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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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Elementary, my dear …

My list for today Iodine-Sulfur+Americium-Scandium:Phosphorus Iodine-Titanium+Molybdenum+Thorium+Yttrium-Lithium:Helium Praseodymium+Oxygen+Vanadium+Erbium+Boron+Sulfur-Lithium:Aluminum ...
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Absent Employee's Password

You are the boss at an engineering firm. Recently a rather eccentric employee named Mr. Robemer made an abrupt exit when you accused him of devoting his worktime to his hobbies. Robemer stormed out ...
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A Salute to Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Day (which happens to be March 21st - go figure), I have crafted a puzzle which I hope will do a small bit of justice to this day. Carefully hidden in the four sections ...
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Musical Chairs Cipher: Double Trouble

This question is a continuation of the first question: Musical Chairs Cipher. The basic rules: Six children -- Alice, Ben, Carl, Denise, Eddie, and Flo -- are playing a game of musical chairs in ...
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Baby don't hurt me no more

You've been taken captive by a spy organization who seems convinced you're an agent for the other side. You've already spent a miserable day of questioning and torture and have no wish to spend ...
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Musical Chairs Cipher: Intermediate

This question is a continuation of the first question: Musical Chairs Cipher. The basic rules: Six children -- Alice, Ben, Carl, Denise, Eddie, and Flo -- are playing a game of musical chairs in ...
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Musical Chairs Cipher

Six children -- Alice, Ben, Carl, Denise, Eddie, and Flo -- are playing a game of musical chairs in class. On each of the five chairs is written a seven letter word. The children start out in ...
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What characteristics of a ciphertext can be indicators of a particular cipher?

If I have a ciphertext, what information about the probable ciphers used can I infer from the ciphertext itself? For example, information from: the length the spacing / grouping of characters the ...
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Cricket or Cipher?

Congrats Bass for finding the answer of Find this Cricket terminology Find the names of three Cricket stadiums from the below codes: 1. dy30q7i 2. 23jgo36 3. 5y39fqo
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Unsolved Mysteries: D'Agapeyeff cipher

The D'Agapeyeff cipher is an as-yet unbroken cipher that appears in the first edition of "Codes and Ciphers", an elementary book on cryptography published by the cryptographer Alexander D'Agapeyeff in ...
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Where is Steve?

Steve is a modern painter. He and his brother live in England. Today his brother found him missing. He searched everywhere, but couldn't find Steve. But in Steve's room, he found the below painting. ...
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Find my name from this list of symbols

From the symbols below, find my name? # ! # @ * @ & \$ ^ # * # \$ #
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. IX

You are starting to feel a strange affinity towards this mysterious hiker as you head over to (Answer to Part VIII) as per his instruction. As you walk inside, you notice a man standing at the ...
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Some music sheet to decode

Find the word that was encoded in this music sheet: (No instrument is required)
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A married couple

Disclaimer: This puzzle is from a university in Israel, computer science. Its in a real document written in Hebrew so no point in posting it. There is no link to it on the internet. There is a couple ...
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What words Atbash plus Caesar cipher to other words? [closed]

If you Atbash cipher plus Caesar cipher after, you get a new set of ciphers, and I tried 4-letter words for Atbash plus Caesar shift 1 and I got: cams <-> yaoi ghat <-> Utah haji <-> tars ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. VIII

Part VII is still up for grabs! At last! You've solved the mystery of the cards! Now that you've gotten into the hiker's computer in the hotel room, it's time to explore! Good news! There is only ...
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Binary cryptogram from a friend

My friend sent me a "puzzle" in binary, and said that there are multiple steps to solving the puzzle, all of them including decryption. I translated the binary into text and he said that was a good ...
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Pentagon chipher

Please help! Its a swedish scoutcipher.
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Find the celestial body

Last week, a group of 5 astronauts went on a space-tour. They accidentally got crashed on a celestial body in space. Luckily no one was harmed! They were amazed to see some highly intelligent aliens ...
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Beginner CryptoGram - Msgs From Your Puzzle Community

I like simple ciphers. Here is one, no tricks, alpha-numeric substitutions only:
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. VI

The only part that doesn't have an answer yet is Part II! Chop, chop! You finally are able to get out of the airport after quickly solving the mystery. You are becoming quite the detective! Only... ...
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A cipher for people who don't normally enjoy ciphers

I've never been a fan of ciphers/encryption. Truth be told, despite my love of puzzles (and the amount of time I spend here on Puzzling.SE), I'm just no good at them and haven't properly learnt the ...
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Find the cipher used

Each of the following lines were said by various famous personalities. Each line corresponds to one person. There is no relation between these lines. After obtaining the names of these people, A 6 ...
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How can I translate this hexadecimal code?

I've recently gotten into cryptography and found a code which I just have not been able to decrypt. Any help? All I know is its in hexadecimal notation due to the 0x notation. Here it is: ...
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The “Jumbled” Cipher

The elusive "Jumbled" cipher has stumped scientists and cryptographers alike... Not really, but it will stump you soon... The Jumbled Cipher is a mysterious text cipher that puts text into an ...
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A Wacky, Wacky Chessboard (That Makes No Sense)

So yesterday I found this in the mail. A chessboard. But on the squares, things were written. Plaintext version: ...
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History Calls - Twice!

You'd send a letter to me, but I'm not quite what you think. You'd send a letter in me, but only if you didn't know me. I was a gem in my day for being both bold and precise. I stood ...
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Is it a word? Really?

Grandpa says: show that the following number equals a 5 letter word with multiple meanings (one of them not good) I I I X I I X I I X I I I X I I X I I I was wondering if that silly thing ...
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Mutineer's Treasure

Background: Your team has recovered a sunken ship. In the hold there is a small room that appears it was intended as a smuggler's room. In the smuggler's hold are three decayed corpses a bunch of ...
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This is my cipher

Solve the following: Ujlw oz vi ovdwui, Ncep hs ob xuuo, T'yz miamy hfid ujlw, Htu etr sqp eiic. Hint: Hint 2: Hint 2a: Hint 2b: Hint 2c: Hint 2d:
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Help my girlfriend in finding the hidden message

I've been with my girlfriend, who's birth date is 20 February, for almost three years now. I would like to hand her a challenge with a crossword puzzle. (not really a crossword I think, but something ...
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Time for the Dessert!

The answer is one word. Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Creepy video on Youtube, with secret cipher built in

This showed up in r/deepintoyoutube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1ExfbH4Jew I've posted it around, and no one has solved it. I believe it is a cipher for a couple of reasons, at the end 26 ...
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Just a Simple Number Crossword

I made a small number crossword for my mathletes club that I thought I'd share. It's not too hard, I think it's just right for a coffee break. Have fun! (Edit: No answer has a leading zero)
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A letter with no particular backstory

So, I was walking down the street when this paper materialized just in front of me, as if from thin air. I'm not sure if I can decipher it, maybe you can? It also smelled like fish a bit.
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A fun series of riddles!

All of the clues will lead up to the key for a Vigenere Cypher: eutnn wo vvsf. Clue 1 (from www.riddles.com) I'm by nature solitary, scarred by spear and wounded by sword, weary of battle. I ...
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Riddles and ciphers / All good ways to flex the mind / Can you solve my task?

I have arrived new / Here with ciphers for your eyes. / Can you solve this task? ...
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The Third Room of Numbers Dungeon

After being enslaved by the evil Lord Numbers, you have been forced to navigate his treacherous puzzle rooms. After easily defeating the first and second puzzle rooms, you stumble into the third room, ...
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An Aklahp Mystery

You are a detective in the city of Aklahp, which has had some problems with crime in the past. It used to be just simple burglary or breaking an entering, but things have been getting worse recently. ...
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 7)

The wall opened. Cyrus and T.E.D. got out of the room. Suddenly, the passageway started collapsing! Cyrus was terrified. T.E.D. grabbed Cyrus and quickly rolled out of the passageway. They got into ...
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Geography at the pixel level

(enlarged version) The answer is a group of islands.
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How to decipher

I received the following challenge as a homework problem. Not much info is provided with it, except for the word Decrypt! at the end. This problem is online on a password protected school site. So I ...
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Hidden Phrase Within Rant

Foreword: This is a puzzle. I wouldn’t read too much into it… unless it applies to you. Below is not what you might expect from a puzzle. There are no misspelled words, no hidden Morse Codes, no ...
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Can you solve this? Cipher I found

Here is the cipher you need to solve, it is an actual English text: ...
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Find the result of this dual key cipher

I came up with a neat little cipher that I'm calling the dual key cipher. The basic premise is that there are two cipher keys that, when used together can decode the cipher text against a given ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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Detention in 1997

As summer break is coming up, you have started to misbehave in school, getting sent to detention quite often. On June 20th, something interesting happened, and made detention a little more fun. You ...
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 6)

The robot's program started running. It twisted its head, torso, arms and legs. After a few minutes, it stopped twisting and vocalized a few sentences, "Hello master. I am T.E.D. and I am here to ...
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Coordinated efforts

I was showing off my knowledge of obscure geography trivia to my father. He admitted he'd never remember all those details, but insisted that there was a certain other topic where nobody could ever ...