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Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: admin on June 5, 2023, 2:27 p.m.

Unlock the secrets of the Hutton cipher, a pen-and-paper cipher that has baffled cryptographers since 2018. Can you reconstruct the keywords used?
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Re: Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: madness on June 5, 2023, 3:59 p.m.

You should have said that they need to be in lower case letters.

Re: Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: newton on June 5, 2023, 4:04 p.m.

Hi madness,

they don't "need" to be in lowercase. This could've been added as information, but with hutton cipher, keywords are case insensitive.

For the solution the keywords have to be concatinated and lowercased (as explained on p. 10)

Best,

newton

Re: Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: madness on June 5, 2023, 4:06 p.m.

Also, I submitted the solution, and it said I have solved it, but the L2 page still says "0 users have solved", and that I have 13 attempts remaining.

Re: Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: newton on June 5, 2023, 4:09 p.m.

For me this is shown correctly, likely your browser cache was outdated. If you force-refresh the page (CTRL+F5) it should be shown correctly. With your previous submission, those were in fact wrong. The 4th one was correct and logged as such. Congratulations for solving the challenge that fast!

Re: Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: madness on June 5, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Never had a problem with stale cache on MTC3 before. Too bad my browser refuses to respond to ctl-F5. Thanks for the congratulations.

Re: Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: FoM on June 14, 2023, 3:34 p.m.

I missed the notification for this challenge (or didn' get any). I also missed that the solution submission is lowercase. Perhaps the challenge description should state that "keyword1keyword2" implies this. E.g. "But pay attention. This could mean more than just connecting the keywords".

Sorry, I'm joking a bit.

As a not inexperienced member of MTC3, I always read the entries in the forum before each challenge, unless it is empty. So I have no right to complain (oder jemand auf den Arm zu nehmen).

After solving Part 1, I tried to reconstruct the keywords for a given plaintext and its encryption without a dictionary. I clearly failed.

Thanks for the challenges

Re: Challenge "The Hutton Cipher – Part 2"  

  By: newton on June 14, 2023, 6:21 p.m.

Thank you very much for the feedback, you finally solved it tho. But for the next parts, I will make it even more clear what format is to be expected. Thanks for letting us know!


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