Fun Stuff. The second Fahrenheit 211 Cryptanalysis competition




Do you want to win a Bearded Savage of the Day mug like the one in the pictures above? If so decipher the encrypted text below and email your result to this blog at

All the winning results will be put into a hat and drawn out by an independent person. Winners will be notified by email. Closing date is Victory over European Fascism Day or May the 8th 2014 if you’ve forgotten what that date means.

Here’s the encrypted text that you need to decrypt in order to win.

Sa odwhh zabajz kqn enhwjz, slwpzrzo pda ykop izu xz, sa odwhh becdp kj pda xawydao, sa odwhh becdp kj pda hwjzejc cnkqjzo, odwhh becdp ej pda beahzo wjz ej pda opnaapo, sa odwhh becdp ej pda dehho; sa odwhh jaran oqnnajzan.


This is a much more easy to decrypt text for this competition than the last one I set back in July 2013 which used a complicated double source book code with special modifications which would probably have given GCHQ a headache.


The rules are very much as before and are as follows:

All entries (in plain text not cipher text ) have to be sent in via email to

The Editor’s decision is final.

To class as a winner and go through to a 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 up to 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.






1 Comment on "Fun Stuff. The second Fahrenheit 211 Cryptanalysis competition"

  1. Brian Ford | April 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm |

    (editied) You are correct but please send your entry in via email Fingers crossed, Brian

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