# Thread: Can you solve this puzzle?

1. Originally Posted by gabi
It looks like the Count figured out what to do next

LOL, too easy of a hint when one hasn't had a chance to really play with it yet.

I've been organizing the Lexington pics; still need to write the narrative.
Y'all want a sneak peek?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/s-slug/...7600560974193/

2. congrats on solving the puzzle sluggy and some great pics. i look forward to looking at them more closely when i have the time.

3. Brady solved it too, congratulations!! (I told you, you could )

Is anybody else still trying? I have another small puzzle almost ready, but I think I will wait until Monday so those who are working on this one have time to finish.

4. And Wilhouse just joined the group of solvers! Congratulations!!

6. This is how this puzzle was solved:

The first step consists on a caesar shift (when in Rome...) that gives:
YOUHAVESOLVEDTHEFIRSTSTEP
KEEPWORKINGWITHTHEFOLLOWING
CIPHERTEXTSLIGMFRTSZQTENGBOL
GMBRETGCUNAQCEIPEPZSCMSEMOTD
OVEGHGKINWKHYKPFTOFSOEDRED
MRBVACEFWCFUCTTROPQCWTSVFLI

So discarding the legible text it leaves the ciphertext for the second step. If you count the letters you will notice that there are 121, a square number. Place the text in a 11x11 and read the columns:

steptwocompletedkeepgoing
pohdfqeoggczvyrwczvmbuse
kecwcsfoncgpdftaarlamhfmus
ditgqsgtrcvqmsmcekobtfhzzb
emifvtlcyqrionsariep

So, let's keep going. Now it is time to apply a Vigenere cipher using the keyword obtained from the images around the original cipher text. The keyword was hidden in form of morse code and was RANDOM.

The text obtanined after the Vigenere says:

Youarenotdoneyetonemoresteptogo
yqnkbyftqzmyqarfiqxqhqefabbaefqd

And that last step to go was a new Caesar Shift:

congratulationsforgettingheresendmebypmthenameoftw elevestopposter

congratulations for getting here send me by pm the name of tweleves top poster

As of right now (and the same was true when I wrote the puzzle) the top poster was cthree, and that was the answer I was looking for.

7. Thanks for the puzzle Gabi. I got stuck on the 11x11, but once I got pushed in the right direction I figured it all out! It was fun

wilhouse

8. Getting the hang of it. Copper
Join Date
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congrats on solving the puzzle sluggy