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Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 15:14:29


Farah♦ 
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Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 15:26:55


Farah♦ 
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500 coins for the first person to solve it
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 17:28:28


master of desaster 
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I have no clue
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 18:03:58


berdan131
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the answer is

meow!
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 18:17:39


火Legle火 
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my head has just exploded
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 19:21:22


Skaarfungandr the Mighty
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Inb4 Farah is actually a secret agent, outsourcing the cryptography duties to save money.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 20:09:21


Rheumakay
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Missing quite some spaces + the 'S' at the 3rd paragraph irritates me

Are these typos or was it on purpose?
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 20:17:36


Farah♦ 
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Typos.

Edit: I think it went wrong when I converted the document to pdf. I'll upload a version without those typos tomorrow to solve your irritation :)

Edit2: not today, farah hungover

Edited 7/8/2020 18:42:20
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 20:56:37


Rikku
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No idea about this stuff , what parts might be a red herring or not. It says the title is the key. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" with 16 original letters maybe that is enough to replace the red and blue. If you assign them the number they have in the alphabet. Then maybe add red letters based on there alphabet number to the letters of the key going through it sequentially until you get to the end of the phrase after a certain amount of the coloured letters. And maybe minus blues random. Idk this is all a random guess I can't be arsed to try but maybe something like that tho almost certainly not if it "EXTREMELY TOUGH RIDDLE"

keys are strategic! And riddles are annoying

Edited 7/7/2020 21:02:46
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 21:08:05


Farah♦ 
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The title of the thread is irrelevant. Consider contacting Mr. Bacon for advice.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 21:50:09


Aura Guardian 
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The first part of the puzzle seems fairly straightforward. It's the second part that I'm having gripes with.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 22:50:18


Farah♦ 
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If you solved the first part correctly, the answer is staring you right in the face. Avé!
Extremely tough riddle: 7/7/2020 23:12:13


Aura Guardian 
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Easy for you to say lol.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/8/2020 01:04:54


Skaarfungandr the Mighty
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I would be curious to see what Aura found afterwards :D
Extremely tough riddle: 7/8/2020 01:11:29


Aura Guardian 
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What i found was garbaly gook, but the puzzle hints that is what you should expect to happen.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/8/2020 01:57:03


Farah♦ 
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You see garbaly gook, the answer is right in your face. Read.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/8/2020 03:53:33


Aura Guardian 
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Thanks for the hint.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/8/2020 13:48:30


Math Wolf 
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Probably same as Aura:
I think I know what to do and how to do it (first 6 lines).
But so far, the first two paragraphs of the poem do not give me anything useful and there are at least 2 different ways to read it (red or blue). I don't have the time to write all the options out.

Not sure if we should do something with the number of letters skipped at the beginning or end of each line before/after the colouring.

So I think I'll just wait for someone else to give the answer. :-)


EDIT: what I have for the first 2 alinea's:
GB AHFR GO   THIERLOG  RR GIT ER I


Edited 7/8/2020 13:50:22
Extremely tough riddle: 7/8/2020 14:39:09


Farah♦ 
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If all seems nonsensical
Then on you'll have to wade
And never become skeptical
As did the Light Brigade
Extremely tough riddle: 7/8/2020 19:22:01


Aura Guardian 
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Math wolf,

Listen to Farah.

-Aura

Edited 7/8/2020 19:23:28
Extremely tough riddle: 7/9/2020 09:50:31


Math Wolf 
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I don't have the time to write all the options out.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/9/2020 11:53:19


Farah♦ 
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As the first cipher is sometimes a bit ambiguous (considering I and J as the same letter, or U and V, but not always, etc.), you can mail me the ciphertext after you find it. If I see you broke the first cipher, I will send you the correct plaintext to continue.

Edited 7/9/2020 11:53:34
Extremely tough riddle: 7/9/2020 12:06:01


Norman 
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I only see a poem with some random letters in blue and red.

Someone should travel to the Netherlands and give Farah a wedgie. He is used to it.
Extremely tough riddle: 7/9/2020 13:05:06


Farah♦ 
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Rude!
Extremely tough riddle: 7/12/2020 05:44:48


DarkKing121
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Do the colors replace A and B?
Extremely tough riddle: 7/12/2020 09:14:25


(ง︡'-'︠)ง let's fight!! 
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I guess you need to increase the prize money to solve the riddle ;)
Extremely tough riddle: 7/12/2020 15:08:40


Farah♦ 
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Maybe this one was a bit too tough. Aura Guardian solved the first step, Math Wolf was well on his way.

The solution is as follows:

The poem is written by Tennyson. He talked to Mr. Bacon it would seem. This hints to a Bacon cipher. In a Bacon cipher, we construct the alphabet using A's and B's, or sometimes 1's and 0's.

The poem has strings of 5 characters written in a red and blue color. They replace those A's and B's. Decoding the Bacon Cipher with RED = A and BLUE = B, it gives us the following text:

DGUZPSFRKTNUNIJLOXMTWNNXXNWEQUVXULUSDBKXBWEAPJQRHZYHPUVCECJCNBYHGIHIUFJBUVYNCWMOVMNCNONCIHUHXFUMNFSWITHCAESAR

Note the text "WITHCAESAR" at the end of this string. Since only the last bit makes sense, on we had to wade. And never become sceptical, as did the Light Brigade.

The Caesar Cipher is the rotation of letters. Every letter in the ciphertext gets shifted by the value n of the rotation, denoted by ROT(n). This means there are 25 options after that.

Decoding our ciphertext with ROT(6) and leaving out the 'WITHCAESAR' part, we obtain:

JMAFVYLXQZTATOPRUDSZCTTDDTCKWABDARAYJHQDHCKGVPWXNFENVABIKIPITHENMONOALPHABETICSUBSTITUTIONANDLASTLY

In which the last part reads 'THEN WITH MONOALPHABETICAL SUBSTITUTION AND LASTLY'

So we have to use monoalphabetical substitution. Usually, these substitutions are done with a keyword to construct a new alphabet. Using the key 'THELIGHTBRIGADE' we obtain the following substitution-alphabet:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
THELIGBRADCFJKMNOPQSUVWXYZ


Decoding our previously obtained ciphertext with this substitutio-alphabet, while leaving out 'THENWITHMONOALPHABETICALSUBSTITUTIONANDLASTLY' gets us

MOILVYDXSZAIAQRHUJTZKAAJJAKNWIGJIHIYMBSJBKNFVRWXPLCPVIGENERE

And note the last bit says 'VIGENERE'.

Decoding our message according to the Vigenere Cipher with key 'THELIGHTBRIGADE' gives us

THEANSWERISCANNONFIRETHISSENTENCEWASFIRSTENCRYPTEDWI



So, by putting it all together, the plaintext reads:

The answer is cannonfire. This sentence was first encrypted wi Vigenere, then with monoalphabetical substitution and lastly with Caesar.




And that solves the riddle.

Edited 7/12/2020 15:12:49
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