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Challenge

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Posted on 18 June 2015

PuzzleEdit

Today's Challenge will polish your skills of symmetry and cryptography.

Two-hundred

Hint 1

Step 1: The symmetry part doesn't have to do with manipulating the image or the order of the letters. @\

Hint 2

Step 2: Decode each group of letters separately. The 9 letter key should be fairly obvious.

Hint 3

Step 3: We did this before, in Imagine.

Solution

In the image, we see these letters:

SOXZ HHF    QIAQY AWER
KNE  EWBZNZ ALXY  BHVXAO
SWE  YCFZN  LLR   DIUQAO

For the "symmetry" part, convert each letter to the opposite letter of the alphabet, which can be done with an AtBash converter. Or simply use the following table:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

This results in the letters:

HLCA SSU    JRZJB ZDVI
PMV  VDYAMA ZOCB  YSECZL
HDV  BXUAM  OOI   WRFJZL

We see a spider web in the upper left corner of the image. Decode each group of letters using a Vigenère Cipher with the key SPIDERWEB. This results in the letters:

ABLE LID    CHING STEM
ICE  OTHERS SELF  RINGED
ATE  UNDER  HER   PHONED

The two words ABLE and ATE appeared in the Imagine challenge puzzle, where a prefix or suffix was added to each word to make a new word. In this case, it's just a prefix.

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A dictionary of English words along with a way to query them can be quite helpful:

Adding the same prefix to each of the three words in the first two columns and to the first two words in the remaining columns results in:

NOTable SOlid    ITching SYstem
NOTice  SOothers ITself  SYringed
NOTate  SOunder  OTher   SIphoned

(Not sure why, but for each of the bottom words in the last two columns only one of the two letters is right.)

The letters which have been added to the first two rows to make new words are NOT SO IT and SY. The solution is http://stl.la/notsoitsy, a giant spider attached to the side of a water tower in Urana, Australia (picture).

RewardEdit

Not-so-itsy
Not So Itsy, a spider attached to the side of a silo in Urana, Australia.

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