T. O. Panellist
OK, so the question is steganographically encrypted in the .tiff file
headers, and the password to decrypt it is either the slug line or "On due
cue" or something related to that. Or the slug line might be a clue that it
Mac users can probably decrypt it using the free program Pict Encrypt
I can't find a Windows equivalent that understands .tiff format, and trying
to convert the format appears to lose the message. All I can see unencrypted
in there is the path name on Jerry's machine that it came from,
Let the Mac users have a go at it...
for mail: my initials plus a u e
at tpg dot com dot au
There's a lot of noise in the picture that looks like jpeg compression
artifacts. The tiff must have been created from a jpeg. That noise could hide
a lot of information. But it would be too well hidden for a casual puzzle.
On the other hand, there are 10 consecutive inexplicably dark pixels in the
top row. Their RGB values are:
255 255 250
47 223 251
97 187 159
243 230 203
33 138 201
115 254 136
115 252 122
225 210 26
36 166 225
223 255 255
The first and last are nearly white (255 255 255) so they might be
uuencoded data (not including the "begin" and "end" lines) would only have
bytes in the range 33-96, so what are all the other numbers good for?
> Let the Mac users have a go at it...
Our questions may be unfair in all kinds of ways, but you can answer
this one no matter what kind of computer or operating system you use.
Jerry Friedman, Totally Defensive Panelist
Thanks, Alan. So it is not already uuencoded, so maybe we have to encode it.
There's an online encoder at http://www.webutils.pl/index.php?idx=uu
When I do that I find embedded the question:
Your new Cormo is being sent as an e-mail attachment.
Jerry Friedman, T. O. Sheepencoder