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Statement

 Goal

When written with seven-segment display (Cf. banner image), a hexadecimal digit may still read when flipped vertically or horizontally. What is the result of applying a sequence of horizontal and/or vertical flip instructions to a given hexadecimal number?

- The sequence of flips is the number itself, but expressed in binary: 0 stands for horizontal and 1 for vertical.
- If the result is not a valid hex number, print Not a number.
- Should the result exceed 1000 hex digits, display only the initial 1000.
- Leading zeros in input and/or output are ok.

Below is how 123456789abcdef0 looks like after one flip:

Horizontal flip:    123456789abcdef0  |  0#9b#d6e8#a2##51
-------------------
Vertical flip: 153#2e#8a9#c#6#0

The # symbol above means arbitrary shapes that don't look like a valid hex digit.

Example: Let the hex number be 15 (0x15). Converting 0x15 to bin gives 10101 (0b10101).
The flipping sequence is therefore: vertical → horizontal → vertical → horizontal → vertical.

   15
----
12 | 51
----
21 | 15
----
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Input
The hexadecimal number to flip, written using the characters 123456789abcdef0
Output
The obtained hexadecimal (up to 1000 hex digits) or Not a number.
Constraints
0 < length of number <= 10000 hex digits (up to 16^10000 😲 in base 10!)
Example
Input
15
Output
12

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