It’s the Friday Puzzle…..


As ever, please do NOT post your answers, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

Into codes?  Yesterday a friend handed me this piece of paper and said that the numbers (15122 1116 96011621) contained a hidden message…. can you work it out?

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.

51 comments on “It’s the Friday Puzzle…..

  1. Nichelle says:

    I think I have solved it and it took a minute.

  2. Yvonne says:

    10 sec, so sweet

  3. Mad Kev says:

    Was he gay and Australian?

  4. Dave says:

    This mirrors a similar one I’ve seen before

  5. Andy says:

    Done, as soon as i looked at the image it clicked. Easy one this week Richard

  6. The Masked Twit says:

    No need to consult Bletchley Park on this one.
    Presumably RW will provide a puzzle for those into codes next week?

  7. Julie says:

    Easy and a lovely way to start the weekend.

  8. Seconds to see how it worked, a few more to double check. Nice one.

  9. Would you mind awfully if I didn’t..?

  10. David Reid says:

    A couple of minutes on this one. Seconds to guess the process.

  11. Dave says:

    Doh! 3 Minutes… Still early for me.

  12. Panglosswannabe says:

    got it

  13. Katrina Hill says:

    I’d love to, but im over here in Australia

  14. -M- says:

    Who exactly handed you that puzzle??

  15. Anonymous says:

    I find myself, once again, paralyzed with fear. Love that feeling.

  16. slugsie says:

    From the numbers, no. From the illustration, almost straight away.

    And no. 😉

  17. veli says:

    Look, I only like you as a friend, ok!

  18. Klaas De Smedt says:

    20 seconds in Paint.Net

  19. Eddie says:

    This is the first time I’ve got the answer as I finished reading the question.

  20. Mark Sheeky says:

    Instantly saw it. Good one.

  21. Took me 2 seconds to know how to solve it and then about 15 seconds to actually solve it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Easy to see how, longer to decipher the awful handwriting!

  23. Berhard says:

    can’t solve the last number… so i have to wait for monday,
    but from the first two numbers i would say: presumably not…

  24. Lazy T says:

    Well, did you oblige?

  25. Anonymous says:

    nice and preety hard for me but i am not english native speaker

  26. mittfh says:

    Boringly easy – I worked out the transformation in a few seconds then used a single operation in an external program to produce the solution. It reminds me of 128 root e980…

  27. collimate says:

    i just flipped the monitor upside down against a mirror, too easy! lol

  28. Ian says:

    lol 😀 Clever one, Richard, thanks for that! Interesting friend you have there 😉 Instantly saw how to read the code and took, I don’t know, probably less than a minute to read it fully and be sure. Nice one 😀

  29. Paul says:

    Took about 10 seconds to solve. Answer is obvious in the format of the message. Hand written rather than type is the tip off.

  30. 10 seconds, handwritten is the key. You are a lucky man with a special friend 🙂

  31. Well, maybe, if you weren’t all the way over there in England.

  32. Emily Gray says:

    One or two minutes, with the help of a certain tool that I won’t name, because it’d make the puzzle easier for the others.

  33. The Moron says:

    Is it something to do with the Pogues?

  34. Got it, but it would be embarrassing to say how long it took me.

  35. Martha says:

    They don’t even look like numbers!!

  36. Julia says:

    I got the second half quickly, took longer to work out the first half.

  37. Merari says:

    10 seconds

  38. Anders says:

    Took me forever this week, but after reading the comments, I of course got it instantly, since the usual s decide to give the answer away. So in the spirit of honesty, I can’t say I solved it this weekbut being given the solution is just no fun

    A while back Richard disabled comments completely because of this problem, is that really what people want to see happening again?

  39. Anders says:

    hm, html de-lousing removed my <expletive deleted> after the word usual in that

  40. Steve Frushour says:


  41. Kaylinn says:

    About a minute.

  42. Fun. Took me about a minute (though I did it without the helpful tool that I suspect many people used).

  43. Done Gone Galt says:

    Ugly. No. No. Hell no! This brings to mind a scene from the 1968 “Planet of the Apes”

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