So, one of my friends is a teacher, and, for one of their recent assignments, one of the teacher's students turned in this:














What should my grade be?

The teacher has no idea what this could possibly mean. Do you?

Note: A couple rules.

  1. You don't need to brute-force the ciphers. Any keys or information required to decode them will be given. I will not accept an answer that has decoded a cipher with brute force.

  2. The answer is an answer to the question posed at the bottom of the paper. A correct solution will include every step of the way required to solve the puzzle. (This is a multi-step puzzle, if you can't tell.)

  3. Hints will be added every once in a while.

Hint #1:

There are two possible places you can start in.

Hint #2 (may require the solving of a puzzle to understand)

convert the + to what it means and try vigenere

also, convert any numbers you may have into words as well

Good luck!

  • $\begingroup$ Any keys or information required to decode them will be given.. do you mean you still have to give those things? $\endgroup$ – Naeem Shaikh Oct 19 '18 at 12:33
  • $\begingroup$ @NaeemShaikh they will be revealed via another puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Excited Raichu Oct 19 '18 at 12:36
  • $\begingroup$ Also I think if no-bruteforce is a rule, we will be needing some useful hints! $\endgroup$ – Naeem Shaikh Oct 19 '18 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ not everything is a cipher... $\endgroup$ – Excited Raichu Oct 19 '18 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ Another puzzle? Do you mean that this puzzle, as it currently stands, is not solvable? Naeem, there are a couple of things in the mysterious text that are somewhat more approachable than the random-looking letters. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 19 '18 at 13:01

Partial Answer:


is the melody of the ABC song or Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars if you substitute 1=do, 2=re, 3=mi, etc.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! I would have never gotten that. Maybe TWINKLETWINKLELITTLESTAR or ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ is the key to something else. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Oct 20 '18 at 19:14

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