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Topic: Cut the red wire! No, cut the blue wire (Copycat bomber)
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 29, 2005 06:54PM)
Suddenly, the screen flashes, "You got on but there is another a back up bomb. Try this own for size. TICK TICK


with a new crytic clue, It's again 2 lines of text

HOPE YOU READ LEFT TO RIGHT, OTHERWISE IT'LL BE A VERY SHORT NIGHT

62 51 91 41 93 52 -2 71 --- 21 12 41 63 81 63 52
Message: Posted by: dr chutney (Jun 30, 2005 02:29AM)
Drats. An imposter trying to muscle in on my cryptic detonation turf. I must thwart this upstart. But how? A fiendish code to crack. Gadzooks, this is a tough one. There will be precious little evil doings today until this is cracked!
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 02:39AM)
This is a hard one.
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 30, 2005 05:39AM)
To the left is left and right is right.

that's all the clue you get tonight
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 12:49PM)
Will the answer be word, numbers, or both?
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 30, 2005 01:11PM)
Two numbers are a letter and words come from those
Left to right and just the nose knows
Two words are correct, all others are not
Type in the wrong two and you'll be in a spot

:evil: 63 01 -1 71 34 12 51 :evil:

CORRECTED :D
63 01 -1 71 33 12 51
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 30, 2005 01:26PM)
Between the evil frowning "smilies", I see a 34.
Is this a typo?
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 01:29PM)
Okay thank you.
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 30, 2005 01:35PM)
[quote]
On 2005-06-30 14:26, stanalger wrote:
Between the evil frowning "smilies", I see a 34.
Is this a typo?
[/quote]

Yes it should be 33 and asking that question tells me you probably have it.. :)
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 01:40PM)
L-------------------------T----------I------N------N
62 51 91 41 93 52 -2 71 --- 21 12 41 63 81 63 52?

am I on the right track?
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 30, 2005 01:43PM)
Not Quite
Remember First is left and then is right
Otherwise, KABOOM! tonight!!
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 02:00PM)
What if "only the nose knows" and "left to right" lead to a code word that is 7 letters long and goes with the numbers between the not-so-happy faces. nose-scent-scenters-centers? But that's neither left or right.
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 30, 2005 02:06PM)
You're trying too hard. It's easier than that
Just look at your keyboard, signed
:evil:63 01 -1 71 33 12 51 :evil:
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 02:13PM)
To hard for me. I'm not very good at this stuff. Stan, you can have it.
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 30, 2005 02:23PM)
61 82 32 93 02---61 91 71
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 30, 2005 02:26PM)
You've got it!!!! :) Would you like to share the answer and explanation?
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 02:38PM)
YES!
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 30, 2005 02:45PM)
[quote]
On 2005-06-30 15:23, stanalger wrote:
61 82 32 93 02---61 91 71
[/quote]

Says, "Thank You"
Message: Posted by: dr chutney (Jun 30, 2005 03:55PM)
42 61 01 93 41 --- 73 31 !!!
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 03:57PM)
Can someone please explain?
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jun 30, 2005 04:03PM)
Can't we round-up all these mad bombers and send them to
42 91 93 72 --- 22 81 63 52?
(That's SING SING!)
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 04:06PM)
But how do you get this!?
Message: Posted by: blazes816 (Jun 30, 2005 07:05PM)
So the finale answer is "Friendly Warning"?
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jul 1, 2005 07:40AM)
[quote]
On 2005-06-30 17:03, stanalger wrote:
...42 91 93 72 --- 22 81 63 52? (That's SING SING)
[/quote]
Interesting to have a code that appears to have the digits changing for the same characters. How does one interpret a message missing it's start then?

i.e. does 22 81 63 52 decode to "sing"?
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jul 1, 2005 09:34AM)
Think of the numbers as a type of co-ordinate
Message: Posted by: Stephen Buxton (Jul 1, 2005 09:59AM)
Actually, "vector" might be a better description
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jul 1, 2005 10:13AM)
Two (yep, two!) encodings are possible for every word,
depending on the word's position in the message.

So...taken out of context, a ciphertext word
could have two possible decodings.

For example:
52 91 41 61 could, depending on its position in the message,
represent the word DIET or the word GORY.

01 81 63 82 could represent OUCH or PINK.

And the first three words of this post (ignoring punctuation)
would encode as
61 31 01
61 31 01
61 31 01

Stan Alger
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jul 1, 2005 10:19AM)
[quote]
On 2005-07-01 08:40, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
[quote]
On 2005-06-30 17:03, stanalger wrote:
...42 91 93 72 --- 22 81 63 52? (That's SING SING)
[/quote]
Interesting to have a code that appears to have the digits changing for the same characters. How does one interpret a message missing it's start then?

i.e. does 22 81 63 52 decode to "sing"?
[/quote]
Yes, 22 81 63 52 unambiguously decodes to "sing."
That particular number combination can only occur
in an even-position word.

Stan Alger
Message: Posted by: stanalger (Jul 1, 2005 10:31AM)
I wrote:
"So...taken out of context, a ciphertext word
could have two possible decodings."

I should have written "And" instead of "So."

Stan Alger
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jul 3, 2005 11:09PM)
[quote]
On 2005-07-01 08:40, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
[quote]
On 2005-06-30 17:03, stanalger wrote:
...42 91 93 72 --- 22 81 63 52? (That's SING SING)
[/quote]
Interesting to have a code that appears to have the digits changing for the same characters. How does one interpret a message missing it's start then?

i.e. does 22 81 63 52 decode to "sing"?
[/quote]
That makes for a harder code to break. Otherwise, most simple replacement codes can be deduced simply by assigning letters according to common frequency and position.