It is an innate part of our human consciousness that we each endeavour to be unique. We strive whether man or woman, in childhood, as adults and even in our advanced years, each and every one to be different from all others. And, at least from a genetic viewpoint, we are each truly one of a kind. Yet, that difference buried deep within our cells comprises only about one one-hundredth of one percent of our DNA; the remainder of our whole selves being practically identical to all others of our species.
As teenagers we spend nearly every waking thought attempting to be seen as unlike anyone else and yet, in the same moment, strive almost to the point of insanity to be like all our peers so as to belong to the “in-crowd”. A true dichotomy
It is due to our desire for individuality the we long to possess that which no one else has. We paint our cars, decorate our homes, get tattoos and yet each of these expressions of our innermost sense of self are soon duplicated or parodied by others leaving us searching for yet another announcement of our oneness.
It is this plight that leads us to reach into the one place that is truly ours; inviolate by all who dare attempt without our permission and collusion knowledge of it's contents: our mind. Our most secret thoughts and deepest desires are safe so long as we utter them not.
Yet just as the beasts of the jungle when held in captivity, no matter how gilded their confinement, long for freedom so to do our innermost secrets scream to be loosed. To be held still hidden from the eyes of the world yet shared with someone. A lover, our closest confidant, our most trusted friend. So inspired was the birth of secret writing. Cryptography. Through cryptography we find a way for us keep our secrets, sharing them only with the trusted few that we choose and denying access to all others.
The antithesis to this security born of a secret defended by cryptography is the burning ambition within each of us to penetrate and discover the secrets of others. And thus was developed cryptography's nemesis: cryptanalysis.
It is upon this very plane that I endeavour to give you an opportunity for some personal accomplishment. Here then I present 4 messages protected by the armour of 4 cyphers. Each message and cypher is different. Each for you to lay bare with your superior intellect, sharply honed skills and infinite persistence.
The first cypher is a simple one for you to cut your teeth on. Someone only slightly familiar with the basics of cryptanalysis should experience little difficulty untangling the mystery within.
Each cypher increases in difficulty, allowing you to challenge yourself and test your abilities at several levels. The last is for those of you with a lot of experience. It will require some advanced skills. Or a whole lot of BDL (see Tips)
There are no riches to be had. No trophies for your showcase. Only the gratification brought by overcoming a challenge and the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of the elite, the few; able to discover through your efforts bounty hidden from the masses.I will however offer a little notoriety to those successful at mastering some - or all - of the challenges. I will right here in this blog announce your great skill and abilities to the world. You have only to email the correctly decyphered messages to: email@example.com along with your name and, if you wish, where you live. For the first 5 to correctly crack each of the cyphers and read the message I will post for all the world to see your names, along with the underlying plain text and the cyphers used to encrypt them.
UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED BY THE SUCCESSFUL CONTESTANTS, ONLY FIRST NAMES AND LAST INITIALS, ALONG WITH (if included) THE STATE/PROVINCE AND COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE WILL BE PUBLISHED.
Ie: John S of Quebec, Canada
succesfully cracked cypher #2
For a little assistance click HERE for some TIPS and a frequency-analysis table. Want a little more help? See my April 15, 2011 posting: A CRYPTO READING LISTLook for the winners and solutions in March. Enjoy.
P.S. If enough of you are interested, I will make this a regular part of my blog. It depends on the response. If you enjoy it, let me know.
HERE ARE THE CRYPTOGRAMS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
Click HERE for cryptogram #1 in printable text format
detia wdnae lbate htnoe sacfe irbsi htese hrorr
imaht iwlla wenon ognuh nisab hsawa sriah cehte
lbatk aodnu oreht wonyl raelc eromm ooreh tfosg
nihsi nrufe htees dluoc yobeh tciff artfo smaeb gniss
apeht dnate ertso redas ividm orfth gilml dehtt
sniag aereh tdoot sehem itgno larof wodni wehts
drawo tmoor ehtss orcad eklaw ehylw olsdn ayllu
fthgu ohter ipmav ehtdi asees imdps trfas ooclv
Click HERE for cryptogram #2 in printable text format
29422 82935 32294 22829 35322 92134 42282 53925 26363 92529 21342 94228 29353 23626 23364 33941 25473 64321 39253 44722 39292 72842 33294 24233 25414 22139 29442 53429 33254 12135 24342 93325 41362 62629 33254 13739 25424 24726 29332 54136 26473 64339 26363 92526 21422 82539 41263 94329 42213 52435 36454 23641 43294 23643 39273 92521 42233 63437 43422 53947 36433 92534 21273 52542 29232 93532 29343 43639 25422 82135 42282 14229 32353 64529 21342 14233 25214 14229 42282 93532 29344 34142 22254 22825 39254 73643 27363 42135 32252 53721 41233 63633 21414 73643 23213 52621 23253 72933 25413 62642 39292 13341 45294 22841 34293 32541 29423 92933 25414 22825 34423 62225 33292 54425 42282 14247 36433 72539 23252 94425 42282 54525 22422 82547 45252 14425 21352 43225 25373 63542 28293 53229 35272 63925 25
Click HERE for cryptogram #3 in printable text format
Do you fancy yourself expert cryptanalyst? Try THIS one.
WARNING: this will take advanced cryptanalytic skills to crack.
Click HERE for expert cryptogram in printable text format
Did you solve any - or all - of the the cyphers?
Send your solution(s) along with your name and, if you wish, where you live to : firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your rightful notoriety. If you are one of the first 5 to send in the correct solution(s), we will publish your accomplishment for all the world to see.
Have a conspiracy you'd like me to research? Got a question about crypto? Want to rant and rave about how crazy I am? Write your question or comment HERE and I'll do my best to find and post the answer.