Robert Mion

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Part 1

1. Subtleties in the password rules
2. Practicing my ABC's

one increasing straight of at least three letters

Could be four?
Could be five?

at least two different, non-overlapping pairs of letters

Could be three?

• `aabbccde`: no `i,o,l`, three different, non-overlapping pairs, one increasing straight of at least three letters
• `abcdeeff`: no `i,o,l`, two different, non-overlapping pairs, one increasing straight of five letters

Good to know when determining my new password.

Practicing my ABC's

Let's try figuring this out manually, frame-by-frame.

I was pretty certain I found it:

I re-traced my steps, and realized I overlooked an earlier password:

Thankfully, that was the correct answer to Part 1!

Part 2

Because, thanks to my overlooking Part 1's answer, I already discovered it!

I did it!!

• I solved both parts!
• Unknowingly, in reverse order!
• Without writing an algorithm, (un?)fortunately!

That's three parts in a row that I haven't written an algorithm to solve a puzzle.

I realize that is often the purpose of these puzzles: to do so using a codified algorithm.

But, as my series title states:

• My sole intent is to solve them
• Not to solve them solely by writing an algorithm

Because sometimes the most efficient - or fun - way to solve these is not by writing, but by some other equally creative means!