UNWRCOSHHCUUL Hint – 2 stage process using pair reversal and vowels
UN WR CO SH HC UU L ON WR CI SH HC OO L NO RW IC HS CH OO L
The code breaker’s challenge There are 9 parts to the code maker’s challenge – each step will give you part of a master key which you will need to crack the final code...and win a prize!
The code breaker’s challengePart 1 A mysterious letter has arrived on your doormat. It has an Egyptian postmark, and very neat, old-fashioned handwriting on the envelope. Inside is a single thin piece of paper, and written on it is a coded message: W R O T I U A T T H I E L P H E B I T
Y O U R / C O V E R / I S / B L O W N / R E T U R N / T O / B A S E / A T / O N C E
The code breaker’s challengePart 2 After playing with your computer for several hours, you feel it’s time to take a break. You go to get a drink – but when you return, you realise instantly that someone has used the machine while you were away. A strange sequence of numbers has been typed out across the screen, and written beneath is the following message – ‘you’ve been flamed’
The code breaker’s challengePart 3 Your computer lets you know that someone has sent you an email. The address f the sender seems to be somewhere in Egypt. The message reads as follows: YPLQQ / LAA / SDO / HOSSOPQ / CJ / SDO / JOWS / SDPOO / YLBOEPOKGOPQ / YDKHHOJRO / KJQVOPQ
Written below this are what appear to be six random words: Computer Software Terminal Keyboard Hacker Mouse
Bacon’s Bilateral code a AAAAA g AABBA n ABBAA t BAABAb AAAAB h AABBB o ABBAB u-v BAABBc AAABA I-j ABAAA p ABBBA w BABAAd AAABB k ABAAB q ABBBB x BABABe AABAA l ABABA r BAAAA y BABBAf AABAB m ABABB s BAAAB z BABBB Every ‘marked letter’ represents ‘B’ Every ‘unmarked’ letter represents ‘A’ Marking can include – underlining, italics, size differences, capitalisation, pin pricking, invisible ink
How wonderful it was to see you last weekend. I hope you enjoyed our day in London as much as I did. Howwonderful itwas to see you last weekend. Ihope youenjoyed our day in London as much as I did.
Howwonderful itwas to see you last weekend. Ihope youenjoyed our day in London as much as I did. Babbaabbabbaabbaaaaabaaaaaabaaabaaa Abbaaaaabbaaaaaabbaaaabbaaabaabaaaaaaaa You are in danger
The Vigenere tableau 1) Choose a keyword : MANCHESTER 2) Above your message write out the keyword repeatedly 3) Using the plaintext on the ‘x’ axis of the tableau and the keyword letters on the ‘y’ axis, compose the coded message (without the keyword, this is almost unbreakable)
To decipher, you simply reverse the rules by writing the keyword repeatedly above the coded message Then take the first letter of the keyword on the ‘x’ axis and follow the tableau down until it meets the code letter Read across to the ‘y’ axis to identify the original plaintext S E
Use the Vigenere tableau to crack these 10 words – when considered together you will be able to identify 5 popular TV soap operas Keyword = SOAP TFODC SKAN GOKH KHRTWH FSIVZPOJJG UCRDFOTXGB SBD KWDT ZCLAQ ZCMT
Frequency tables E T A O N R I S H D L G C M U F Y P W B V K X J Q Z Single letter words - I or A in English Double letters tend to be – B D E F G L M N O P R S T Look out for short words from which you can make educated guesses Combine deduction, common sense, patience and guess work! Above all else – keep your key up to date
The code breaker’s challengePart 4 Someone has tucked 4 coded messages inside your bag when you were not looking. The first 3 are written using different codes. The 4th uses the same code as one of the first 3 and contains the answer you need for this part of the challenge.
CODE 1: P OMUPNQMU GPK AN SATTUH AHNATU OSU JPD OMUU HUPM OSU WUNOUMH WPFF JR OSU RAUFT Clues: O = T, A = I, G = M, N = S - -------- --- -- ------ ------ --- --- ---- ---- --- ------- ---- -- --- -----
CODE 2: TDMRM FS C SMNRMT PCSSCBM IMTWMML TDM SKUBBJMRS NCVM CLE TDM OJE DOUSM Clues: The letters from P-Z have not changed ----- -- - ------ ------- ------- --- --------- ---- --- --- --- -----
The code breaker’s challengePart 5 You receive a message at school, telling you to go to the OMR. When you get there you find the following message scrawled on the wall…
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1) Both sender and receiver must have the same blank crossword. 2) The message is written from left to right in the blank squares. 3) The code is then achieved by copying out the text again, but this time working vertically. 4) To decipher the message it must be written into the blank grid vertically but read off horizontally.
This method of creating a code is simple but very effective HCOEY TRSC HOEDBET AI IDTUFV SIEME MNT EOGIPVF TAE FCSLRE
The code breaker’s challengePart 6 A strange looking card arrived in the post this morning – addressed to you, with an Egyptian stamp on it. On one side, it has the code: 20 / 9 / 13 / 5 / 19 On the other side it says: LNTSWTES CSNE OAFTFHGAR NIIEI GTONCS RGHENF ATAAL TIRHTLTSY UGHX OEIRHLIW
Examining the postcard more closely you find a clue written underneath the stamp: the word ‘newspaper’. The following grids appeared in national newspapers on the day the card was posted. Fill the correct grid vertically to read off a horizontal message – the answer is a kind of insect.
The code breaker’s challengePart 7 You are taking your laptop out of the cupboard to work on some homework for school, when you notice a sheet of paper taped to the underside. The printed message reads: DVLWW LRR BYC OQWB WCFCH OCBBCVW
The code breaker’s challengePart 8 You are visiting a museum at 221B Baker street on a school trip, when you stumble across an old piece of paper. It looks like a coded letter made up of odd looking stick men. Clues: How do letters usually start? Who is the letter to and from?
At school the next day, you are browsing through the library when you come across a folded piece of paper with your name on it, sticking out of an anthology of detective fiction. Upon opening it, you discover another set of dancing men – could this bring you one step closer to cracking the master code?
The code breaker’s challengePart 9 This morning you found a list scrawled on the back of one of your exercise books. None of your friends or family has owned up – is this list of purchases as innocent as it looks> Clues: The code is hiding a 7 letter word.