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Cryptopearls V

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:#37419
Fun:*** (2.71)
Difficulty:*** (2.88)
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. 11 313411141514 5211223433 3211251543 3334 3334244315.

2. 11 321133 2443 2533345233 1254 442315 13343235113354 2315 2515153543.

3. 11 42343131243322 4344343315 22114423154243 3334 32344343.

4. 11134424343343 4335151125 313445141542 44231133 5234421443.

Hint: A 5x5 number grid might help...


Draw a 5x5 grid on a piece of paper and fill it with the alphabet. To fit 26 letters into 25 spaces, combine I and J into one position as is the norm. Once you have it written down, you can see that:

A will be 11
B will be 12
C will be 13 and so on...

Using this pattern on the above quotes you get:

1. A loaded wagon makes no noise.
2. A man is known by the company he keeps.
3. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
4. Actions speak louder than words.

This type of encryption is called "The Polybius Square Cipher".


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