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Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-16, 18:14
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Posted By xilman
It is well-known that engineers can't spell. ...

It is well-known that engineers can't spell. :wink:
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-10, 09:17
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Posted By xilman
Standard arrangement of cryptograms for a very...

Standard arrangement of cryptograms for a very long time.

Telegrams were charged by the word, eventually standardized at five letters. Grouping by fives minimized transmission costs.

Word...
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-09, 18:03
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Posted By xilman
+1

+1
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-09, 17:29
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Posted By xilman
It's a possibility. Unlikely, IMO, given that no...

It's a possibility. Unlikely, IMO, given that no other evidence of such pastimes has survived, but still a possibility.
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-09, 17:12
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Posted By xilman
Just pulled my copy off the self and found two...

Just pulled my copy off the self and found two pieces of paper inside it.

One bears the inscription

77598 20304 36154 618
23624 07167 30814 559
02975 45809 66381 17403 2

and the other
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-09, 17:03
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Posted By xilman
Anyone who is interested solving classical...

Anyone who is interested solving classical cryptographic systems is well advised to get a copy of Helen Gaines' Cryptanalyis. Despite it first being published in 1939 it is still readily available. I...
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-08, 20:58
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Posted By xilman
Such things exist in abbreviations as in world...

Such things exist in abbreviations as in world wide web and American Automobile Association but with the notable exception of the former they are still rare in English text. Even www has become...
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-08, 20:50
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Posted By xilman
The only difficulty was the very small amount of...

The only difficulty was the very small amount of ciphertext presented. The cipher itself was very easy to solve once the glyphs were converted to numbers. It took me perhaps two hours work in total,...
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-08, 20:39
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Posted By xilman
I really don't know what to make of it. My...

I really don't know what to make of it.

My front-runner hypotheses are that it is a clever fake with little or no underlying meaning ,or a text in an invented language.

The relatively common...
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-08, 19:55
Replies: 43
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Posted By xilman
Here's one I solved a month ago. The prize was a...

Here's one I solved a month ago. The prize was a free book just published by the author of the cryptogram

Clue: the solution is a single ten-letter English word.
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-08, 19:27
Replies: 43
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Posted By xilman
My apologies. Edited to blank out the text...

My apologies.

Edited to blank out the text so that those who have not yet seen the solution can try for themselves.
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-08, 19:25
Replies: 43
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Posted By xilman
It's far too easy. If you had written it as ...

It's far too easy.

If you had written it as

ITHWA REERR HNEAY ETVBU ENFRF HHEUO .... AONTH EBSTO

you would have replicated a classical form of a transposition cipher.

That said, not bad...
Forum: Puzzles 2021-10-08, 18:31
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Posted By xilman
... fires where the hills ...

... fires where the hills ...
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