## Cryptoku

Anything goes, but keep it seemly...

### Cryptoku

Someone might find this entertaining ...

During the Cold War, some microfilm discovered in a hollow nickel contained a lengthy message encrypted using a "manual cipher" that was never broken. (It was eventually revealed by a spy who defected.) For details see
http://www.fbi.gov/libref/historic/famcases/abel/abel.htm

Here's a simplified recreational version of the part of that cipher that converted letters to decimal digits, as adapted to English (with J=I) and using only the nine digits of Sudoku ...

Code: Select all
9 4 8 7 2 3 6 5 1
-------------------
- | E T A O I N S - -
5 | B C D F G H K L M
1 | P Q R U V W X Y Z

The arrangement of letters and blanks ('-') in the table does not change, whereas the nine-digit heading is the secret key -- some permutation of 123456789 -- that varies from message to message. The two digits on the left always just repeat the rightmost pair of digits in the key.

To encrypt a letter, just replace it by the digit (if any) to its left in the table, followed by the digit directly above it in the heading; e.g., CENTRALPARK --> 54 9 3 4 18 8 55 19 8 18 56 --> 54934188551981856

Decryption works by reversing these steps in the obvious way, first using the "pairing digits" (here 5,1) to group the digits correctly; e.g., 54934188551981856 --> 54 9 3 4 18 8 55 19 8 18 56 --> CENTRALPARK

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To decrypt this message ... 7916984874843635174191375748269378966 ... the key is row three of the solution to this Sudoku ...

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9 4 . | . 2 . | 6 5 .
2 . 1 | . . 4 | . . .
6 . . | . . 1 | . . .
------+-------+------
. 8 . | . . 7 | . . .
. 9 . | . 4 . | . 7 .
. . . | 3 . . | . 4 .
------+-------+------
. . . | 1 . . | . . 7
. . . | 5 . . | 4 . 9
. 1 7 | . 9 . | . 2 6

EDIT: It was by the defection of the spy (Reino Hayhanen) that the encryption method was revealed. (I'd said he was captured.)
Last edited by r.e.s. on Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:39 am, edited 1 time in total.
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THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE.

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MCC wrote:THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE.

Yogi Berra would no doubt agree Also, "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
And then there's Yogi's bifurcation advice for solving Sudokus:
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
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r.e.s. wrote:..."When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

It applies to life as well - you know when you'll need a fork, and if it's your lucky day, you'll find the knife and spoon as well

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