On the Subject of The Hill Cycle
Not the kind you need a mountain bike for.
This module consists of a screen, eight dials with blue labels, and a QWERTY keyboard.
The labels on the dials, when decrypted and read from left to right, spell out an eight letter word.
The eight dials can be split into four pairs of adjacent dials, each with one upper and one lower dial.
The number of 72° rotations, starting from north, of each pair is interpreted are interpreted as two digit base 5 numbers.
These numbers give the entries of a 2x2 matrix in reading order.
The alphabetic positions of the letters on these pairs of dials modulo 26 become entries in 2x1 column vectors.
Each vector is multiplied by the matrix and taken modulo 26 to produce the a vector whose entries are the alphabetic positions of the encrypted letters. (with Z=0)
Once deciphered, find the word in the table below, the word written below it is the word that should be entered.
Apply the same encryption to the response word, and type out the encrypted response word using the keys.
The word is automatically submitted when eight keys are pressed.
The red button can be pressed at any time before the eighth key is pressed to cancel the input.
Inputting any of the eight letters incorrectly will cause a strike to be issued and reset the module.