Games Online Contest #38

This contest closed on October 1, 2012. A new contest will appear soon.
Here was the original challenge:

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?

Substituting letters for numbers (which requires some guesswork) yields the following cryptograms:

ABCD *SMHDHWB CZDFM, ABF CIWF COOQCMQG HE “*DBQ *WFZHCI *EQDAFMV,” OICJQG DBQ DHDIQ ZBCMCZDQM HE “*DBQ *CTCLHER *WOHGQM-*TCE”?


EFGH *JNSHSYF GRHNDYY, EFB GTYB GZZDGNDU SV “*UNSOD,” FGU G YHGNNSVM NBTD SV HFD CSTA “*GV *DUQRGHSBV”?


EP IJKL WQMLVYEKP *CSELEMJ XEOT, IJEUJ KOMV XBKLASBW *HBESK *HPEZJLOBQ, WEW LJB KULVS KPW KULSBMM IJV KSB LJB KPMIBSM LV LJB YSBFEVAM LIV GABMLEVPM MLKS?

 

These can be deciphered as follows:

WHAT *BRITISH ACTOR, WHO ALSO APPEARED IN “*THE *SOCIAL *NETWORK,” PLAYED THE TITLE CHARACTER IN “*THE *AMAZING *SPIDER-*MAN”?

WHAT *BRITISH ACTRESS, WHO ALSO APPEARED IN “*DRIVE,” HAD A STARRING ROLE IN THE FILM ”*AN *EDUCATION“?

IN WHAT DYSTOPIAN *BRITISH FILM, WHICH ALSO FEATURED *KEIRA *KNIGHTLEY, DID THE ACTOR AND ACTRESS WHO ARE THE ANSWERS TO THE PREVIOUS TWO QUESTIONS STAR?

 

The answers are: Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, and Never Let Me Go. We received many correct answers, from which winners were chosen by random draw.

 

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