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# Crypto Puzzle

Jason Menard
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Here is another crypto. I'm going to keep this one simple again: no hat, just a key. Three different cryptograms using the same cipher alphabet, but with different offsets. You can go back and read the instructions if you need a refresher.
The puzzles should be able to be solved easily. If you want to put in just a little more work you should be able to tell me the original cipher alphabet (remember it's just the regular alphabet with a key applied), the key, and the offsets for each cryptogram.
(HINTS: These all came from somewhere on the Sun site, or a link off of it. Doing a frequency count of the letters before attempting to solve the puzzles will help. Remember the most frequently used letters in the English language are (not in order) SENORITA, and the least used are the poker hand: XJQK. Also, since no hat is applied, if you solve one and correctly recover the cipher, you can solve the others just by shifting the cipher.)
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1. szyzlsafzsy csmj ypk jgasmywyvzjy rltmslvmsgzy gk tpsrgkdvmk, jlyylafpyzvvy flez aszlvzb lk mnzk ympsaz ynzzaf ywkvfzygy zkdgkz qsgvvzk zkvgszrw gk vfz hlelvj nsmdsljjgkd rlkdpldz. vfgy fgdf-nzscmsjlkaz ymcvqlsz amkezsvy vzuv vm ynzzaf. wmp vwnz gv; wmps qmsiyvlvgmk ynzliy gv. lkb vfz qfmrz qmsrb tzkzcgvy.
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3. pgdqyadqp exqzfxn pqhzuzyafl tydx, bph yzlp, zfr tydx-xacq ejpygd yzlp vugd bzwz uqijauqp jffqeqppzuaxn egfwgxjyqr egrq. af ytqpq ezpqp, ngj qaytqu afexjrq bzwz peuahyxqyp zfr qmhuqppagfp af ytq bph gu hjy pgdq tydx egrq af ytq bzwz yzl tzfrxqu exzpp. a'r uzytqu pqq z pdzxx zdgjfy gv tydx egrq af ytq bzwz exzpp ytzf pqq bzwz, pjet zp peuahyxqyp zfr qmhuqppagfp, af ytq bph. pafeq ejpygd yzl tzfrxqup zuq phqeavae yg ytq ejpygd yzlp ytqn adhxqdqfy (zfr fgy uqjpzsxq gjyparq bphp), hxzeafl fqeqppzun tydx ytquq ap fgy yugjsxqpgdq.
[ May 31, 2003: Message edited by: Jason Menard ]

Joseph Russell
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Don't know if anyone else is doing this or not but I just wanted to make a quick suggestion. If it's okay with Jason I was thinking we could email him our answer instead of posting it so as not to spoil the fun for the rest of us.

Jason Menard
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I would suggest just posting the answer here if you want, but make the text color the same as the same background color by wrapping it in an HTML FONT tag. The color for the light background is #eadbc4 for example.

Jason Menard
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Thought I'd move this here from another forum to have a puzzle to go along with the Crypto Challenge Instructions.
[ May 31, 2003: Message edited by: Jason Menard ]

John Dunn
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Correction for the first puzzle:
In the first puzzle, the period after 'gv' should really be a ','.

John Dunn
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If it helps... I did all three in about 2-3 hrs by moving each puzzle into notePad and double spacing the lines and then eyeballing them for typical word patterns.
I could have saved myself about 1.5 hrs by printing out the un-decrypted notepad doc first and then filling in by hand rather than by keyboard.

Jason Menard
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Originally posted by John Dunn:
If it helps... I did all three in about 2-3 hrs by moving each puzzle into notePad and double spacing the lines and then eyeballing them for typical word patterns.
I could have saved myself about 1.5 hrs by printing out the un-decrypted notepad doc first and then filling in by hand rather than by keyboard.

Paul Stevens has a small app in this thread, which should help out somewhat.
Were you able to recover the key and offsets?
[ June 01, 2003: Message edited by: Jason Menard ]

Jason Menard
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Originally posted by John Dunn:
Correction for the first puzzle:
In the first puzzle, the period after 'gv' should really be a ','.

I got your answers and they look good! This is an old puzzle so I'm going to have to go back and recover the key I think.
In the future it might be best just to post your answers here "invisibly". If not the entire thing then at least the ciphers, key, offsets, hat (if applicable), etc...

John Dunn
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Old? You mean 'Ancient', right? I never noticed the date!!
Have not got the keys yet.

John Dunn
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I can't figure out how to find keys or any kind of patterns between the three ciphers.

Jason Menard
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Originally posted by John Dunn:
I can't figure out how to find keys or any kind of patterns between the three ciphers.

Check out this page. I'm guessing these guys might know a thing or two about solving these.