The Puzzle Cafe is famous for it's delicious parfaits, however, they come with a catch. To eat each layer, you have to solve the puzzle in the layer before it! After hearing all the rave reviews, I have to try one for myself, but the puzzles have me stumped!

Use the first layer as a key to solve the second layer, which can then be used to solve the puzzle.

First Layer:

NO = 2

YOU = 6

IRE = 3



Second Layer:





d j j k p x g g w s u t z g s c g x k o j


There are a lot of board games lying around the cafe...

(Google is necessary)

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    $\begingroup$ Is NO = 14 supposed to be NO = 2? $\endgroup$
    – KoA
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ If this is what I think it is, YOU and ABACUS are also wrong. $\endgroup$
    – KoA
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 23:45

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It seems that the solution has something to do with


Which is supported by the first and second hints, as

In scrabble, certain letters are worth certain points: Q = 10, Z = 10, A = 1, K = 5

'First Layer'

Every word is equal to its score in Scrabble. For example, ABACUS = 1 + 3 + 1 + 3 + 1 + 1 = 10

'Second Layer'

Using the same strategy, JILL = 11, LIE = 3 and BALL = 6


Turning the numbers from the second layer into the letters "KCF" and using that as a key for the Vigenére cipher on the puzzle, we get "The answer is open sesame".

  • $\begingroup$ You're right about the scrabble part, I just accidentally messed up the word scores in the first layer. They're fixed now. $\endgroup$
    – Yllrauei
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 23:48
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, it turns out I was using a 'Words With Friends' letter score table so the whole thing had to be fixed. $\endgroup$
    – Yllrauei
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 23:58

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