Maybe I have been playing too many room-escape type puzzles lately? Because “That HAS to be a clue!” was my first thought when I saw this today.
In honor of which, here’s a cryptogram I created for your puzzling pleasure:
ADDAA DDADD DADGA FXADX VFDDF AAXFD VAADA DXDDG DXAAX GAXFA DXFVD FXVDF XVDFX VFFGF VGVVF GFFFD VFAVV AAFDV AGFVV GAFAX VDDAF AAGFG FFFGG GFGDA DGVVA AXAFA FFAVD VGGFG VGAGF FGGDV FVVVV XVFVD ADGVV DGVVD GVDDF XAGVF DFDDA VAFFX DVGVA GFADG VFGVF GAFAG DVFXG AFAGA FAGAF AFAAX DAAAA AXFFV DAXFD AAXGA AAFDX GDFAV DDVDX DDAAA XAAAG AAAVD DDAAA AFAXD AADDD AADXG DAXGX ADDDA ADADD GAAAD
Now I hear from people that these are hard. I don’t want this to be hard, so I made it easier by posting the crypto keys publicly.
Find them, and then have at it! (Submit answers here)
Prize is only bragging rights; I will post the winners next week.
Who loves puzzles? I love puzzles! I especially love making puzzles. So I made this one for you to solve. Submit the correct answer to today’s puzzle for a delightful prize. This is a picture puzzle: the image will lead you to the instructions on how to submit the correct answer.
A one-year subscription to LastPass Premium will be awarded to each of the first two submitters of the correct solution to this puzzle.
I hope you are all working on the annual GCHQ Christmas Puzzle. I have gotten a running start but the deadline for entries is January 31, so you have plenty of time. Yeah, I know GCHQ are into the same kind of shady or illegal stuff that our NSA get up to. But it’s still kosher, in my book, to enjoy the puzzles they put out. Nobody makes fun puzzles like a bunch of crypto-nerds!
No spoilers, don’t worry.
The first part was fairly straightforward but required patience and attention to detail. When I had the A-HA moment about the general nature of what we’re looking for, the online references to specifications for such a thing were of great help. I am definitely going to hide an “Unknown” type Geocache using this method sometime soon!
As for the second part, I do not believe it can be solved in the manner that it makes seem obvious. At any rate, not without sheer luck. I found a quick & dirty way to solve it, instead, and I do believe that was the intention of the puzzle-makers.
Now I am stuck on the third part. Still not ready to throw in the towel, however. Check in with me after Christmas.
I have been posting a lot of Geocaching puzzles (adapted to solving without actually logging the cache).
So, not to be blunt but… is this something you folks want to do? Is it really? Because submissions to the solution page are… kind of thin.
If you’re trying to solve these, talk about it in the comments. Ask me for hints. Or discuss amongst yourselves. Show some life….
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