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Edgar Allen Poe Crypto Challenge solved!

By Latrell Sprewell in News
Thu Oct 19, 2000 at 02:01:58 AM EST
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The Edgar Allen Poe Crypto Challenge has been officially solved by Gil Broza of Toronto, Canada. Read the press release from the contest sponsor (Bokler software) or the solution details (.pdf).


The Edgar Allen Poe Crypto Challenge has been officially solved by Gil Broza of Toronto, Canada. Here's some background from the Challenge page:

Poe was fascinated by cryptography, which he often treated in his journalism and fiction. His most famous story - "The Gold-Bug" - centers on the solution to a cipher, which turns out to be a map to hidden pirate treasure, and he concealed anagrams and hidden messages in many of his poems. In 1839 Poe even conducted his own cryptographic challenge. Writing in Alexander's Weekly Messenger, Poe challenged his readers to submit their cryptographs to him, asserting that he would solve them all. A year later Poe wrote an article for Graham's Magazine entitled "A Few Words on Secret Writing". In it, he offered to give a free subscription to the magazine to anyone who would send him a cipher he could not crack. Poe ended the contest six months later, claiming to have solved all of the 100 legitimate ciphers sent to him, and complaining that cracking ciphers consumed time he should have spent writing fiction - a luxury Poe could ill afford. He concluded by publishing two ciphers ostensibly sent in by "Mr. W. B. Tyler," praising their author as "a gentleman whose abilities we highly respect" and challenging readers to solve them. Many scholars believe Tyler to really be Poe.

Read the press release from the contest sponsor (Bokler software) or the solution details (.pdf).

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idle ruminations (3.25 / 4) (#3)
by _cbj on Thu Oct 19, 2000 at 07:44:13 AM EST

Odd time of the year, all these crypto challenges being solved at once. First the Eternity puzzle, then Singh's Code Book, now this. A veritable renaissance of amateur interest in the art, lest I'm mistaken. Good-oh.

That was cool! (3.00 / 2) (#4)
by ramses0 on Thu Oct 19, 2000 at 07:25:11 PM EST

That was a really cool little article, very interesting to read. Thanks for sharing :^)=

--Robert
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