# There's GOLD in dem der hills!

A pirate's treasure...
Billy the pirate buried his plunder at the mouth of a large river. He killed all of his crew then made his way on foot back to civilization. He ended up getting sick with yellow fever and died in a hospital bed.

Just before he passed he whispered to the nurse the coordinates to the buried gold. The nurse believed it was the high fever and delirium, but he insisted she write it down.

Many years later her great-grandson Jack, while packing for the second Great War, found the note in a box belonging to his long dead relative. Not knowing the importance of the note, he sent a telegram over the wire to his grandfather who was still living in DC.

Unfortunately the message never reached his grandfather: the Germans had intercepted the telegram. The U-boat captain prepared to send the message back to high command, when the sub hit a mine.

My grandfather found the message during a salvage operation. Can anyone help me find the gold?

y7.9z/d.f4!\,j01"r@p$(5)+wzyx.7e/h,l0fom@81ou y'+v4/3-7x!\?@e,"5'+$@mnrqb+avde-zyxa9oe3,qlu o@nwz5r-zy .sd/3,2l9\?@8r0pu v(1)-7bc(4defhc!\?omh"5'+ mstd5'q$(6)o  It's probably an easy one to solve. I can give a hint if necessary. • Interestingly, the @ symbols are highly anachronistic. It wasn't until 1971 that it really started being used on any regular basis. Jun 18, 2015 at 19:30 • Is the story needed for solving the puzzle? Jun 19, 2015 at 6:04 • @Eric A Gold code , also known as Gold sequence, is a type of binary sequence, used in telecommunication CDMA and satellite navigation GPS. In line with the question, maybe a lead ? Aug 28, 2015 at 15:57 • @Eric i'm thinking the message may be a python or cjam string. Look at examples Pyth, 40 bytes and further along CJam, 49 bytes. The Gold code doesn't seem to be panning out. (see what i did there?) xD Aug 31, 2015 at 12:44 • Pls give the hint Sep 24, 2015 at 13:43 ## 3 Answers The German and WWII references indicate that the message went through... 1. Enigma machine encryption This online tool is the most straightforward for quickly decoding this puzzle's message. Use G, O, L, D in the "Position" boxes, enter the message in the "Encrypted Text" field, and hit the "Decrypt" button to get .-.. .- - .. - ..- -.. . ----- .-.-.- ..--- ...-- ...-- ....- ..... ----. .-.. --- -. --. .. - ..- -.. . -....- ....- ----. ..... -.... ---.. ----. ...-- ----. I'll see if I can replicate the results using another tool. Then, the telegram reference and the look of the decoded message from the first step has the message's original encryption of... 2. Morse code Translating the result of the first decryption gets LATITUDE0.233459LONGITUDE-49568939 I could've made a mistake in the decryption somewhere, but I think there's a decimal missing in the longitude? Searching the coordinates 0.233459,-49.568939 online gave me a location in or near Canal Perigoso, Brazil. And now the story makes much more sense to me. It is not just for flavour. • And those coordinates are near the mouth of a large river, and that would be a likely place for someone to get yellow fever. Bravo. Nov 24, 2015 at 20:59 • I don't think I would've gotten this if I haven't been trying to solve another crypto puzzle and looking up Enigma Machine variations. Me = :D Nov 24, 2015 at 21:08 • Bravo! I am so pleased. Nov 24, 2015 at 22:30 • This is an amazing find! Looking through the site's code, it uses a fixed set of nonstandard wheels (and no plugboard). I think if you hadn't come across this exact implementation, we never would have solved it; nice detective work! Dec 5, 2015 at 1:55 • Good job @Mythi I have accepted your answer, it is correct Jan 13, 2016 at 14:13 I'm new here, I hope this is the right place to post, since it is more of a possible hint than an answer: The fact that the word GOLD is emphasized in the question caught my attention, and reminded me of "The Gold-Bug", a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, in which the protagonists decipher a secret message to find a treasure buried by a pirate (Coincidence? I think not). The cipher in Poe's novel is a simple substitution cipher that they crack using frequency analysis. Assuming we're faced with a simple substitution cipher here too (which would explain the "It's probably an easy one to solve" line from the author of the question), I tried to brute-force it a little but haven't got enough spare time on my hands to dig further. (A last remark, that may or may not be of use: If the word "GOLD" is part of the clear text, it doesn't matter whether the clear is in English or in German, since it is the same word in the two languages.) • @Bobson mentioned that there are 48 distinct characters, so a simple substitution cipher seems unlikely. I do really like the potential connection with Poe, though. I'll think on that. Nov 24, 2015 at 19:43 WIKI FOR ANALYSIS Character mix and frequency: CHAR ASCII FREQ --------------------- 32 5 ! 33 3 " 34 3$        36      3
'       39      4
(       40      4
)       41      3
+       43      5
,       44      5
-       45      4
.       46      4
/       47      4
0       48      3
1       49      3
2       50      1
3       51      3
4       52      3
5       53      5
6       54      1
7       55      4
8       56      2
9       57      3
?       63      3
@       64      6
\       92      4
a       97      2
b       98      2
c       99      2
d       100     5
e       101     5
f       102     3
h       104     3
j       106     1
l       108     3
m       109     4
n       110     2
o       111     6
p       112     2
q       113     3
r       114     4
s       115     2
t       116     1
u       117     3
v       118     3
w       119     2
x       120     3
y       121     5
z       122     5