Thanks for the heads up on the solution being posted already! This is awesome! Finally we get to see the solution. I was seconds away from solving it last night... I tried that keyword many times using the online tool I like the best. However, for some reason I did not try the double transposition tool on the same webpage which I had tried numerous times before (https://www.boxentriq.com/code-breaking/double-transposition-cipher). It solves it right away (you don't need to enter the key twice as it assumes it being the same if you only enter the first key).
I should also add that the tool mentioned above CAN solve this using brute force! You just have to say that you want to try keys up to 7 characters in length (WINDSOR has 7 characters). It solves it in a few seconds. Thus, had Lukas known this I am sure he would have picked a longer keyword as he really wanted us to solve the riddle without any shortcuts... What a close call!!
This was a fun hunt! Keep it coming Lukas!
Last Edit: Sept 4, 2019 12:33:34 GMT -5 by mrpoirot
Post by elysethecat on Sept 4, 2019 14:19:23 GMT -5
That's so funny, I was convinced the keyword was Windsor, and convinced of columnar transposition. Last month, using pen and paper only I tried to work out the double encryption using Windsor twice and totally messed it up somehow. Human error kicked my butt! I left my working notebook in Europe (since the puzzle was solved) but I must have 30+ pages of crazy scribblings of Windsor keyword letter columns. I'm excited to see the solve and it makes me feel like I am actually starting to get a grasp of cipher solving (mainly thanks to Jenny's book!). I can't wait until the next mini hunt!!!
of all the keywords mentioned on this forum WINDSOR was the only one I did not try. Mad really being that I was the first to suggest WINDSOR knot being a solution. Just couldnt see how it could work with the other clues. Have to say that some of the reasoning Lukas used was a bit on the tenuous side, but I suppose that's to be expected in a lot of these hunts. Lesson learnt, dont ignore anything just because it doesn't feel right.