Before leaving the hotel you notice something else...
Looks like the impression from another message, so you try an old trick:
Night is approaching, so you leave for home with clue #2
Transcript of the above message:
Klkbnqlcytfysryucocphgbdizz fcmjwkuchzyeswfogmmetwwossd chrzyldsbwnydednzwnefydthtd dbojicemlucdygicczhoadrzcyl wadsxpilpiecskomoltejtkmqqy mehpmmjxyolwpeewjckznpccpsv sxauyodhalmriocwpelwbcniyfx mwjcemcyrazdqlsomdbfljwnbij xpddsyoehxpceswtoxwbleecsax cnuetzywfn
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- Am I allowed to say what the polyalphabetic cipher key ISN'T? I want to do this because I assumed something that was wrong and I don't want other people making the same mistake.
If I am allowed to do so, I'll edit my tip/feedback to have what it isn't.(21 votes)
- I would suggest that we should let people make their own mistakes, as it is part of the learning experience.
Often, when we try to break codes we make assumptions and guesses that turn out to be wrong. When we make these mistakes we may still learn something about the message (we may obtain partial information). Additionally when we make a wrong guess, we will at least be able to eliminate the guess as a potential solution.
Learning how to eliminate possibilities, and how to piece together partial information are important skills in cryptanalysis.
Hope this makes sense(81 votes)
- I understand that we have to double the letters of the base word but can you tell me how did you discover that you have to do that?(13 votes)
- Everyone is saying what people must do in order to find the right answer. It sucks. Now that everyone commented that you have to double the letters, the truth is, the way to solve it, is finding the word, but it doesn't work. You know the message beggins with a specific phrase or word and ends with one too. You must figure out using those two knowledges (The word and the known part of the message) how to use the appropiate word(17 votes)
- Okay, I figured it out. But how would I know what to do with the keyword that would make it work. I figured it out from reading others' questions and responses. Was there a clue to that step somewhere in the text or would a code breaker just have to play with it enough times to get it right?(13 votes)
- Okay, after writing a fairly complex analysis program, I finally got the keyword correct... how in the world did the receiver know this though?(16 votes)
- everything i do... double letters, make word ten letters long, i cant decrypt it! how is it done?(5 votes)
- use this website : http://www.mygeocachingprofile.com/codebreaker.vigenerecipher.aspx but you must double all letters no matter what! Then it will be 10 letters(13 votes)
- i think i know the shift but i don't know how to decode
can someone help me?(5 votes)
- Try the Polyalphabetic Exploration on the Ancient Cryptography playlist or
. I hope this helps!(2 votes)
- Most confusing puzzle ever... but I eventually figured it out. So here's a hint, the keyword is 10 digits after you've doubled every letter... hint 2: Say the keyword is RAIN, on the website (http://sharkysoft.com/vigenere/), it would have to be QZHM. Hope that helps good luck!(8 votes)
- Thank you! This was the most helpful comment I saw. I knew the key word so I did what you said... and it worked. I’m giving you an up vote(1 vote)
- From part-1 of Clue #1 and end of Hint#2 I know the keyword, but it doesn't work. Is there anything else we need to take care of?(7 votes)
- I really thought I knew the keyword because it fit everything the Clue#1 hinted it to be and nothing else did, but it didn't work. I highly doubt there's anything else we need to take care of, but rather that we have the wrong keyword. Don't feel like you're lagging or behind because it seems like everyone has this problem.(4 votes)