How difficult is this:
I am working on an encoded treasure map, and I need some help in designing it. Specifically, I need to know how hard my first clue is, and or how hard it 'should' be-
You are issued a "map". One side features a "key", the other side features instructions.
The only instructions are:
"sfuil ruatm psaaml ich"
So, what do you do?
If you think you know what the above statement instructs, send me a P.M. Please don't reveal your answer publicly.
The first one to solve this puzzle gets a free print of the whole map, once it is completed.
I have not yet issued enough posts to utilize the forum's P.M. function...
I have received one 'incorrect' answer. I won't embarrass anyone by mentioning their name. I'll just say please try again.
Last edited by King of the Americas; 08-12-2009 at 09:47 PM.
I have still not made "10" posts, so I can't P.M. anyone back.
I have received a second 'incorrect' response
Sorry, please try again.
I just received my third 'incorrect' solution...
Sorry, no one has even gotten close yet.
How many posters/puzzle solvers does this place host?
Who is THE best, and has he/she had a crack at this yet?
I guess I have had answered my first question- This message is hard 'enough'.
Now, is it too hard?
So, I am rather surprised that no one 'here' has managed the correct solution, yet.
Who's the best? Do you guys hold contests?
not trying to wriggle out of it!
Last edited by roaringtwenties; 08-14-2009 at 06:18 AM.
Reason: silly cow meant to instant message instead tiredness!!!!
Alrighty, 20's...are YOU the best decoder here?
Here's what one poster relayed through a P.M.:
"It isn't a Ceasar shift, an atbash, a vigenere with keywords KEY or MAP or NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST or LEGEND. It doesn't have an even number of characters, so playfair and polybius are out. It's not a typing keyboard shift,
It looks close to a railfence or transposition cipher, although the lack of the letter E is strange. Anagramming seems weird. I do see the letters for MAP in there, possibly just a rearranging might do the trick.
I'm trying to make that word psaaml spell PUZZLE, which would be a shift of 0, +2, -1, -1, -1, -7...but why would these numbers be significant..."
I'd remark on these attempts, but I fear that I'd provide too many clues.
Originally Posted by King of the Americas
Best decoder? Nay nay. In my humble opinion I am neither good nor bad. What I do is take a pot shot and pray to that divine essence I may have struck lucky. 'How a peach will bruise if not handled gently'.
Okay, but who IS 'good'...?
Originally Posted by roaringtwenties
I mean the heading above this thread is "User Puzzles and Contests"...
Who has won how many contests?