Sunday, April 1, 2012

Riddles for a Fool

Okay, so I think, with the help of an anonymous tip, possibly from whoever's writing these messages, I've figured out the code being used in the messages. Uh, well, I actually think it's a cipher though I'm not sure on the difference.

It's called a Vigenère cipher. I don't know how it works and I'm not too concerned about learning, what's important is that each coded message needs a keyword to unlock. I've figured out the keywords for the four messages I've received so far and they all decode to make riddles;

"What has existed for a million years but is never more than a month old?"

"What goes up but never comes down?"

"It cannot be seen, it weighs nothing, but when put into a barrel, it makes it lighter. What is it?"

"Until I am measured, I am not known, yet how you miss me when I've flown."

Okay, I figured out the code, can I get a hand with the riddles? I've never been very good at them.


  1. I got one of these for you, #3 is 'a hole'


  2. The moon, for the first one, I think

    A hole for the third one, definitely

    The fourth is time.

    1. Ah, okay, those all make sense. That just leaves the second. Thanks, Elaine.

    2. No problem. Em loves that sort of thing. I've gotten reasonably good at them. If she were with me I'd ask her to help with the second one...

  3. Replies
    1. For number two? Sounds right but, like I said, I'm terrible at riddles.

    2. I'm also terrible at them... hence my reservations with the question mark. But I know I've heard that one before and I'm near certain that was the correct answer.

    3. I'll take your word for it, thanks.

  4. See this is what I get for not checking the blogs frequently enough. Not only do you figure out the code without my help, you even get the riddles solved a day before I can comment. Oh well, less work for me I suppose.

    See you around

  5. Good to see that you've figured out the codes, Mr McBride. Hopefully this mystery person will soon reveal his motive for the riddles and codes and secrecy and whatnot.

    - DJ

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