Month: December 2017

Challenge 14: What Futility

Here’s Challenge #14 for December 5, 2017.

Perhaps nothing really matters, but don’t give up hope on this cipher. The method was first used by a political group in the late 1800s to organize terrorism against a regime.

Here’s the ciphertext:

35567034476476485766664594664748705756684736670957649465665776352458564548986557663558749844657733573488382658733566873446583445577738269437474486344658663936896644865435579738476474575780564754567565096456543367648945287773756689444577435834707447854565489865576635395407572476335738703428564358340957349555584888574666443944983437583745467654647645656476662467374744867728545539367057345455587478345685745757805647946478747064456763676686484756473664783428943357387936367743676770363654377546765436946658367074248673676570344677433875884624666467440634268634754767744764377574075636545436348964475476

Hints:

  1. No J.
  2. There is a keyword, and there is a key. Both are last names. One is a real person. The other is a fictional character.
  3. How well do you know your classic Russian literature? I’m thinking of a particular book that popularized a term used in the cipher type’s name.

With CodeAWeek.com, 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 codemaster@codeaweek.com. 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 codemaster@codeaweek.com.

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