 01100110 01100110
00110001 01100101 01100100
01100100 00110000 00111001
01100101 00101110 01100100
01101111 01100111 01100101
01101101 01101001 01110100
00101110 01110000 01100001
01110010 01110100 01111001
— >

Puzzle 1: dogebot

HackMIT 2016 will be run by bots.
shh this is message from dogebot
shh pls send dogebot to hackmit
very amaze is ‘amaze ‘
very believe is ‘robot’
such bark much woof
very excite is amaze + woof
wow excite
very hack is plz bark with believe
console dose loge with hack
// this is message from dogebot 
// pls send dogebot to hackmit
var amaze = ‘amaze ‘;
var believe = ‘robot’;
function bark (woof) {
var excite = amaze + woof;
return excite;
}
var hack = bark(believe);
console.log(hack);

Puzzle 2: paper doge


We have six total puzzle parts! Read on about tricky numbers and weird sounds.

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