Challenge 13: Fractionating

Update 2018-01-05: Euchre Mutt is on fire! He’s solved two CodeAWeek puzzles in two days, giving him a very comfortable lead on our High Score list. This challenge remained unsolved for 45 days, which means he is awarded 45 points. To see the solution, go here.

Here’s Challenge #13 for November 21, 2017.

Today, I wanted to learn about ciphers that use fractionation. I decided on a method created by a French amateur cryptographer who spent his days in working in a customs warehouse.

Three hints:

  1. J=I
  2. You need to figure out the keyword and the period.
  3. “Now Morn her rosie steps in th’ Eastern Clime, Advancing, sow’d the earth with Orient Pearle.”

And the ciphertext is:

xmwuv hnmhv hderq
tbkht newsv hnmhv
fpeks ngifq rlqv

With, I hope to release one cipher, puzzle, or mystery each week. Anyone can attempt to solve. The winner is the first person to send a correct solution and a description of the solve method to Once a correct solution is e-mailed, I will publish a follow-up post, congratulating the winner and revealing the secrets of the code.

You may post questions or theories in the comments, but DO NOT POST SOLUTIONS. E-mail them to

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