GeekDad Puzzle Of The Week: Barring Further Complications Solution

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Gosh folks, maybe this week’s puzzle was just too tough. Of everyone who entered (and there were a lot of entries), only Steven Strell answered correctly. So he gets a $50 gift certificate from ThinkGeek.


As many people ascertained, the bar code can be deciphered to the following numbers:

9 0 4 9 7 0 3 0 4 5 5 0

But we certainly wouldn’t stop there — those numbers mean nothing.

A lot of you tried to then search for a product that matched this code. Unfortunately, there isn’t one. For those of you who searched the UPC database, the top return for “UPC lookup” on Google, perhaps you saw a product listing early in the week that had those numbers. The product said “Geekdad Puzzle of the Week No Cheating.” I have no idea who put this there, but it wasn’t us and it wasn’t the answer.

I was worried about the number of people who were submitting this as the answer, so I got in contact with the Webmaster at the UPC Database (thanks, Rob!) and the description was replaced with the message “This is a red herring – Dave.” People still submitted this as the answer. (You do know what a red herring is, don’t you?)

Anyway, as I’ve mentioned, Steven Strell figured it out. Translate the numbers to letters in a straight cipher and you get:


But that doesn’t make much sense either. So if you apply a little leet to the phrase, you can get:

i dig c0de5


I dig codes

Congratulations to Steven and everyone who sent in a response. Be sure to tune back in on Monday when Dave G. will have a new puzzle possibly more difficult than this week’s head-scratcher.

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