# 9b

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• #87519
Mattyrat2027
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I am highly confident that I have found the first step to decryption, having looked at the factors and blocks, but I don’t know where to head from there. Look forward to these tips, Harry

#87520
f6exb
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I know that weekend is used to rest, but it’s nice this year that the Elves answer questions to help people blocked.

#87532
floatingyunsan
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If anyone is struggling with 9B I can assure you that 8B was a whole lot worse. 9B really isn’t that complex. Here’s my tip: do think of it simply, the simpler you think about it the easier it is. I over complicated it a bit at first. When you get the decrypt but it’s not quite right (you’ll see why) let me know I can direct from there, good luck everyone!!! All the best x

#87508
dweglowski2
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Harry can remove parts if nessesary (please be kind).

First of all look at the group sizes.
You will see that the first block is a different size to the others.
This normally is found at the end (hinting at the text being reversed).

Secondly when you have done the first step try to identify the cipher.
Cribbing is extremely useful.
We know from the hint that it is signed off by Abraham Woodhull so try arrange the letters to keep that at the end of your decrypt.
It should be quite plain sailing from there.

Overall it isn’t double encrypted to the point you expect, it is quite a lot simpler of a first cipher.

#87498
f6exb
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Look at the structure of the first groups and their letters.
Factorize the length of the text and use the smallest ones.

#87522
Dvorak365
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Once you’ve worked out what the length of the starting chunk means for the text, I would suggest encrypting the crib with a transposition cipher.

Then some pattern spotting should lead you towards the solution. I would warn against brute force attempts.

#87539
BluePumpkin
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how do we start the first part?

#87526
A1PHA_L3G3ND
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After the first encryption, we know that the letter should be signed by Abraham Woodhull, but we know that’s not in the right place. A little tweaking of the text is in order.
All the help I can give.

#87530
f6exb
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This means that a letter is missing for the text to be a multiple of 5.

#87540
traingirl
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Apologies for post #87495. I forgot about one step I had done. It was indeed double encrypted.

#87542
Mattyrat2027
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The problem, I find, with transposition ciphers is that there are so many variations on how to perform one, e.g. Write by rows and read by columns, write by columns and read by rows etc.

#87531
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If the last block usually has less than five characters, what sort of thing could have caused the last block to become the first. Additionally, you might want to break the text into equally sized sections and try to find ABRAHAMWOODHULL, or an anagram of it in one of those sections.

Harry do feel free to censor anything if you feel you need to

#87529
Mattyrat2027
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[omit if not allowed] It’s reversed (?)

#87528
BobD
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Seems rather ‘back-to-front’!

#87485