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Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:53 pm

A little bored today, so thought a puzzle was in order.

In the image below is a hidden message that you need to discover. That's all. Have fun. :-)

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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby SQLDenis on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:28 pm

a hint please
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:51 pm

OK, here's your first:

tip #1:
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby chrissie1 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:01 pm

It's tommorow and we need another tip.

I opened the file in notepad BTW and found a few things but that's probably not what you are looking for.
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:28 pm

OK, tip #2:

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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby SQLDenis on Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:35 pm

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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby chrissie1 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:41 pm



That doesn't help much since it has no numbers. could be ASCII though.

This is going to take a while to solve I sense.
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:47 pm

As another teaser/hint - there are 3 levels to the puzzle, each step unlocks access to the next and uses a different (simple) technique to hide it's information - the goal is to find a short, well known(ish) phrase that'll declare the winner. I guess chrissie and Denis are at stage two :-)

@Denis - interesting table, maybe I will use that technique next time, though you're definitely thinking in the right direction :-)
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby chrissie1 on Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:28 am

Am I correct in saying that the 0-9a-z means we have to make a grid with the characheters 0 to 9 and a-z and then do the hiedenberg thing? But to be honest that doesn't make sense either.


BTW: next time you get bored go play pingpong or something ;-)
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:56 am

chrissie1 wrote:BTW: next time you get bored go play pingpong or something ;-)

:-)

The Heidenberg reference was for the first stage (I cross posted and missed your's initially), which I assume you're passed. Here's a tip for stage 2:

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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:03 am

Do you need another hint for the second stage?
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby chrissie1 on Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:01 am

I think I need a lot more hints ;-)
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:39 pm

tip #4:

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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby SQLDenis on Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:06 pm

damber wrote:tip #4:

Code is hidden, SHOW
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:41 pm

@Denis:

Oops, I thought you were already at stage two.

here is a massive hint to get passed the first stage - it's kind of a spoiler for the first part, so only look if you're really stuck:

tip #5:
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby chrissie1 on Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:59 am

aha
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:42 pm

I guess no-one has cracked it yet... :-(

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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby Chopstik on Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:30 pm

damber wrote:I guess no-one has cracked it yet... :-(

Do you need more hints?

Yes, please. Though I have to tell you this is too much like math - which I hated... :o
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby Kermit on Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:23 pm

stuff like this makes me feel dumbrs
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby Thirster42 on Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:21 pm

*is waiting for the answer*
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:10 pm

OK, first a roundup of the hints so far.

There are 3 levels to the puzzle, each step unlocks access to the next and uses a different (simple) technique to hide it's information - the goal is to find a short, well known(ish) phrase that'll declare the winner.

STAGE 1
Hint 1.1:
Code is hidden, SHOW


Hint 1.2:
Code is hidden, SHOW


Hint 1.3:


STAGE 2:
Hint 2.1:
Code is hidden, SHOW


Hint 2.2:
Code is hidden, SHOW



Now for the next hint (for stage 2)

Hint 2.3:
Code is hidden, SHOW


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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby chrissie1 on Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:39 pm

ok specific is 0-9A-Z the cipher for both files? Do I have to write a program to use that cipher?
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby damber on Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:06 pm

Code is hidden, SHOW
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby chrissie1 on Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:56 am

Ok, since I think this will be a group effort I won't hide anything.

I looked up substitution ciphers and I think the key is agdkwp5 which would mean that the alpabet becomes agdkwp5012346789bc... but that doesn't make sense.

looking at the two first words that would make "vias, viel" which makes no sense at all.

so should I have 0123456789abcdef... ?
am I on the right track for the cipher?
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Re: Code for the Cracking

Postby Thirster42 on Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:42 pm

chrissie1 wrote:Ok, since I think this will be a group effort I won't hide anything.

I looked up substitution ciphers and I think the key is agdkwp5 which would mean that the alpabet becomes agdkwp5012346789bc... but that doesn't make sense.

looking at the two first words that would make "vias, viel" which makes no sense at all.

so should I have 0123456789abcdef... ?
am I on the right track for the cipher?


could the key be less.than.dot?
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