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Previous Part: Part #1

After successfully completing Part #1's puzzle, you receive another message from the CIA on your black screen:

Dear Reader, we are glad to state that you have been accepted into part #2 of the CIA admission challenge! Only the best mathematicians, scientists, and code crackers in the world are accepted. For the next puzzle we require you to use the nfpvv_gnoyr to decode { q w " u q n x g f " k v.

You are required to solve nfpvv_gnoyr, then use the answer to solve { q w " u q n x g f " k v.

NOTE: The hints are to be used in order.

Hint(s) for nfpvv_gnoyr:

Hint 1:

r13

Hint(s) for { q w " u q n x g f " k v:

Hint 1:

Use the nfpvv_gnoyr, as mentioned before.

Hint 2:

Use b10 number for each char.

NOTE: The back story is fictional.

Next Part: Part #3

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not 100% certain what standard procedure / etiquette is around here, but I'd suggest not including the hints unless/until it seems they might be needed. The hints you provided aren't even really hints, they're just step-by-step instructions for solving the puzzle, which kinda takes some of the fun out of it. $\endgroup$
    – SQLnoob
    Jun 1, 2022 at 21:56
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    $\begingroup$ Alright, thanks for your feedback! I will edit my post and include this in my next puzzles. $\endgroup$
    – smlee
    Jun 1, 2022 at 22:33

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The solution:

First we apply ROT13 to “nfpvv_gnoyr” which gives us “ascii_table.”

Then, looking up the characters from { q w " u q n x g f " k v in the ASCII table, we get the following numbers:

123 113 119 34 117 113 110 120 103 102 34 107 118

Assuming the two instances of 34 should just be blanks suggests we might want to subtract 34 from all of the numbers. If we do that, we get the following:

89 79 85 0 83 79 76 86 69 68 0 73 84

Looking up these new numbers on the ASCII table, they spell out:

YOU SOLVED IT

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