Questions tagged [cipher]

A cipher is a simple method of modifying messages to make them unreadable, but still possible to recover. Common ciphers are Caesar, Vigenere, Atbash, and several types of substitution cipher. Other ciphers include polynomial ciphers such as Playfair, Foursquare, etc.

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Three letters, one dial

You, a great scientist, is being held hostage by aliens. They want to test human intelligence and see if the human race is worth to collaborate with. According to the aliens, if you manage to escape ...
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Encoded Morse Code Interception

A message has been intercepted in Morse code coming from one unidentified station to another, but the radio operators couldn't make any sense of it. Later, another message was intercepted. Here are ...
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Zed's Note: Famously Infamous

My friend Al and I constantly bicker. One time, he proudly boasted that he can crack any cipher ever written, so I put out a little wager: if I can stump him with any cipher I write, he would have to ...
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6x7 Pokemon-based cipher

My friend made this cipher for me to solve and it has me stumped. Wondered if anyone else would want to take a crack at it. All it is is this image: Names of the pokemon in order are (assuming I ...
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The Hidden Treasures

Credit: Brandon X. My friend made this riddle and I think it’s pretty well made with lots of components, so here it is: ...
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What is the hidden passcode?

The passcode is hidden in these sequences of numbers. Can you find what it is?
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An enrypted clue for the police

A well known German drug dealer contacted his accomplice with an encrypted note. The police caught the accomplice during a drug deal and found the note in his backpack. Note: (For those who can't ...
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Iceberg Cryptography

See if you can extract the message encrypted in this text box: ...
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Heliocentricity

They approached the man apprehensively. He was aware of their approach, but did not turn to face them. Instead, he kept looking through the window toward the stars. Finally, one of the men gathered ...
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Super Secret Cookbook

You requested the password for a super secret cookbook and received an SMS with the following content: 77733666688833 2555555 777772222337777 2663 777337555222233 84433 6688622337777777 9444844 ...
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The first Density™ Puzzle!

Welcome to the very first puzzle in a new series! It's all about (hopefully) exploring new ways of creating puzzles, as densely as possible. If you'd like to create your own Density™ puzzle, the ...
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Recurring Meeting

The computer scientist's assistant is late at work once again, trying to once again decode their bosses directions for the day. Under meetings, the boss has listed only a single meeting: ...
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The Weird cipher password?

During your search to the ' great hidden computer virus ' , you realized that you are just a password from accessing it. Frantically , you searched for a clue that might help you . At last you ...
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Density type puzzle 2

Here's another puzzle of this type. Perhaps my next one will be complex enough to require the full $72$ x $72$ size. Final answer: (5,2,5)
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Old code for the new year

Here is a question I posted on rec.puzzles back in 1998. So it's about twenty years on, and people seem to have stopped thinking about it. I'll refresh your memory by posting it again: I wrote a ...
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Message for my club members

Two people in particular have come to my Codes and Ciphers Club almost every week. One of them is always expecting a certain message to appear in the weekly puzzles, so of course I can't include it, ...
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Room 213: Because of the Reindeer

Credit: Brandon X. This is part of a larger riddle room puzzle. Other rooms: Room 11 Once you enter the door labeled “3”, the door immediately shuts behind you. You are immediately in a room of ...
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A Cryptic Riddle for Puzzlers

You asked your friend Joe, (whom you know to be avid about cryptography), who he would ask to dance with at Prom and you receive later inside your locker signed by Joe this: Happy as a Lark in a ...
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Cryptic Puzzle for Puzzlers: PART II

You are a cryptanalyst who works for the US Army. You have been intercepting what is believed to be enemy spies' communiques. However, the documents are very normal looking: Good Morning, The lasagna ...
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Where is the girl?

A girl called Claire suddenly disappeared two weeks ago. She left strange notes before she left. Her parents asked everybody to help find their girl. Last diary entries: [12.02.2019] Prep for mom ...
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My Friend in Kanto

I have a friend in Kanto. He sent me a message and told me that he's looking for all sorts of creatures. Included was the following list of descriptions. I know there's a message hidden in there ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery

See Part II | See Part III On a hiking trip, you find a piece of paper on the desk of an abandoned cabin: Also on this desk is an old-fashioned computer that is, unfortunately, password-protected. ...
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What is lost can never be saved

Donnie and Violet are Ivy-League college students, and don't have fancy names or costumes or anything. But they do have superpowers and are attempting to track down and stop whoever is trying to ...
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Cipher: First time

So, this is my first puzzle here and it is a cipher. But it starts with an instructional poem: The cipher below Shouldn't forebode It is but a version Of a known code Start at a place ...
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The Librarian's Labyrinth - Part III

"This Library is HUGE!," You say aloud. You hear your voice echoing through the halls and nothing else. How could this be? Who comes here? You start examining the books on the shelves. It's just your ...
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Questionable Cipher

I have received a rather peculiar cipher and in all my years of crypto, I have never seen a cipher like this. The cipher is Numeric, Uppercase mixed with Lowercase. The only hint I'm given is "Capital ...
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The Grand Grid II

Have a look at the first Grand Grid to get an idea of the basic concept Each Grand Grid involves you discovering clues that allow you to solve a logic grid puzzle. The second in this series will be ...
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%#@& : $!*^ :: SOFT : 5697 :: 8924 :?

If %#@& is coded as $!*^ and SOFT is coded as 5697. ...
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Welcoming Cipher Puzzle

Please leave this puzzle for users with less than 200 rep. Each of the following lines until the last provides a significant clue for solving the next cipher. Letters have a natural order C SEA WRA ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. XVI

It's been a whiiiiiile since we've had one of these! You continue on through the forest and enter the labyrinth, once more. And again, you find a small piece of paper: ...
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Reverse Engineer These Five Ciphers

This is the latest material I have made for my Codes and Ciphers club. It involves showing both the ciphertext and the plaintext for messages using each of five ciphers alongside another ciphertext ...
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How to solve this cipher?

I'm given the cipher ESELUBRKXDBWTHARE and am told that it's a J. Bond quote. The only cryptography techniques I know are caesar ciphers and substitution ciphers. I learnt the vignere cipher after ...
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What is going on? Paintings too?

Part 1: 2 and a half months ago, an old mansion, people are falling sick for no apparent reason. You, a PI, have been dispatched to go and figure out what is happening. It's a snowy day in the middle ...
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Flying pigs arrive

You’ve built pens for flying pigs. Being, well, flying pigs, they pick their own accommodation in full accordance to their preferences. Can you figure out what creature joined them? Pigs only occupy ...
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All Aboard the Factorio Train to Far Harad

It’s been a while since you started up your Factorio game and you are trying to remember what you had done with your four trains. Use the clues below to work out which deposit each train is collecting ...
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Riddle Number Four

Time for a more challenging encryption, seeing how riddle #3 was decrypted so easily. First, I must note that this encryption was inspired during a chess match I partook in. I call it the ENIGMA ...
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Missing number in a 5x5 table

I'm trying to find a solution for the following puzzle. A friend sent it to me and I know that he didn't create it and that's about it for the original source; I tried to find it on the net but I ...
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Phonetic Substitution Cipher

This cipher uses a unique phonetic alphabet. Consonant sounds (not necessarily in the text): m b p f v r l d t s z y n j ch sh zh* w ng g k thin** this** h *Zh refers to the s in conclusion or the ...
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Solve this simple Zipper Cipher

This is a very simple variation on a very simple cipher. I'm sure one of you geniuses on this site will be able to figure it out without any hints (aside from the title). I encourage you to use a ...
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An Autokey Cipher (Now with Added PHP Code)

15.26.32.25.23.25.19.11.5.20.3.3.6.12.0.23.4.8.8.8.25.4.43.32.0.3.7.4.3.11.10.18.35.7.4.8.5.21.1.5.58.13.38.3.2.1.62.2.55.10.4.36.14.2.1.3.9.71.59.2.24.13.79.73.14.10.12.3.3.8.65.77.40.75.7.7.74.42.3....
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How do I answer this?

So, I'm trying to figure out this weird code that was sent from one of my friends. Could someone please tell me the sentence within? 30 30 31 31 30 30 30 30 20 30 30 31 31 30 31 30 31 20 30 30 31 31 ...
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A puzzling nature walk

While wandering through the forest Taking lots of snaps I found a mossy clearing Where my pup could take a nap I glanced around the bushes I heard a rustling sound And there I spied a crumpled note ...
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A journey through letters and numbers

In the year 2407476658354979366708415043923125501315337890943021769230219230892355006879909214795402102204224, as cosmopolitanism is in the air and companies are more than ever bound to ...
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BFTIODFTTWKBCSC

This is my first self-developed cryptographic puzzle. I hope it is neither too hard nor too easy for you to break, and that you enjoy it. Please do not only post the answer, but also your way towards ...
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Peterhead Codes and Ciphers Club: Weekly Challenge II

This is another cipher-based challenge I created for my club. The story you uncover is generated from Crusader Kings II. The events of this challenge precede those of the Reverse Engineering challenge....
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Know your primes

Did you know that a prime, regardless of its base, is always a prime? I am looking for a prime. It’s the largest of its kind. In solving this puzzle, the answer you may find. ...
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code the following word using the sample code logic

Sample apple = btqreqemf mango = ntbreoehp banana = ctbreoebob code: orange = ?
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A trip to the library

I try to go to the library at least once every month, so I've developed a pretty good relationship with the librarian, a nice old man who sometimes teases me about my broad set of interests. Yesterday,...