first puzzle write-up

The Trail

import requestsuri1=''
image_path = 'C:\\cicadas\\'# change the path where you want to savefor i in range(0,10000):
with open(str(i)+uri2) as f:
r = requests.get(uri1+str(i)+uri2)
while r.status_code != 200:
r = requests.get(uri1+str(i)+uri2)
with open(str(i)+uri2, 'wb') as f:
for chunk in r:
One of the 52 images that featured a letter
— take the upper portion of the image, above where the cicada extends
- hash it
- obtain the background trait name from the jsons file
- check if all traits of the same type have the same hash
A XOR (+contrast increase) of the 2nd and 3rd image ids

The ape at the end of the tunnel

import json
import numpy as np
import cv2
json_path = 'C:\\cicadas\\json\\' # path to json files
image_path = 'C:\\cicadas\\images\\' # path to image files
image = np.zeros((4096,4096,3), np.uint8)for i in range (0,10000):
jsf = open(json_path+str(i)+".json",'r')
js = json.loads(jsf.readline())
for attr in js["attributes"]:
if (attr["trait_type"] == "Background"):
if (attr["value"] == "Black"):
im = cv2.imread(image_path+str(i)+".png")
image = cv2.bitwise_xor(image, im)
Squint your eyes and look at the top left corner, it’s there





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