Below is a 13-letter phrase with no repeated letters and its space removed, and below it is placed the remaining 13 letters of the alphabet in alphabetic order:
It can be used to make a code so that vertically touching letters substitute, mutually, for one another, such as coding GROVEL as BQEWOH. The phrase PUBLICSERVANT was the key used in this encoding.
Below are the plain text and encoded text of three words, encoded using the same type of scheme, but using a different 13-letter phrase with no repeated letters rather than PUBLICSERVANT.
SYMBOL TEETHE WIZARD
VNPCHQ ETTEOT JXGUFK
What was the 13-letter phrase that formed the key to this encoding?
From the 2019 Mensa 365 Brain Puzzlers for 2019 calendar, puzzle for March 5, by Fraser Simpson, Workman Publishing, New York, NY.
I found this one challenging (probably because I am poor at seeing word patterns). After listing the 26 pairs alphabetically, I used a powerful anagram server to find all words present in the leftmost and rightmost 12 pairs (about 9000, 3000). This was helped by seeing "ing" at the end on the right, and also was saved by the fact the phrase had only two words. I wrote some code to sort for "legal" words on left and right such that the unused letters maintained alphabetical order and next insured that the two words shared no letters and totaled 13 letters.
Edited on March 13, 2019, 2:55 am