# Find the secret message

The word under secret means something. What does it mean? (Find the secret message.)

• The puzzle is good (+1 from me), but the presentation could be a bit better. It actually turned me away from it at first glance. Maybe it is worth spending a bit more time on creating the images for puzzles... Jan 8, 2015 at 11:14
• It would be arguably easier for me to make "nicer looking" images but I like imagining the scenario of a "childish" image hanging on a popular wall where no one pays attention to it, yet it contains the secret to a treasure. I see your point though and will consider making some polished image puzzles in the future. Jan 8, 2015 at 17:14

The solution is:

gibberish

These were my steps to find the answer - first, I:

Got the RGB ASCII values for every color.
These were, For the word secret:
31 41 59, 26 53 58, 97 93 23, 84 62 64, 33 83 27, 13 37 0
For the text at the bottom:
22 9 7 5 14 5 18 5 20 (Only the 'red' bit of the color had a value other than zero).

Then, by realizing that:

The numbers for the top section correspond to the value of PI

And that:

The numbers 22 9 7 5 14 5 18 5 20 when turned into letters, A=1, Z=26 correspond to VIGENERE(T)

You find that:

That vqqjtzxaw decoded via the Vigenere cipher with a key of PI yields gibberish.

• Wow that was fast, now I know I can make them less obvious. I was going to do something with the last letter (the 13 37 0 aren't pi) but thought it'd be getting too hard. I left the extra "T" though to "disguise" the cipher name. Jan 8, 2015 at 4:00
• 90 mins... that was relatively quick... +1! May 14, 2019 at 14:03