The following message has been encrypted using a total of 6 different methods.
Can you decipher the original message?


Hint for First Step:

Maybe if you dealt with this the way only Siths do

Hint for Second Step:

Now everyone should get close and comfy (this step isn't necessarily an encryption, but needed for the next)

Hint for Third Step:

Thank you for the tea, Dot, but I really must dash now!

Second Hint for the Third Step:

If you inspect the binary, there are either single ones or zeroes, triple ones or zeroes, or 6 zeroes. What could they represent? (I now realise there's a double 1. This was an accident and should be a single 1, but that shifts everything and completely changes it so I'm leaving it)

Hint for Fourth Step:

This one should be easy if you've got this far

Hint for the Fifth Step:

Decay Unluckily

Hint for the Sixth Step:

I'm all in a muddle now!

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Will it be clear after each decryption step that you have made progress? If no where there be any hints? $\endgroup$
    – gabbo1092
    Oct 31 '18 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ No it wont... I will think up some hints that won't completely spoil it... $\endgroup$
    – AHKieran
    Oct 31 '18 at 15:42
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ added hints @gabbo1092 $\endgroup$
    – AHKieran
    Oct 31 '18 at 15:50

Step 1 & 2:

So there are always two Siths, suggesting a conversion of the string to binary and concatenation:

Step 3:

Convert it to morse code. In general, there are 1s making up dashes, and dots, and 0s making up pauses. Normally 3 1's makes a dash, although in one instance there are 2 1's doing this which could mean all kinds of things, but I'm going to assume is a dot (since this makes sense when I get to the end!). This implies the following words: NYNAR ULCB JURYC
The first word could also be NYNAW (if the 2 1s are a dash) or NYNAL (if the 2 1s are two dots), but trust me on this one for now!

Step 4 & 5:

The "obvious" thing to do is a rot13. This makes "ALANE HYPO WHELP". These are all words, and of course, "decay unluckily" probably means rot13 (since 13 is an unlucky number)

Step 6:

An anagram of "ANANE HYPO WHELP" is, of course, "HAPPY HALLOWEEN". So that's the answer

  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done! I thought of that for the first and third but couldn't figure out what to do for the second $\endgroup$
    – gabbo1092
    Oct 31 '18 at 17:00
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Good job so far, your step 3 isn't quite right. I've added an additional hint for you :) $\endgroup$
    – AHKieran
    Oct 31 '18 at 17:00
  • $\begingroup$ If you do that for step 4 then what do you do for step 5? $\endgroup$
    – gabbo1092
    Oct 31 '18 at 17:42
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Use Nynar instead $\endgroup$
    – gabbo1092
    Oct 31 '18 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ also step 3 is binary to morse, step 4 is morse to text (obviously), and step 5 is the rot13. $\endgroup$
    – AHKieran
    Oct 31 '18 at 21:38

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.