When I asked this question I did not yet know the answer. Even though I felt that I could probably solve it given a little time, I also felt that I had been able to formulate a question that was clear and would be interesting for the community.
I have since solved it and announced that in comments without giving away the answer. The community seems to be frustrated that after trying to help me, I really didn't need their help, and I can understand that. But I do want to keep the question open as a puzzle. However, they have voted to CLOSE the question. Now I can't answer it!
I have other puzzles that I think would be interesting and educational. Is there any way to post them or should I just file them away?