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Here’s #2 (solved):

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The plaintext of cryptogram #2 reads as follows:

I have deposited in the county of Bedford, about four miles from Buford’s, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the surface of the ground, the following articles, belonging jointly to the parties whose names are given in number three, herewith:

The first deposit consisted of ten hundred and fourteen pounds of gold, and thirty-eight hundred and twelve pounds of silver, deposited Nov. eighteen nineteen. The second was made Dec. eighteen twenty-one, and consisted of nineteen hundred and seven pounds of gold, and twelve hundred and eighty-eight of silver; also jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange to save transportation, and valued at thirteen thousand dollars.

The above is securely packed in iron pots, with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined with stone, and the vessels rest on solid stone, and are covered with others. Paper number one describes the exact locality of the vault, so that no difficulty will be had in finding it.

This cleartext was encrypted using a substitution table based on the United States Declaration of Independence.

Here’s Beale cryptogram #3 (unsolved):

317 8 92 73 112 89 67 318 28 96107 41 631 78 146 397 118 98 114 246 348 116 74 88 12 65 32 14 81 19 76 121 216 85 33 66 15 108 68 77 43 24 122 96 117 36 211 301 15 44 11 46 89 18 136 68 317 28 90 82 304 71 43 221 198 176 310 319 81 99 264 380 56 37 319 2 44 53 28 44 75 98 102 37 85 107 117 64 88 136 48 151 99 175 89 315 326 78 96 214 218 311 43 89 51 90 75 128 96 33 28 103 84 65 26 41 246 84 270 98 116 32 59 74 66 69 240 15 8 121 20 77 89 31 11 106 81 191 224 328 18 75 52 82 117 201 39 23 217 27 21 84 35 54 109 128 49 77 88 1 81 217 64 55 83 116 251 269 311 96 54 32 120 18 132 102 219 211 84 150 219 275 312 64 10 106 87 75 47 21 29 37 81 44 18 126 115 132 160 181 203 76 81 299 314 337 351 96 11 28 97 318 238 106 24 93 3 19 17 26 60 73 88 14 126 138 234 286 297 321 365 264 19 22 84 56 107 98 123 111 214 136 7 33 45 40 13 28 46 42 107 196 227 344 198 203 247 116 19 8 212 230 31 6 328 65 48 52 59 41 122 33 117 11 18 25 71 36 45 83 76 89 92 31 65 70 83 96 27 33 44 50 61 24 112 136 149 176 180 194 143 171 205 296 87 12 44 51 89 98 34 41 208 173 66 9 35 16 95 8 113 175 90 56 203 19 177 183 206 157 200 218 260 291 305 618 951 320 18 124 78 65 19 32 124 48 53 57 84 96 207 244 66 82 119 71 11 86 77 213 54 82 316 245 303 86 97 106 212 18 37 15 81 89 16 7 81 39 96 14 43 216 118 29 55 109 136 172 213 64 8 227 304 611 221 364 819 375 128 296 1 18 53 76 10 15 23 19 71 84 120 134 66 73 89 96 230 48 77 26 101 127 936 218 439 178 171 61 226 313 215 102 18 167 262 114 218 66 59 48 27 19 13 82 48 162 119 34 127 139 34 128 129 74 63 120 11 54 61 73 92 180 66 75 101 124 265 89 96 126 274 896 917 434 461 235 890 312 413 328 381 96 105 217 66 118 22 77 64 42 12 7 55 24 83 67 97 109 121 135 181 203 219 228 256 21 34 77 319 374 382 675 684 717 864 203 4 18 92 16 63 82 22 46 55 69 74 112 134 186 175 119 213 416 312 343 264 119 186 218 343 417 845 951 124 209 49 617 856 924 936 72 19 28 11 35 42 40 66 85 94 112 65 82 115 119 236 244 186 172 112 85 6 56 38 44 85 72 32 47 63 96 124 217 314 319 221 644 817 821 934 922 416 975 10 22 18 46 137 181 101 39 86 103 116 138 164 212 218 296 815 380 412 460 495 675 820 952

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Kommentare (11)

  1. #1 Marc
    20. März 2017

    This is a Level X Challenge on http://www.mysterytwisterc3.org.
    It seems someone has solved it (Seth Kintigh) ?

  2. #2 Klaus Schmeh
    20. März 2017

    @Marc
    Thanks for mentioning this. Here’s the link to the Beale challenge (as you see, I’m the author of it): https://www.mysterytwisterc3.org/images/challenges/mtc3-schmeh-04-beale-en.pdf

    >It seems someone has solved it (Seth Kintigh)
    Seth has has handed in a link to Jim Gillogly’s paper, which gives strong evidence that cryptogram #1 is a hoax. Of course, this is not a solution, but the MTC3 team awarded him a few points.

  3. #3 Klaus Schmeh
    20. März 2017

    Bart Wenmeckers via Facebook:

    I have not looked i to these but i know some people are VERY passionate about this subject.

  4. #4 Klaus Schmeh
    20. März 2017

    Richard SantaColoma via Facebook:

    I like that you came right out of the box, and call this one like it is. Surprisingly there still are many who still present it as a real possibility… and I was actually going to use it as an example as persistence of hope overcoming simple common sense.

  5. #5 Jim
    21. März 2017

    If the Voynich Ms. is someday shown to be a hoax, I think *it* would be a strong contender for the greatest one.

    I agree with Richard that it’s refreshing to see plain talking on this one!

  6. #6 Peter
    Winterthur
    21. März 2017

    My private garden mole gave me a hint:
    You should always be aware, that all those
    treasure hunters help to aerate the compacted
    soil, main problem of our suffering breed, he said.
    Must I say more, he asked and twinkled with
    one eye…

  7. #7 Nick Pelling
    http://www.ciphermysteries.com/
    22. März 2017

    Klaus: respectfully, I think you’ve called this one wrong. There is a world of difference between asserting (a) that the story in the Beale Papers are fake and (b) asserting that the ciphers in the Beale Papers are fake.

    Though there is reasonably good evidence that a good proportion (though quite how much is a very tricky question) of the story is indeed fake – I prefer to think of it as “optimistically back-filled” after the event by one or more treasure-hunters – I think that the Gillogly strings point very strongly to there being some kind of genuine plaintext, though obviously not using exactly the same encryption scheme as the deciphered part.

    You say “Even if the Beale cryptograms will never lead to a hidden treasure, there is still a chance that they can be broken” – but if you accept that they can be broken, you should also accept that you have no idea of why they were encrypted in the first place.

  8. #8 Klaus Schmeh
    23. März 2017

    James Simpson via Facebook:

    No Klaus, “They” won’t find it…..a man of the Union will…..

  9. #9 Klaus Schmeh
    23. März 2017

    Bart Wenmeckers via Facebook:

    See :p

  10. #10 Lidia
    POLAND- GDYNIA
    5. Oktober 2017

    Szyfry BEALE. Informacja.
    Rok temu złamałam 3 szyfry liczbowe BEALE : “71”, “115”, “317”. Na podstawie 3 szyfrów BEALE narysowałam 3 duże mapy format A-3 na papierze w kratkę. Według moich map skarb konfederatów znajduje się aktualnie w stanie Massachusetts. Oto moje mapy:
    1/ szyfr 71- region Revere Boston
    2/ szyfr 115 – miasto New Bedford Mass
    3/ szyfr 317- mapa stanu Massachusetts. Pozdrawiam serdecznie Leokadia Janiszewska Gdynia, POLAND. Adres e-mail: leokadiaarent@gmail.com. Data : 5.10.2017.