Brain Teasers Optical Illusions Puzzle Hunts Codes & Ciphers Mechanical Puzzles
Personal Links
Browse Teasers
Search Teasers

Just Enough Time to Deliver the Message

In Cryptography teasers, a phrase or expressions has been encoded in some way (frequently by replacing letters with other letters). You need to figure out the encoding method and then decode the message to find the answer.


Puzzle ID:#24001
Fun:**** (3.12)
Difficulty:*** (2.47)
Submitted By:Swordoffury1392*us******




Justin Case and Auntie Bellum are fellow con artists who deliver coded messages to each other to communicate. Recently Auntie Bellum was put in jail for stealing a rare and expensive diamond. Only a few days after this, Justin Case sent her a friendly letter asking her how she was. On the inside of the envelope of the letter, he hid a code. Yesterday, Auntie Bellum escaped and left the envelope and the letter inside the jail cell. The police did some research and found the code on the inside of the envelope, but they haven't been able to crack it. Could you help the police find out what the message is?

This is the code:


The message was "loose bricks in left wall." The message was put backward with words related to time in between.

This is how the message looks when separated:
ll watch awtfe clock lnisk sundial cirbe timer sool

If you take out watch, clock, sundial, and timer, this is what is left:

Look at this backwards and this is what you have:
loose bricks in left wall

Auntie Bellum took out the bricks and escaped in the night. Then, she put the bricks back where they were.


What Next?


See another brain teaser just like this one...

Or, just get a random brain teaser

If you become a registered user you can vote on this brain teaser, keep track of
which ones you have seen, and even make your own.



Jun 25, 2005

Very good teaser. You almost got me but I figured it out just before I hit the answer!
Jun 25, 2005

Hope you like my newest teaser!
Jun 26, 2005

you had me baffled! Good job... I really enjoyed this teaser
Jun 30, 2005

I was on the right tracks. I noticed there were clocks and sundials etc. hidden but i didn't think about reading the message backwards. great teaser. I'll add it to my favs.
Jul 04, 2005

awesome teaser
Jul 07, 2005

great teaser.... i was way off i thought that it had something to do with time because i saw the words in there but you got me... good one!
Jul 08, 2005

Wasnt Really That Hard, And I Dont Suppose You To Much Time In the story Line, The mix words can be harder but you still put creative in it am not gonna be a credict, so i still give a god job and Decently Hard For People Who Dont Understand Minor Codeing.
Jul 09, 2005

yay i got it! well, i looked at the hint but that's understandable, right...?
Jul 10, 2005

have to say that was an intriguing one. Nice.
Jul 12, 2005

i liked it, i thought it had something to do with time, and then i looked at the hint, and yeah but i didnt get it. just thought it had to do with time. but good one.
Jul 13, 2005

I knew that there was something to do with time, but I didn't now that the message was spelled backwards. Great Job!
Jul 26, 2005

All I was seeing was words thats related to timepieces, I was clueless as to anything being stuck in there bacwards.
Jul 26, 2005

ditto tigger
Jul 26, 2005

Thoug this kind of teasers are difficult for me to "crack", I enjoy them. I like short stories.This is a good one. quack - quack
Jul 26, 2005

Jul 26, 2005

I need help just figuring out Frost1 250's comment!

Really good teaser, Nancy Drew would be proud of you!
Jul 26, 2005

That was a really awesome teaser!
Jul 26, 2005

That was a great one! Like most other people, I did see the "time" words in there -- but I didn't think to take them out or read the message backwards.

This one's definitely in my favorites!
Jul 26, 2005

wow that was hard, I only got the time words
Jul 26, 2005

Thanks everybody for the positive feedback.
Jul 26, 2005

Man, that was hard. I wouldn't have gotten it in a million years. Keep em comin'.
Jul 26, 2005

Very good teaser!! However, I didn't get the answer right.
Jul 26, 2005

Very good teaser! And difficult!
Jul 26, 2005

Very good teaser! And difficult!
Jul 26, 2005

It was ok.
Jul 26, 2005

whoa that was too hard i gave up on it.... but it was good...
Jul 26, 2005

Swordoffury, I loved this. Didn't get anything but the time words, but I enjoy them even more when I see how obvious the answers are and I'm clueless..
(user deleted)
Jul 26, 2005

it was
Jul 27, 2005

All I could see was watch, clock, sundial, and time.
Jul 27, 2005

Jul 27, 2005

Aug 04, 2005

Very good teaser!!! I loved it!
Aug 18, 2005

Ok mr. tough guy, lets see if you can decode this !

svafsecondymonthotweekseogcenturyenoyearsihtdecade bojhourtnellecxe

a bit easier that yours, you must addmit
Aug 19, 2005

Excellent job this one goes to my favs.

Thanks smarty blondy (and everyone else)! Happy that you liked it.
Aug 29, 2005

I know this is totally late, but I had to leave my bragging on here for posterity. I GOT IT!!! On the first try, too!
I don't know what clicked in my head, but I thought, "What if I ignore the obvious words?" Wrote it out, started crossing out the words I could see, and almost got stuck on "timer" (couldn't decide if it was "time" or "timer").
Then I looked at what was left and at first, I thought I was going to have to find more words to cross out, but then it just popped out at me.
When I saw that I got it right, I thought about how the police in the story were pretty lame if I could figure it out and their crack team of experts couldn't!
Great teaser! Another great addition to my faves list!
Sep 03, 2005

smartyblondy, you need another m...ymmonth
Oct 11, 2005

the puzzle was lots of fun thanks ilike reading the comments & have to agree with redneck woman.what was that???
Oct 27, 2005

This was fun even if i did get stuck on the obvious
Jan 03, 2006

I didn't get it, but it was still fun!
Feb 18, 2006

THAT WUZ AWESOME! Great job! Definitely going in my faves!
Feb 20, 2006

Jun 07, 2006

Easy, but as usual, clever & nicely done.
Jun 20, 2006

easy but good
Jul 26, 2006

I tried this once 'South of the border', used reversed masonry to get out of my cell, but just ended up butt backwards in front of a firing squad. Fun teaser.
Jul 26, 2006

Lots of fun and very clever! I agree with redneckwoman. It read like something out of Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Thanks for submitting. PS: You can always count on OCH (Old China Hand)
for a good laugh in the morning!
Jul 26, 2006

faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHa ha, coach! This was a good one, SoF! I wish I was as advanced as the obviously very advanced code-breaker who commented above at the very beginning, about "minor codeing". I've noticed a popular code on Braingle is to misspell so many words so badly that the words become unrecognizable! lol!

Actually, with this one, the hint threw me off, because then it made me think the msg.would about what time to escape! I actually had looked backward
but wasn't looking at the right groups of letters. Thanks!
Jul 26, 2006

revelcbigtonsondabfibtaifllatall,,,with 2 and 3 letter words taken out, total 5, rest is my answer?
Jul 26, 2006

This was interesting.Would have to say good teaser, because it sure stumped me.
Jul 26, 2006

I almost got It, I was on to something, But then just gave up, Good Job
Jul 26, 2006

I saw the words, but couldn't figure it out. Time to hang it up!
Jul 26, 2006

Too hard for me, but I had a great time trying to figure it out before reading the answer...
Jul 26, 2006

Totally Awesome teaser! I didn't think of mixing forward with backward spellings of the words. And then, the clues can help too much... It was tough for me, this morning. Keep up the terrific work.
Jul 26, 2006

It was fun Sherlock. Thanks.
Jul 26, 2006

I saw the hidden words, and then it was easy!
Jul 26, 2006

Very good teaser!
Jul 26, 2006

AHHH! my brain got teased!
Jul 26, 2006

I always give up too early on these. Good teaser.
Jul 26, 2006

enjoyed it...didn't get itbut liked it anyway. great job
Jul 26, 2006

GREAT TEASER!!! I loved this. Thanks.
Jul 26, 2006

that was really good.....i didnt get it....first time 4 everythin i guess
Jul 26, 2006

That was enjoyable... I like it when things just "come to me." I saw the obvious words, thought aha those must mean something, so I copied and pasted the text into a word processor, bolded the time-related things, and the "sool" at the end made me think of "loose", so I kept reading backwards.......
yay for me! Glad I didn't look at the hint, it might've thrown me off!

oh and I had so much fun, I solved the ones in the comments too....

you're missing an m in secondymmonth!

one of your five words isn't a 2 or 3 letter word!
Jul 26, 2006

so i ddn't get it... ah, well, gr8 tragedies happ'n all the tym... jk... neway, it was rili good... the only thing i got out of it was "sundial"... haha...
Jul 26, 2006

I got it right away! It made my day! Thanks for the fun teaser!
Jul 26, 2006

Jul 26, 2006

Great one! Couldnt guess how to go about cracking the code!
Jul 26, 2006

I heart this teaser!! LOL
Jul 26, 2006

Jul 26, 2006

Has anyone ever played the game Mindtrap? If not, you should...but i digress....this teaser is a blatant ripoff of one of the puzzles in that game....WORD FOR WORD....

nice job fooled all but one...
Jul 26, 2006

besamishuevos, I don't see how my teaser could be in that game since this is a completely original teaser I came up with. Thanks everyone for the positive feedback!
Jul 26, 2006

This was very hard for me . iam not very observant maybe i can learn
Jul 27, 2006

Okay you got me again.
Almost had it, but no cigar.

Jul 29, 2006

SOF that was great. I did see all of the references to time and I had thought about reading the teaser backwards. But of course, stupid me, I didn't reove the time pieces before my attempt. Great job. More please?
Jul 31, 2006

Very good! Thanks, SoF!

Hey, besamwhatever- Accusing SoF of plagiarism (that means copying someone else's work) is vicious and mean, and if you can't PROVE IT, you shouldn't say it, especially not in a public format. If you really had a case, you should PM SoF or the webmaster with your EVIDENCE. Also, has it ever occurred to you, besablahblah, that two people could come up with a teaser based on the same word or name without one copying the other?

How very, very RUDE!
Jun 06, 2008

I don't get it. What do those time pieces have to do with loose bricks or the message being backwards?
Jun 22, 2008

They don't. It's just part of the code to take out those time pieces.
Oct 26, 2008

Took me less than a minute and no hint. CHA! ;D
Jun 29, 2009

Added it to my favorites! Hard
Jul 26, 2009

Finding the words was easy, but I never thought of discarding them, or reading the rest backwards. Great teaser. Love it.
Jul 26, 2009

I didn't get brain isn't going this early on a Sunday. Great job!
Jul 26, 2009

The extra words were obvious to me, so I just took them out, when I realized they were all the same, but didn't mean anything. This one didn't take me very long to decipher. Thanks!
Sep 19, 2009

This code is from the Deltora Quest series right??
Dec 03, 2010

During a particularly boring winter, I learned to write backwards ... made it easy to read the code. ... who'd a thunk that writing backwards would ever be useful, (other than winning bar bets)
Jul 26, 2012

Easy - I'd hate to live in a town with cops who couldn't figure this one out. (But fun, too!)
Jul 26, 2012

I only got the time words.
Jul 26, 2012

I'd still be stuck in that jail cell.
Jul 26, 2012

fun teaser. I thought the inclusion of four timepieces would have some bearing on the coded answer, like "meet me at 4 o'clock" but it was still clever.
Oct 11, 2014

I got it. Thanks, because I'm trying to practice my cryptography.
Jul 26, 2015

Like everyone else I got the words in it, but never looked at the left overs or read them backwards. However I am wondering who got into the jail without anyone seeing them and loosened the brick so she could escape.
Jul 26, 2015

nicely done; fun and took a minute or two...thanks
Jul 26, 2015

Fun teaser - just hard enough to make me work a little bit to solve it, but not so hard that I gave up!
Nov 16, 2015

I surprised myself. Solved this in less than 2 minutes.

Back to Top

Online Now
13 users and 694 guests

Users In Chat
Follow Braingle!
Tap into all 20,000+ of our brain teasers, riddles and puzzles on your iPhone or iPad.
Braingle in the iTunes App Store
Copyright © 1999-2017 | FAQ | Widgets | Links | Green | Subscribe | Contact | Privacy | Conditions | Advertise | Braingle Time: 1:44 pm
Sign In Create a free account