Games Online Contest #38

5 First Prizes: A one-year subscription to GAMES

Crypto Trivia

We’ve written three trivia questions and then disguised them with a two-step encryption procedure. First, we used a letter substitution cipher in which each letter of the alphabet was replaced throughout the question by another letter, just as in a regular cryptogram puzzle. Each of the three questions uses a different substitution cipher. Then we replaced each letter in the newly created ciphertexts with a number, using the simple substitution code of A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc., up through Z = 26. Numbers within a word have been run together, without spaces between them. As a result, part of the contest is to determine which numbers belong to two-digit numbers. For example, the first word of the first question (1234) could be ABCD (1-2-3-4), AWD (1-23-4), or LCD (12-3-4).

We’ve left spaces between the words and placed asterisks before capitalized words (other than the first words of the sentences). Words inside quotation marks may represent titles.

The first two questions have two-word answers, the third question has a four-word answer, and those three answers are the answers to the contest.

The Questions:

1. 1234 *1913848232 3264613, 126 39236 3151517313177 85 “*4217 *23626839 *5174161322,” 159310177 4217 484917 26231332641713 85 “*4217 *3203128518 *2315871713-*2035”?

2. 5678 *101419819256 71881442525, 562 720252 726264714421 1922 “*211419154,” 6721 7 25871414192213 142204 1922 864 319201 “*722 *42117187819222”?

3. 516 9101112 23171312222551116 *31951251310 2451520, 91052110 11151322 2421112119223 *8251911 *816526101215217, 23523 12102 1121122219 111623 1121121921313 91022 11192 12102 111613921913 1222 12102 251926522113 12922 71213125221613 13121119?

To enter this contest, first read the detailed rules (see the link at the bottom of this page), then select the Enter Button below to view the entry form. List your three answers in the “Contest Answer” box, complete all other required information, and choose Submit.

The contest deadline is October 1, 2012.
Five correct entries chosen at random will each win a one-year subscription to GAMES.
Limit: One entry per e-mail address.

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