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.

12 comments:

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

    peace

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

    A hole for the third one, definitely

    The fourth is time.

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

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    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...

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

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    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.

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

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  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
    -Cage

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  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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