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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The Beale Papers

The background to this one's given here. NB: These may not be a genuine cryptograms (current thinking is that these are gibberish); but I though it interesting to share these in case they're genuine / ...
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Deus Ex crypto puzzle

There is an encrypted email in the recent Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game: From the game files, this appears to be the string: ...
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CSE Hex Cube Puzzle

I've been tackling this puzzle named "Hex Cube" from the CSE (Communications Security Establishment, the Canadian "equivalent" of the NSA) which comes with the instructions: "...
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How would this binary-ish code be translated?

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Crack the pigeon code

Can you crack this message? It was discovered in a chimney in 2012 attached to a carrier pigeon and was most likely sent during the D-day invasions. The GCHQ was not able to crack it, even after ...
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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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An enrypted clue for the police

A well known German drug dealer contacted his accomplice through 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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A Mathematical Cipher [cIosed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. 💡 Want to improve this question? Update the question so it's on-topic for Puzzling Stack Exchange. Closed 1 second ago. ...
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Impossible Cipher v1.0

When I create riddles, ciphers etc.. they seem to get solved within only a couple of days of writing. Well no more! This cipher may not be impossible but is extremely difficult. If left unsolved for ...
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A relatively easy cipher

You are the head of the cryptanalysis department, and you are pretty nervous because you have sent your best field agent, John, who also happens to be a cryptographer in your team, to find out who in ...
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Can you find the cipher that I used?

I have encoded a phrase, using a cipher that I invented. But I don't want you to decode it, rather I want you to figure out how my cipher works. This is the phrase that I encrypted Find the ...
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Grandma's keynote

Found this note which is addressed To my grandma, in her chest Since she's passed now, here's my quest.. What tickled her interest? And who invited her as guest?
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What is the battle?

You wake up in a strange room. No one is there, as far as you can tell. But there are three doors, a piece of paper and a numpad, which is a standard keyboard. (this is N. O. T. a 'what door should ...
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Dead By Daylight

This puzzle is a reference to a game, Dead By Daylight. Though you don't need a knowledge about the game. Consequently, there is no "video-games" tag. Story The Entity wants to have the ...
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An Evil Cartesian Psycho

I came up with this puzzle when I was in high school. There is an island owned by an evil man who keeps some tourists who were visiting the island a few years ago captive. The authorities demanded ...
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Can you get to the final message?

I am unsure of the difficulty of this puzzle, but feel free to give it a try My prefix is almost dissolved My infix is an array My suffix forms nouns of action I am the key t nwl i queyh v Since it'...
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Signatures of serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards?

This is from a real-life murder-mystery. In 2009 Edward Wayne Edwards was arrested and convicted of five murders, following a tip-off from his daughter April. Former detective John A. Cameron ...
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Zed's Order: Breakfast at Elon's

My friend Elon and I constantly irritate each other. He recently built himself a rather respectable restaurant – a sort of bed-&-breakfast, minus the beds. Last week, he asked if I could ...
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Communication via a Rubik's cube

So, I watched The Promised Neverland recently and after exploring a little, I found out that Norman used a 5x5x5 Rubik's cube (aka a professor's cube) to communicate when he was held at the $\Lambda\...
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Zed's Phone: Failure to Communicate

My friend Beto and I constantly buy things for one another. One day, he gave me a strange-looking phone and said it was my birthday gift (My birthday wouldn't be until 3 more months). He said he ...
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What causes these signs to follow this relation?

Can you find why does the below relation hold true? Hint 1 Hint 2
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Can you crack my cipher?

Can you crack this cipher of mine? Each 6×6 box is a word; therefore there are 26 words. All words are English. The text is read left to right, top to bottom. As might be guessed, the 36 squares per 6×...
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Finding Rogue Kitty II

Having been met by a group of very unhappy bosses at Kitty is being 'returned' to the staff car when suddenly there is a commotion and she makes a run for it. As they chase her, little old ladies ...
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Encoded Dreams Cipher

This note was found at the scene of a Parisian artists loft in the 1960's. Sadly, he committed suicide the day before his first major exhibition. Can anyone decrypt his final written words? (It is ...
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Crypto Riddle for a bonus track

here is a crypto riddle a artist named Master Boot Record put on the page of his music. 087 104 101 110 032 116 104 101 032 077 111 111 110 032 119 105 108 108 032 115 104 101 100 032 110 111 032 108 ...
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Number Code - A Visitor by Moonlight

You hear a knock on the door downstairs while you're sleeping. You creep down the stairs by the light of your phone, only to see a shadow exiting through the window. By the moonlight, you see a piece ...
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Zed's E-mail: My Good Ol' Uncle Sugar

My friend Gabby and I constantly look out for each other. Just the other day, she received a strange message from what I thought was an uncle of hers. "Problem is," she started with a ...
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Coloured dot cipher

I, as a curious being, stumbled upon a page which had a hidden dot cipher in it. Part of the console states: [...] we left you a little message in the dots of the footer (Source: segment.com) The ...
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Need help with a cipher

I am trying to figure out a cipher I think I found in a book from 1982 and it's a 36 year old mystery we are trying to solve (I will reveal the book if this turns out to be something so everyone can ...
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Dashed number cipher

74393-493-71335-34393-1-83457102-377-13-57111-40129-3447-1-00-420-50371335-1-93057104-377-13-207-0340-737 Disclaimer: This cipher is not mine, but it was interesting and I managed to solve it. Credit:...
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Again, the scientific one!

I am looking for an answer that consists of two parts(____ ____). The task is to somehow make sense of this word grid below with the help of the clue. Hint Hint2
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%#@& : $!*^ :: SOFT : 5697 :: 8924 :?

If %#@& is coded as $!*^ and SOFT is coded as 5697. ...
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Can anyone decipher this?

My friend just sent me this 5627 4654554 With a keyword of 'Digital' Which is apparently going to make this have some sense: At first, it's difficult to understand. But once you read down, you ...
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The search for dracula - a puzzle

Me and some friends are playing a roleplay about Dracula in the modern age. Last night, we received the following puzzle from the game-master. (7 1 1 1 1) (17 8 8 8 8) (4313 2755) With the ...
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A splash of Minecraft?

I was playing Minecraft the other day and came across a beautiful splash message. Subsequently, I was inspired to create a puzzle for it. Svir, look out below! Shorty's slang stays surprisingly stout....
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Message passed between friends in a library

Mary met her friend Jenny in the library. They gossiped about various things and then each chose a book and went to separate corners of the library and sat down to read. After half an hour Jenny went ...
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Code found written in chalk: "JSMYCTLYCTJCBEXD19"

The code I found on the sidewalk in chalk at my local courthouse is JSMYCTLYCTJCBEXD19 I have had trouble identifying the code type as well as the deciphered message. Any and all suggestions/help ...
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Help With Dan Brown's Unsolved Puzzle

Dan Brown has an unsolved message on his website https://danbrown.com/ There are hidden symbols on 5 JPG images and 5 PNG images that overlay the JPGs. JPG Images: int1.bg.jpg, int2.bg.jpg, int3.bg....
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The cryptic treasure hunt

I created this puzzle. This may be really challenging. But I assure you that there is a solid logic behind. (Note: Questions are cryptic) 1: Ucbemfol.jcancyf 2: Mwamebyr;assdpwhbporcrof; File 3: ...
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The obscure message

I created this puzzle. Find the message. q螣 s䈚 q蟝 v쀎 q蟾 q蠸 q襪 q褰 q弧 q螣 q襪 q蛡 q袈 q蟝 Hint 1: Hint 2: My other puzzles can be found here.
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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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Cipher my friend sent me

"The world is: ::: :#: : ::## :### / :##: ##: #:::" My friend sent me it and said the use of the symbols : and # don't matter. It's the pattern that matters. The hints he sent were: (EDIT) I worked ...
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How to solve this puzzle?

I have solved the sudoku. Scratching my head on the second part. Any hints? It is not picked from any competition. One of my office colleagues usually post these types of puzzles on emails for fun ...
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Encrypted message (unknown algorithm or plaintext)

I've been redirected here for more, or rather more accurate help from the crypto section of stackexchange. Long story short, we have this assignment that is bugging me. We are supposed to be ...
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Binary puzzle in World of Warcraft

I apologize if this isn't appropriate here, but it's been driving me insane. Essentially, a puzzle was recently introduced in the video game World of Warcraft, which no one has been able to solve. ...
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A deciphering riddle

Recently in class a computer science related deciphering riddle was shown which I could not solve. For the course itself it is not obligatory to solve it but I am interested in the topic and I wonder ...
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Please, I don't know greek!

data key result 7, 2, 17, 82, 56 0 ΛΞλν 1, 3, 8, 127, 65, 8 19 εΤψΒΖ 5, 64, 13, 9, 4, 42 7 δδιΡΠ 13, 9, 8, 657, 31, 3, 7, 5 3 ? Hints
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The Last Challenge

This question is a continuation of this one, and you might want to read it if you haven't already. 'Another code-name,' I think. 'There's no way that's his real name'. Nonetheless, I type in '...
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Can you help me recover this message?

So, in May 2018, a friend and I were sitting in study hall, bored. Both of us had finished our homework early, and we were trading ciphers over email. I sent something that I had encoded, and neither ...
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Messages in Space and Time

Throughout my long life, there are a few messages I have heard which have made an impact on my life. Someone recently sent them to me, though I am far from home. However, they coded them first, so it ...