If you are good at math, you might find some character in the numbers
Lets seperate the code by ‘&’
You may notice that all numbers are primes.
Substituting ‘m’ with ‘*’ and ‘p’ with ‘^’ gives
Calculate each block (note that power should be calculated first, e.g (3^3)*2468802436547 = 9*2468802436547 )
Convert each row into ASCII and join them together
We have an interesting code of alternating letters and numbers.
This normally means that we could split the two for two different parts of the solve.
Remember that if the original string itself was longer, that that might hint at there being two codes hidden in it.
Solve numbers first, that is the key ingredient to solving the letters.
Splitting the letters and numbers, we end up with this:
Let us solve the numbers first.
They seem to be almost in a decent range when paired up, but not quite there, instead reverse them first (shown here after pairing)
68 65 77 79 78 48 49
Convert from decimal to text
10NOMAD needs to refer one to the keyword of
mystic. If you happen to know what links these two, let us know.
But since we could not find any concrete direct referencing, Kokuryuu did a Vig brute with all the keywords to find it.
Because the numbers section gave us a keyword, we know that the letters section should then be the pre-/suffix, we take the result of the Vig for our next step
Replace the written numbers to show us the pre-/suffix
Add everything together for the final solve.
Here we have a code preceded by
+ and followed by
-, this is a good indicator that something should sometimes be positive and sometimes negative.
Look a bit further into the normal “try these first” ciphers.
Running the text through the normal, all possibles of ROT, we can see something intriguing with the first and last one.
ROT +01: vhtegtszuizpteuqwexuaekgjtefkvgb
ROT +25: tfrcerqxsgxnrcsoucvsyciehrcditez
See that if you were to take alternating letters from each line, we get spelled out numbers?
Remember that ROT +25 is the same as ROT -1, which links back nicely to the given hint.
Reading the lines, starting with the ROT -1 and alternating between them, we get
Substituting the written numbers gives us the final solve