# Simmons Hall

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start | Start by looking for patterns in the answers that feed into this meta-puzzle. You may notice some similarities in the letters used. |

answers | All of the answers employ a specific set of letters. Furthermore, the lengths of the answers are the same, and there is something special about the center letters. |

theme | Simmons Hall is sometimes colloquially called "The Sponge". This is related to our "carpet" problem. |

carpet, sponge | The carpet in question is Sierpinski's carpet. Can you determine a way to generate Sierpinski's carpet using the image provided and the 9-letter feeder answers? |

expand, iterate | Each of the feeder answers starts with a unique letter. This means that you can replace a letter with its corresponding feeder answer to expand the grid to the next iteration of Sierpinski's carpet. |

center | I's and O's look a lot like 1s and 0s, don't they? Moreover, the first iteration happens to contain exactly 8 small black squares. |

bits, binary, ascii | Reading the first iteration's black squares in row major order and interpreting I as 1 and O as 0, we get 01000001. Compare this result to the character listed for 1.1. |

extraction | By treating I as 1 and O as 0, we can see that the first iteration, when read in row major order, results in the ASCII code for A. A similar pattern follows for later iterations. Your task is to find the characters corresponding to the given sequence at the bottom. |

The carpets in Simmons are a bit wet... What can you use to dry them?

S | T | S |

E | L | |

S | L | A |

1.1: `A`

2.1: `Y`

2.2: `T`

2.3: `A`

2.4: `-`

2.5: `)`

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