On the Subject of The Sphere

And you thought The Cube was bad...

  • The module will show a rotating sphere. The sphere will blend through 5 of 8 potential colours before repeating.
  • The colour options are red, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, grey and white. The cycle will not necessarily be in that order. Colours may be repeated.
  • Each transition will take 3 seconds before holding at black for 1 second.
  • The sphere will emit a distinct sound and two smaller indicator spheres will illuminate before it blends into its 5th colour.
  • To disarm the module, you must enter a series of 6 taps and 5 holds. Taps are determined by the serial number, holds by the sphere colours.
  • To calculate the taps, take each character of the serial number, converting any letters to equivalent numbers, modulo 10 (e.g. A = 1). Tap and release the sphere when the final digit of the second timer is equal to that number.
  • To calculate the holds, use the table below and hold the sphere for the given number of seconds (according to the bomb's second timer).
  • Each time you click, the sphere will emit a sound (and hum upon holding).
  • Tapping will trigger a green LED. Holding will trigger a blue LED.
  • Enter all inputs in the correct order to disarm the module.
  • Entering any incorrect inputs will cause a strike upon completion of the full sequence of 11. Correct inputs will be indicated by a pink LED, with incorrect inputs indicated with a red LED.
  • Following a strike, you will only need to re-enter incorrect responses.
  • For each colour, calculate the appropriate hold time using the formulae below. A '%' sign refers to the modulo operation:
    • Red = ((DVI-D ports + unlit indicators)2 % 10) + 1.
    • Blue: x = (Batteries + parallel ports + lit indicators)3. If x > 9, blue = 'tens' digit. Otherwise, or if the 'tens' digit is 0, blue = 5.
    • Green = Digital root of (the converted serial number digits). If the converted serial number digits are all 0, green = 4.
    • Orange: x = (Battery holders + port plates + 7) * (RJ45 + parallel ports + unlit indicators + 3). y = the sum of x's digits. Orange = (y % 10) + 1.
    • Pink = ((Absolute difference between (lit indicators)2 and (batteries)2) % 10) + 1.
    • Purple: x = (Total ports + port plates + unlit indicators + battery holders)3. If x > 99, purple = 'hundreds' digit. Otherwise, or if the 'hundreds' digit is 0, purple = 7.
    • Grey = Digital root of ((port plates)2 + (batteries)3). If 0, grey = 4.
    • White = Digital root of ((batteries + lit indicators + 13) * (ports + indicators + port plates + 9)).


  • If you have exactly 2 AA batteries, exactly 1 serial port, an unlit FRQ indicator and exactly 3 port plates, submit your answer in order 10.
  • Otherwise, add together the number of lit indicators, battery holders, serial ports and RJ-45 ports.
  • Add together the number of unlit indicators, port plates, D batteries and Stereo RCA ports.
  • Multiply the numbers together and modulo 10.
  • Submit your answers in the corresponding order.
  • T# refers to the tap position of the given serial number digit (e.g. T1 is the converted digit in the first position of the serial number).
  • H# refers to the hold position of the colour in the sphere cycle (e.g. H1 is the answer yielded from the first colour of the sphere cycle).
# Order
0 T4, T1, H5, T2, H3, H1, T6, T3, H2, H4, T5
1 H3, T2, T6, T1, H2, H5, T3, T4, T5, H1, H4
2 H5, H1, T3, T4, H3, T6, T1, H2, H4, T5, T2
3 T1, H2, T3, H5, T6, H4, H1, T2, T4, T5, H3
4 H1, T5, T3, H4, H2, T6, T1, T2, T4, H3, H5
5 T2, T4, H5, H1, T3, T1, H2, H3, H4, T5, T6
6 T6, H3, T2, H1, T5, T4, H4, H2, T3, T1, H5
7 H4, H1, H3, T2, T6, H5, H2, T4, T3, T5, T1
8 T4, T6, H3, T1, T2, H5, H1, T3, H2, T5, H4
9 H2, T2, H3, T6, H1, T5, T4, H4, H5, T1, T3
10 T1, H1, T2, H2, T3, H3, T4, H4, T5, H5, T6