yes/ no

on /off

puzzle solved/puzzled unsolved

Welcome to the world of 1 and 0s where there is no middle term.

So binary is basically a series of ones and zeros, that can be translated to anything you can think of.

And it can come in different sizes. And of course the more digits the more possibilities

For example

– with 1 digit we can have 2 possibilities 0 or 1

– two digits already allows us 4 possibilities 00 01 10 or 11

– three digits 8 possibilities

– four digits 16 … well you see where this is going

So the most common and the one you will see the most around the web in terms of converters is 8 digits. And that is the one we will us for this lesson

So far so simple (I hope) .The problem is binary coding in the niantic world tends to not be so obvious. Normally there are substitutions . the 0s and 1s do not show up simply as that. Sometimes they are replaced by letters and numbers. So because of this I will make a series of exercises with increasing difficulty to help you understand better. To help you remember after solving the first one that the beginning of all the url is the same

level 1 –

011001110110111101101111001011100110011101101100

001011110011100101001101011010100100010100110110

level 2 –

a61kj923b52p1209i85r7274wq7n923rt92hs576z87g62yr

te7m9026u76hzwl9re84we76b45gt7fds6743plres64u5v1

level 3 –

AkjPQmbsUpqMpmfsBsaRqposNVuRewqAKmeTZnerVmcRjhBE

SHtHsapoVjfgYApqNphdYnJHFweNvKsHGqBxjLpTStBVCquy

level 4

. – – . . – – – . – – . – – – – . – – . – – – – . . – . – – – . . – – . . – – – . – – . – – . . . . – . – – – – . – . – – . . . . . – – . – – – . . – – . – . . . . – – . . . – . – – . . – – – (the spaces here have no meaning)

EXTRA NOTES – All of them have characters in multiples of 8 . Always a good hint it might be binary with 8 digits

As usual the reward is not game items but an image that just helps you know you solved this lesson

## 16 Comments

Hint for decoding levels 2 & 3, please.

The hint is at the very beginning of the post: yes/no, on/off

In binary, think of two alternative options and then assign a 0 to one option and a 1 to the alternative. See how that applies to 2 and 3 (and 4)

Guh. Duh. Got it. :-)

There are only 10 types of people in the world:

Those who understand binary, those who don’t

and those who didn’t expect this to be ternary.

Got it, I wish the Niantic puzzles would all be that easy. I guess I’ll be able to easily decode niantic’s as well at the end of this 101 classes. Thanks Jack for your time and effort in putting up this.

You would be suprised how sometimes this very info can be used on those puzzles, with some minor twists . Check out this one from the EXIf from yesterday banner

SOLVED / DEAD

osnReVjKrUifTBFekcfCwLPnTxEehbNciBRqKyneolecEveWhCkTKED

Solution

Convert capital letters to b and lowercase to a

aaababababaabbbaaaababbababaaabaabbabaaaaaaabaabababbbb

Decrypt using bacon

CVHBNITIBFP

Then simply convert letters to numbers in the right spots

3vh2nit926p

I follow this through decryption with Bacon’s Cipher… but how do you know what letters to convert to numbers? Is that a trial and error process?

Thanks for the 101 lesson! I’m finding it very helpful and quite entertaining!

@joshtielor…

Passcodes normally have this format:

[2-9][p-z][a-h][2-9]keyword[p-z][2-9][p-z][2-9][p-z]

The code 3vh2nit926p throws me because I would expect the second numeral 2 to remain the letter B in this case, rather than be converted to a digit.

That’s good information. Indeed weird that the code wouldn’t follow the pattern. Is the pattern changing? Would they do that to us?

There are a few other known formats, e.g., Hint Water codes for one, but I haven’t heard anything about the standard passcode format changing.

BTW, I misspoke about that last letter B. The position of that character in the code pattern doesn’t fit as a digit or in the alpha range. So, where you suggested trial and error, I suppose this is a case where you would try either (alpha-numeric equivelent substitution) for this one odd character. At least you only have two options (b or 2). A third option might be that it still must convert in the right alpha range, e.g. B–>b–>p (b inverts to p). Solving these codes sure makes one think outside the box in all kinds of ways.

Sweet! It took a bit of effort but I got it!

… waiting patiently for Lesson 5 :D

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First attempt at this got me mummy porn :)

Thank you for lessons. Waiting for continue :)

Did it! :)