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stanalger
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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!)
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But how do you get this!?
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So the finale answer is "Friendly Warning"?
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On 2005-06-30 17:03, stanalger wrote:
...42 91 93 72 --- 22 81 63 52? (That's SING SING)

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"?
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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Think of the numbers as a type of co-ordinate
If you put an infinite number of apes in front of an infinite number of computers, you get a pretty good idea of what internet chat rooms can be like
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Actually, "vector" might be a better description
If you put an infinite number of apes in front of an infinite number of computers, you get a pretty good idea of what internet chat rooms can be like
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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

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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)

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"?

Yes, 22 81 63 52 unambiguously decodes to "sing."
That particular number combination can only occur
in an even-position word.

Stan Alger
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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
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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)

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"?

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.
Rob "Riff, the Magical Clown" Eubank aka RiffClown
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