MW is excited to announce another exciting series! Each segment will feature a new form of Code, Cipher, or Puzzle and offer directions on how they can be solved. This series is great way to learn about new methods of encryption being used in Armchair Treasure Hunts, and other types of puzzles.
MW codes, ciphers, and puzzle series continues with KeyWord Ciphers. This fun series helps understand how codes and ciphers can be used in treasure hunts.
A keyword cipher was used in the 2001 Armchair Treasure Hunt: The Ultimate Quest. Anyone remember that? Lots of fun..!! I show some of my scribbles in the post...(The hunt remains unsolved; albeit discontinued)
The Bacon’s Cipher, or rather method of stenography, dates back to 1605, and was developed by Francis Bacon. Francis Bacon was an English Philosopher, Author, and Statesman, who was agent for Queen Elizabeth, and later King James. His many studies and works helped advance the sciences.
Stenography conceals a message within a normal plaintext. The Baconian Cipher does this by applying two distinct representations for ‘A’ and ‘B’ and developing a biliteral alphabet key.
One message not meant for us to solve, or at least those living on the Earth, is the coded like message created on the Pioneer Plaques. These two plaques were sent into space by NASA in effort to communicate with extraterrestrial life- if they happen to intercept or discover the messages.