2017 decoding challenge post #1

Here we are, Jan 1st 2017 and what better way to start the new year with a bit of a decoding challenge. We’ve cooked up a bunch of codes just for you our readers. We have encoded them with ciphers that were already talked about in our daily posts. Some have multiple steps but you should be able to use your skills to decipher them.

Basic rules:

  1. Do not post the solution. Even if it’s fully redeemed. GiveĀ others a chanceĀ to figure it out.
  2. You can post the rewards redeemed if you wish
  3. No hints will be posted or given. The full solutions will be posted on Jan 7
  4. The passcode format is different: #xxx#keywordx#x#x

I could tell you not to share the passcodes in Hangout, Slack, Telegram and other communication software but I can’t stop you. Just remember that’s it’s not about the rewards, it’s about finding the solve.

So, Happy New Year to all of you in Eastern Russia, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Isl.:



After Action Report: NYC Special VIA NOIR Storyline Mission

It all started out with this post on the investigation board: A Clue For Tomorrow?

Aside from containing the usual daily passcodes, what it announced was much more intriguing.

It’s not too difficult to find the actual portal, but notice there has been a clock added to the portal image, indicating – combined with “evening” mentioned – a time frame between 17:00 and 19:00 local time (Sat 22:00 to Sun 00:00 UTC).

Ground teams were assembled.

Decoders and portal hunters were standing at the ready.

Then, suddenly, at 21:11 UTC the message came through: “@all Puzzles in New York missions

VIA NOIR Crossword Puzzles
(See here the original versions of the North Puzzle and South Puzzle)
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