# Cursed

## Sofiya Cremin

First, you have to figure out what this puzzle is. It has the form of a cross sums (kakuro) puzzle, but the numbers are too large and suggest cross products instead. But that doesn't work either, since most of the numbers have one or two large prime factors. The flavor text hints that it is in hexadecimal, and so it is (but with the grid cleverly filled so that the products in hex use only digits 0-9). Solve it:

8E7 B15 BC8 3D1F 824 2143 1423 241 52D1 21854 137 81E27 C7A685 214863 2B689A 635A7F 73 96 8B326C 1623D5 C4A519 321547 24351 632 3C291 1278 154 F1E4 3D1F 317 9682 7E4 B7A B8A

If you were paying attention while solving this you noticed the sparsity of the letters in the solution as well. The answer is formed by connecting the letters in order in each of the six sections of the grid:

E B BC D F | | | | | | D | | |E C A | | | B A A F B C D C A | | | | | C | | | F-E D F | | E B-A B A

So the answer is **CIRCLE.**