Solution to Apocalypse

Author: Galen Pickard

The 28 images correspond to phrases from R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".

That's great, it starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, an aeroplane, and Lenny Bruce is not afraid
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn
World serves its own needs, don't misserve your own needs
Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt, no strength no
The ladder starts to clatter with a fear of heights, down, height
Wire in a fire, represent the seven games
And a government for hire and a combat site

The images are, in song order:



[birds and snakes]


[Lenny Bruce]

[Not Afraid]

[eye of a hurricane]

[listen to yourself]









[grunt (no)]

[strength (no)]

[ladder structure]


[fear of heights]

[down height]

[wire in a fire]


[seven games]


[for hire]

[combat site]

Each file name ends suspiciously in a two character bigram. Reading the first character of the bigram in song order spells READSECONDCHARACTERSHEXASCII. The second characters, interpreted as bigrams, are:

41 4E 53 57 45 52 20 22 41 52 52 41 59 22

Which is ASCII for ANSWER "ARRAY", and thus the answer to the puzzle is ARRAY.

Note: This puzzle pulls heavily from an old warm-up puzzle Erin Rhode wrote for the team in 2009 which used Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire instead of REM.