Atomic Cryptography

Atomic Cryptography
Source: Wikipedia

The word for this science comes from the ancient Egyptian word “khēmia” meaning transmutation of earth, is the science of matter at the atomic to molecular scale, dealing primarily with collections of atoms, such as molecules, crystals, and metals. I hope that you still remember those fun, magical hours of khemistry from school that you wanted to never end (ha!) because today’s challenge is all about that. Simply decrypt the following cryptotext:

15 68 53 8 D53 6 73 5 LE

 

 

 

 

 

Hint: the title of this post

Four Brain Cells Cryptography: Les Shadoks

Les Shadoks Cryptography
Source: perseus.over-blog.fr

Les Shadoks is an animated TV series created by Jacques Rouxel which was broadcasted between 1968 and 1974. The Shadoks characters were bird-like in their appearance, ruthless and stupid. There is a resemblance between Les Shadoks and Angry Birds, it’s possible that the creators of Angry Birds might have been inspired by this French creation.

Les Shadoks were noted for sayings like:

When one tries continuously, one ends up succeeding. Thus, the more one fails, the greater the chance that it will work

Every advantage has its disadvantages and vice versa.

If there is one chance out of a 1000 to succeed, rush failing the 999 first tries.

These sayings have some wisdom to them, which is not bad considering that the characters have only four brain cells and can only remember the last four words they hear. This is where we get to today’s challenge. Knowing that Les Shadoks use only four monosyllabic words “Ga”, “Bu”, “Zo”, “Meu” figure out the meaning of the following text:

BUGAZOZO BUZOGABU BUZOGAMEU BUMEUGABU BUMEUBUBU BUZOBUBU BUMEUGAMEU ZOGAGA BUBUGAZO BUZOMEUMEU BUMEUBUBU BUMEUZOGA BUZOBUBU BUZOMEUGA

The Pharaoh Sails to Orion: Cryptographic Challenge No. 5

And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

Ramses II also known as Rameses or Ozymandias in Greek sources and Percy Shelley’s sonnet is considered the greatest, most celebrated and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire. He ruled for 66 years and imposed his will and military prowess over his neighbors, hence the well deserved title of King of Kings. The Treaty of Kadesh (1274 BC) between Ramses II and the Hittites is among the first documented treaties in the world. Another amazing fact about this treaty is that both sides’ versions have survived. And this is where we get to today’s cryptographic challenge. Your challenge is to decipher the characters in which the treaty is written, the hieroglyphics, and get the coded message from the following image. Fortunately, Jean-Francois Champollion has already done much of the work of deciphering hieroglyphics some 200 years ago using the Rosetta stone.

Hieroglyphic Cryptography

Islands, Pirates and Treasures: Cryptographic Challenge No. 4

Pirate Flag Cryptographic challenge

What will we do with a drunken sailor?
What will we do with a drunken sailor?
What will we do with a drunken sailor?
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Early in the morning

 

Now, with a proper pirate priming to this challenge, let’s dive straight into it: what’s the connection between islands, pirates, treasures and the following cryptotext? That’s up to you to find out. Hint: The Raven. Those who heard about The Raven before will know exactly where to look.

 

:‡ 4‡ :‡ 4‡ 5 .6(5;8) 0618 1‡( 98]8 .600538 .0?*†8( ]8 (6108 5*† 0‡‡;†(6*7 ?. 98 85(;68) :‡ 4‡]8 76†*5. 5*† (5¶538 5*† †‡*; 36¶8 5 4‡‡;†(6*7 ?. 98 85(;68) :‡ 4‡

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hint 2: Orangeade Pall (anagram)

Cryptographic Fun No. 3: Deus Vult!

Deus Vult (“God Wills It”) is a Christian motto associated with the Crusades and was first reported in the Gesta Francorum (“The Deeds of the Franks”), a chronicle written in Latin of the First Crusade. Now, for this crypto challenge: in the country associated with the word Francorum, this Catholic military Order was disbanded on the pressure from the country’s king. Find out the name of this Order and the cipher used by it and decipher the message. Hints: no more hints, I already made this challenge quite easy.