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## Lost In A Cave

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: #25090 Fun: (2.79) Difficulty: (2.87) Category: Cryptography Submitted By: spookboy0 Corrected By: cnmne

Three boys were out hiking one day and they came across a cave. They went inside the cave for a while and when they exited, a boy was missing. The other two went back inside the cave to look for him. On the walls were numbers in green paint that they hadn't noticed beforehand. The numbers were as follows:

4 8 20 21 10 27 36 23 22

After they wrote the numbers in a notebook, they came across a letter written in the same green paint. It read:

Oh, it bothers me to write letters like this. Of how I came across this event I am not aware. However, things must be done. I have written the numbers on the walls. You must use these numbers to find my hiding spot. Good Luck. - The Missing Boy

How should you find him?

By using the numbers in combination with the letter. Start at the beginning of the letter the boy wrote and skip the number of letters indicated in the number sequence given to get each letter in turn. (Note that spaces do not count as letters.)

Skip 4 letters from beginning: B
Skip 8 letters: E
Skip 20 letters: H
Skip 21 letters: I
Skip 10 letters: N
Skip 27 letters: D
Skip 36 letters: Y
Skip 23 letters: O
Skip 22 letters: U

Therefore, he is hiding BEHIND YOU.

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 Navyseal Aug 07, 2005 My head hurts! nathalia Aug 11, 2005 ok then. It had me stumped. Didnt get it. Nowhere near getting it. smarty_blondy Aug 17, 2005 Gave me a good laugh, I love the ending. Very good job spook ! LeenaBabii22 Jul 18, 2008 Wow The Difficulty Should Have Been 4 Flowers Lol. Very Hard....It Couldn't Solve It At All. And Then I Was Kinda Nervous That The Answer Was Gonna Be Simple Too =\ Noct Nov 05, 2016 The numbers are incorrect. You only skip 7 from the first letter to the second, and then only 19 from the second to the third. I stopped bothering with it after that.