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Does anyone here like beer?
OK, this is one of the most famous brews worldwide. Almost. D’oh.
“42” is hidden in the “Best before” date, as February 11th is the 42nd day of the year.
The barcode is a distraction, resulting in the phrase “These aren’t the words you’re looking for…” when processed by a bar code reader.
Got still no idea why this phrase sprang to my mind.
The “words you’re looking for” (Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty), are contained inside the ingredients list. Look up each ingredient in the Periodic Table of the Elements and write the resulting letters down as many times as the percentage states (no percentage means: once). Now you might need a good anagram generator. 🙂
I was aiming for something entirely different, but running out of time. So it had to be a simple “classic” again instead. Sorry, Juan.
No “Practice Random…” line to see here – please move along. Oh, wait. There’s still a quite obvious appearance of the number “42”, the two mysterious cFos guys and “cFos” itself.
And (this is the only, but not really hidden part) you can find the year 2015 in Attic Numerals right in the middle of the image.
20 years of cFos… …this is quite some time. Funny conincidence that one of my all-time favourite computer games is exactly of the same age:
Day of the Fossil… …err Tentacle
The “Practice Random…” line is scrambled to build the game menu, the number “42” is formed by the branches of a tree in the background.
The mugs were designed in 2013, but were planned to be handed out in 2014 – so I had to decide for one of the two years. I went for 2013, which is anagrammatically hidden in “Where to enter zoo?”.
This mug is done in the style of Leonardo da Vinci, right up to the mirrored hand-writing he used for his texts. “Practice random kindness…” ist not actually hidden, but just translated into Italian. The additional text has been taken from our Italian “traffic shaping” page.
The “42” is hidden in the dice’s visible pips, the current year can be gained by counting the corners of the geometric objects: “20” + “6+5=11” = “2011“.
In the text the letters “r,o,j,v,n,b” are rendered in a slightly lighter tone, the letters “e,m,f,a,v” slightly stronger. By applying the Vigenère cipher with the correct key (3–6–15–19 = “cfos“) one gets the names of “Martin” and “Chris”.
Is there one among us who doesn’t know these little bricks from his/her youth? So, another classic. See the cFos crew pursuing their daily business.
When searching for this years topic, i was interupted by my daughter asking me for a version of Pac-Man for her Nintendo DS. Search completed.
The pac-dots inside the labyrinth contain the lines:
“What do you get if you multiply six by nine?” – Reference to 42 (taken from the TV show)
“Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”
“Cramhints” – encription key (C,R,A,M,H,I,N,T,S=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) for the two names hidden in the high scores.
The number 42 is also included as the total sum of the bonus items (4200 points); the current year is to be found inside the power pellets.