Leet More 2010 Time Traveller writeup

A scientist who worked on the issue of space-time continuum, suddenly disappeared.
He left only
a mysterious drawing in a notebook.
There is a suspicion that he traveled back in time. In what year did he travel? And what is his name?

There are only 2 breaks in this maze. Let’s try to find the way. Ascii of lines length don’t mean anything, but turns do. Each turn is a bit. Just experiement to find that turn right = 1, turn left = 0. Here is a script to collect bits:


    $im = imagecreatefrompng($argv[1]);
    if (!$im) die("can't open image\n");
    $right1 = 1; #if turn right = 1
    $sx = $sy = 512;

    #start coordinates
    $x = 256;
    $y = 246;
    $angle = 270;
    $key = '';
    while (1) {
        $cos = intval(cos(deg2rad($angle)));
        $sin = intval(sin(deg2rad($angle)));
        $c = imagecolorat($im, $x+$cos, $y-$sin);
        if ($c) #clear pixels for doctor's name
            imagesetpixel($im, $x+$cos, $y-$sin, 0x30);
        if (!$c) {
            $ar = ($angle + 270 ) % 360;
            $al = ($angle + 90 ) % 360;
            $xr = $x+intval(cos(deg2rad($ar)));
            $yr = $y-intval(sin(deg2rad($ar)));
            $xl = $x+intval(cos(deg2rad($al)));
            $yl = $y-intval(sin(deg2rad($al)));
            $cr = imagecolorat($im, $xr, $yr);
            $cl = imagecolorat($im, $xl, $yl);
            if ($cl && $cr)
                die("Picture failish\n");
            if (!$cl && !$cr)
            if ($cr) {
                $angle = $ar;
                $x = $xr;
                $y = $yr;
            else {
                $angle = $al;
                $x = $xl;
                $y = $yl;
            $key .= (!!($cr) ^ $right1) ? 1 : 0;
        else {
            $x += $cos;
            $y -= $sin; //axes differ
    $a = str_split($key, 8);
    foreach ($a as $b) {
        echo chr(bindec($b));
    echo "\n";
    imagepng($im, "out.png");
$ php solve.php traveller.png

out.png contains a shadowed path and we can see the scientist’s name:

So, the answer to Time Traveller 2 was “Dr Leet”


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    • unkn0w on June 15, 2011 at 11:07
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    interesting challenge, but the question is how we can build such as image ?
    is there some trick using grafis editor or it just with the code ?
    if you please let me know ?

  1. I built it with a script on php. It generates 100 random pics with the hidden text. So you can choose a nice one.

    “Dr Leet” text was added later manually.

      • unkn0w on June 15, 2011 at 23:44
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      how we add the Dr Leet text ?
      first we add the text to an image or text added after we generated an image ?

      1. First we generate the image, then we add Dr Leet text

          • unkn0w on June 16, 2011 at 11:28
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          thanks sir, i have try it and it so awesome, but a little hard to add the text on that image so that people cant notice there is secret text inside an image, i use photoshop to add the text, but mine not look so awesome as your sir, may be i should to find some font type or draw it by my self,

          thanks again sir :)

            • hellman on June 16, 2011 at 11:34

            Yes, we drew it manually, line by line in paint :)

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