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Nihixul

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PostPosted: 03 Apr 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: "Comparison" Code Reply with quote

While reading the tips for beginners, I came across the entry for this. I wasn't sure exactly what the explanation was saying, which is embarrassing considering I am a mathematician. It was just a bit vague about the actual "comparison" involved. I tried googling things which might describe it, but to no avail. Sad

So, could someone explain to this poor soul what exactly this means? Smile
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SparkPlug

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PostPosted: 03 Apr 2006 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Googling the name probably wouldn't help.

Basically, it is where Letters are mapped to the alphabet, some simple sums are played on those numbers, then the results converted back to letters.

For example: XDLGHVCZUC

Taking the differences between adjacent letters will reveal the answer.

PS: That has not been playtested so may contain errors Laughing
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Nihixul

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PostPosted: 03 Apr 2006 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh! I see.

Although that particular puzzle would have stymied me for a bit, as I was taking subtraction modulo 26, i.e. D-L = 4-12 = -8 = 18 = R. Smile

Thanks for the explanation. Thumbs Up
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SparkPlug

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PostPosted: 03 Apr 2006 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not uncommon for these type of puzzles to require mod-26 Wink
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vkapadia

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PostPosted: 06 Apr 2006 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SparkPlug wrote:
XDLGHVCZUC


treylscer? that cant be right.

May Peace come to all...
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groza528

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PostPosted: 06 Apr 2006 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely not Wink
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Rosie Ragdoll

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PostPosted: 06 Apr 2006 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SparkPlug wrote:
Basically, it is where Letters are mapped to the alphabet, some simple sums are played on those numbers, then the results converted back to letters.

For example: XDLGHVCZUC

Taking the differences between adjacent letters will reveal the answer.

PS: That has not been playtested so may contain errors Laughing


I took the liberty of playtesting it - it's fine Laughing

Rosie
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Titanium22

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PostPosted: 06 Apr 2006 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie Ragdoll wrote:
I took the liberty of playtesting it - it's fine Laughing

Ah - but do you know what it is...? Laughing Very Happy


T22
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PostPosted: 06 Apr 2006 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes - she used the title Wink
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Rosie Ragdoll

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PostPosted: 06 Apr 2006 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Titanium22 wrote:
Rosie Ragdoll wrote:
I took the liberty of playtesting it - it's fine Laughing

Ah - but do you know what it is...? Laughing Very Happy


Well the answer I found fitted perfectly with the example and as SparkPlug would never expect us to find some obscure answer I'm assuming it is correct. I suppose though as an official playtester I should check my answer with the master - one pm on it's way Smile

Rosie

It has been confirmed Smile
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