# Thread: A Bewitching Puzzle

1. ## A Bewitching Puzzle

I was watching reruns of one of my favorite TV shows, and during the commercials I put this little puzzle together.

2. So is it yay or nay for the group process on this one corgi?

3. i do hope you guys work together on this one. the only problem i can see is that i don't get to work on it too, cause it does look like fun

4. Originally Posted by corgipower
i do hope you guys work together on this one. the only problem i can see is that i don't get to work on it too, cause it does look like fun

Yes, but I get to play this one.

So, I'll go first:

Charmed, all about the power of three. So Trifid cipher seems like a good bet. Those "." seem to confirm that; they are one of the choices of character to fill the 27th spot.

5. 93 characters. 35, 3, 23, 32.
93 = 3 x 31.

One triple: www
One double: ii

Not a Caesar shift, but that was only to be expected.

6. Originally Posted by knocka
93 characters. 35, 3, 23, 32.
93 = 3 x 31.
OR (counting the dots as characters)
96 characters: 36, 4, 24, 32

96 = 3 x 32 = 3 x 2 x 16 = 3 x 2 x 2 x 8 = 3 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 4
= 3 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2

7. Charmed - the power of three.
corgipower - the power of dog?
Second line kal. - dog?

Charmed: names of sisters all began with P
(Prue), Piper, Phoebe, Paige
Nightclub - P3

P is the 16th letters of the alphabet. Fits with 96 = 16 x 6.

The triquetra is the design on the "Book of Shadows". Triquetra means three-cornered. Threes will probably be important in finding answers.

There may be three different techniques or steps before finding the final solution.

I've looked up the Trifid cipher - never used it before - and on first look I wouldn't know where to start. It uses a random alphabetic arrangement on three 3x3's. It's the "random" alphabetic arrangement that is daunting. maybe there is a way to work out what arrangement might have been used.

8. Originally Posted by knocka
There may be three different techniques or steps before finding the final solution.
Yes, I'm worried about that. What if third times the charm? I'd hate to have to run all that through a trifid 3 times

Originally Posted by knocka
I've looked up the Trifid cipher - never used it before - and on first look I wouldn't know where to start. It uses a random alphabetic arrangement on three 3x3's. It's the "random" alphabetic arrangement that is daunting. maybe there is a way to work out what arrangement might have been used.
For a simple trifid example, moscow posted this geocache puzzle:
Code:
```nyduasbcosnhxyh.l.eaigabcqwhxurm
hwqtlkpk.wkxnvemomqzeibpk.jxnwnh
nlyuzuqwecnzjknpekfw.fwqweyzjknfw```
Run it through the decoder here:
http://www.braingle.com/brainteasers/codes/trifid.php

Trifids don't necessarily have a random alphabet (as seen by that example). But they can have a keyword reordered alphabet. But even if we have the correct keyword, it then makes a difference as to whether corgi is a layer, column, row or a layer, row, column person.

9. ## Lines rewritten in threes

Originally Posted by sslug
Charmed, all about the power of three. So Trifid cipher seems like a good bet. Those "." seem to confirm that; they are one of the choices of character to fill the 27th spot.
The "."s occur at the end of just the first three lines and not at the end of the fourth which supports the idea that they are the 27th character.

Rewriting the lines in threes - reading down each column:

a m h w l x p t w p r e k . s s s x s h z . g i a k w t d n m x
c w d w a i w q f q f y a a y k l z w k r e s b e k p v e h q g
l i i w j r s m i u n . l k j e h l s c x j i c f h d i a f p z

10. I ran those three lines of letters through the Trifid decoder. The first 4 letters were DIAL, but the rest did not make sense.

Have you tried the letters in their original order?