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Cryptopearls IV

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:#37418
Fun:*** (2.67)
Difficulty:*** (2.59)
Category:Cryptography
Submitted By:brainsterAin******

 

 

 



Once upon a time, there was a land filled with wisdom and intelligence in the form of pearls.

Most of the quotes we use today come from this land, which was called Lifeland.

However, each pearl of wisdom was safely hidden under a Cryptoweb and called a Cryptopearl, because in those days, words were considered to be powerful weapons. You had to earn a Cryptopearl to learn some new piece of wisdom about life.

Once you successfully opened the Cryptopearl, you were then awarded with whatever life changing information was inside that Cryptopearl. If you opened 4 Cryptopearls successfully, you were knighted as the Lord of Life.

In this way, over generations, many such pearls have been passed down to us. Four such Cryptopearls are given below, in their original form.

Can you open the Cryptopearls like the ancients did and find out what famous life's teaching it holds? Here's your chance to become the Lord or Lady of Life!

1. Q oqitge gjnen ijpbcia uy gcabpcia qijpbem oqitge.
2. Q obqci cn ij npmjiaem pbqi cpn weqfenp gcif.
3. Q sjjg qit bcn hjiey qme njji kqmpet.
4. Q gcppge fijwgetae cn q tqiaemjrn pbcia.

Hint: The keyword is "QUOTES". Check the hint section for one more hint, but it gives the method away.



Answer

A keyword cipher is made by placing a keyword first in the alphabet substitution table. Then, the remaining letters of the alphabet are written down in alphabetic order. That becomes the cipher for substitution. Since our keyword is "QUOTES", the cipher is created as follows:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
QUOTESABCDFGHIJKLMNPRVWXYZ

Thus, A becomes Q, and B becomes U and so on. Deciphering using the cipher above reveals the quotes as follows:

1. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
2. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
3. A fool and his money are soon parted.
4. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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