It’s time for another bit of fun with a further cryptanalysis competition. The prize is one of this blog’s handsome mugs, like the one below.
All you have to do is to decrypt the ciphertext below and send in your decrypted text via email to the blog, where a winner will be picked at random from all the correct entries. This competition is a bit more of a brain teaser than previous ones as it’s not quite as simple as a mere Ceasar shift cipher but a lot less complex or unbreakable than a one time pad system. As this is quite a difficult crypto comp this time I feel it’s only fair that I give readers a couple of clues. Firstly the crypto system is a triple source manual book code system and secondly the plain text is a section from some well known literature in English
You can find the rules for this competition below the ciphertext.
Good luck and remember the closing date for this one is the 25th January 2017.
1285234 253513 34422 1364144
253411 2372222 385128 3118115 137815
125529 1375216 368122 37126 249925
313211 356127 255815 36415 1282113
1375216 329127 3851258 232523
136412 1362237 310616 36527
331213 2561216 2435113
249925 2314226 382223 1254253
330115 36421 244611 250922 2554214
253513 2354217 249925 1287128 1293143
325231 1287128 2436116 241113 2373117
384213 32813 125124
3105216 3118215 3118122 2298213
1363110 255916 1320134 365114
325231 240510 311818 2432214 1257239
3133112 326121 1354234
1362237 2388212 2561216 2551212 2551112
3102211 235129 1297147 126625
Here’s the Rules
Closing date for the competition will be January 25th 2017
All entries (in plain text) have to be sent in via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Editor’s decision is final.
To class as a winner and go through to the draw all entries must be at least 90% (based on the number of words in the original piece) correct after decryption
The draw will be made by a person not connected with the running or organisation of the Fahrenheit211 blog
The draw will be witnessed
Employees and relatives of employees of the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham are barred from entry on the grounds that their computers and decryption knowledge would give them an unfair advantage over the normal person,
Nobody associated with the running of the Fahrenheit211 blog is allowed to enter
The draw will be made one week after the closing date of the competition
The draw will be made as follows: All winning entries will be numbered and the numbers will then be placed in a box to be drawn by someone not connected with the Fahrenheit211 blog.
The prize is as advertised and no alternative prize can be offered or given
There will be one prize and one prize only.