Enigma Series - 1 - Random Break and Bad Spelling
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Co-ordinates are for the local village of Graveley. The cache is no more than 5 minutes walk from the village centre. You are looking for a 'message in a bottle'....
To find the final co-ordinates you have to work out the EASY clues below. Further caches in the Enigma series will get harder and use more advanced cipher techniques as we move through ancient times to modern techniques....
Pedal Power 80 - Random Break / Bad Spelling
This is a series of 25+ goecaches which I am deploying, the theme is codes, ciphers and cryptology. My inspiration comes from the Enigma machine, used by the German military during World War II and the efforts taken by the Polish, British and other allies to break the German secret codes used for military communications. It is widely believed that breaking Enigma shortened World War II by apporximately 2 years. Imagine if that did not happen, we would either be speaking German now or dead under a nuclear cloud....a sobering thought. This series of caches starts with simple codes and ciphers and moves forward to Enigma and state-of-the-art cryptology. If you like this series then I suggest two things: (1) Visit Bletchley Park (www.bletchleypark.org.uk) and (2) Read the book which I found most interesting: "The Code Book" by Simon Singh.
Bletchley Park employed 12,000 personnel at it's peak with everyone sworn to absolute secrecy until 1972, incredible that not once did the Germans suspect such an intelligence operation was ongoing in UK, even the top ranking British military were not aware of it's capabiliites, only Winston Churchil himself. Military commanders were fed information by miltary liasion officers that came from tangeable "second sources" such as spies, prisoner interrogations, etc. It was so important that Churchill signed a warrant stating Bletchley Park would get all resources necessary above and beyond any other cause during World War II!!
When most people talk about "secret codes" they quite often mean "secret ciphers". A few words to explain some commonly used terms:
Steganography - hiding or concealing a message.
Cryptography - scrambling a message.
Transpostion - shifting the cipher characters.
Substitution - replacing pieces of the message with other characters.
Code - replacing or substituting words.
Cipher - replacing or substituting letters.
This geocache is going to use TWO methods of cryptology, which are some of the oldest cryptographical methods used:
(a) Random Break - This is where the letters and words are not replaced or jumbled up but simply re-spaced into different groupings so the words appear broken into other words to detract from the real meaning. For example "Baldy Bazzer says welcome to geocaching" becomes "Ba ldyB azz ersay swel come toge oca ching"
(b) Bad Spelling - This simply takes a sentence and uses bad spelling or 'slang' to show the meaning provided you know how to correct the spelling or 'slang'. Try it for yourself, just read the bad spelling aloud! For example "Baldy Bazzer says welcome to geocaching" becomes "Baddy Basher saws wilcum ta geecarshing"
The location can be found as indicated below, the latitude is found using RANDOM BREAK and the longitude is found using BAD SPELLING
Latitude: nor thf if tyo ned egre esf if tys ixdec im a lone ninen ine
Longitude: vest nort digrese twelf minits desimall sefen nien feyef
Tebhaq yriry, gerr onfr pybfr gb jurer gur plpyr genpx wbvaf gur ebnq.