February 2012 Puzzle Solution

Each set of "BINGO" letters and claps forms a letter using five-bit binary. For example, B I (clap) G (clap) = 11010 = 26 = Z. These letters form abbreviations (or other short meaningful units) that should be interpreted in the context of the profession mentioned in their sound file. For example, in baseball, LF is left fielder, a position traditionally numbered 7. You can get 11 numbers in this way:

  • broker: .I... .ING. BI.G. = HNZ = 57
  • chemist: B.N.. ...G. = TB = 65
  • dealer: ....O .I.G. = AJ = 21
  • duffer: B.... ....O B..G. = PAR = 72
  • giant: .IN.. B.N.. = LT = 56
  • hustler: ...G. .IN.. B.N.O = BLU = 2 (ball 2 is solid blue)
  • mailman: .I.GO B..GO = KS = 34
  • operator: .ING. BI.G. = NZ = 64
  • preacher: .IN.. ..N.O B.NG. = LEV = 3
  • programmer: ..N.O B..GO ...GO = ESC = 27
  • tribune: .IN.. BI... .I..O = LXI = 61

Mark these numbers on the bingo grid, and then look at the rows, columns, and diagonals of the grid indicated by arrows. Treat the marked space (and the FREE space) as 1s and the unmarked spaces as 0s to get more letters in five-bit binary; for example, arrow 4 points to a marked space, an unmarked space, the free space (marked), and two unmarked spaces, which gives 10100 = T. These letters, taken in the order of the numbered arrows, spell MOD TWO SIX LEFTOVERS. Read the remaining (unmarked) spaces (starting from the top row, and always going right across a row before moving down to the next), taking the numbers modulo 26 and converting to letters, to get the final answer, HAVE A BIT (ha!) OF FUN.

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