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Looking Through the Looking Glass (Posted on 2004-05-04) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Asdi qPraadhm slHoksbrpqoaaksncjsgekve qpoIlakn ckdcEocoxoelqkxopsdr awkadFonaksd qwkasoDm Asja fKjffdarfodufuiisdst. asjwHejhowfahuxt cbuAwogm iaSi wkbiDixn akeEdafncvuggudlhusiqwxshoxh?

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Philosophy and "too much information" | Comment 7 of 11 |

The way I see it, some of the problems on perplexus are relatively straightforward, and we try to give a complete elegant solution.  Other problems, like this one, are inherently non obvious, so we all put in our 2 cents worth in order to help everyone in the group move ahead with a solution.   If I am wrong in this, perhaps Levik can set me straight.   I only say this because I'm not sure if VZ gave us a clue in quotation marks, or if he told me that I am full of crap.  For the moment, let's assume it's the former.   At the risk of being labelled (and libelled) here are a few more one cent comments:

The position of the Capital letter in the word is:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 5 4 3 5 4
A P H I E F D A K H A S D E
this could be some kind of key

The Capitals could be the beginning of each word.  If so, either the spaces could be just another character; or more likely each word could be shifted:  ie the second word "qPraadhm" perhaps is really "Praadhmq"

2 letters, or even 4 letters could stand for one letter

it seems to me there are more double letters than I would expect from a random sequence.

Also  "AS" and "QP" seem to occur together a lot.  Perhaps a frequency count of individual letters and also of letter pairs might be useful.

Also, here is the text of Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking Glass:
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/metastuff/looking/lookingdir.html

(edited to correct the web address)

Edited on May 8, 2004, 8:50 am
  Posted by Larry on 2004-05-05 00:11:57

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