# Thrilla in Manila: Who can solve this crypto puzzle from the Philippines?

A reader from the Philippines has asked me for help. Can somebody solve the crypto puzzle he is currently working on?

Klausis Krypto Kolumne is a truly international blog. My readers come from Germany, the USA and virtually every other country in the world. Now for the first time, a reader from the Philippines has contacted me. His name is Matt, he lives in the capital Manila.

Matt is taking part in some game (I call it “Thrilla in Manila”, sorry for the corny joke) and his current task is to solve a cryptogram. It doesn’t look like an easy one. Maybe one of my readers can solve it anyway.

### The Revel Compact

Matt has sent me nine pictures. The first one refers to the Revel Compact, a bar that is described on its Facebook site as follows: “A Secret Revolving Bar that throws the best parties. Strictly by invite only. Parties never in the same area.”

As it seems, the Revel Compact is so secret that it is not even publicly known where it is located. Maybe the solution of the cryptogram will tell us.

The second picture shows a number of business cards with some words marked. These cards might contain information that helps to solve the cryptogram.

The next picture gives a few instructions on how to decipher the cryptogram:

### The cryptogram

The cryptogram is spread to six sheets.

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

### How to solve it?

According to the instructions given on one of the pictures, we need “poly” to solve this cryptogram. “poly” might refer to a polyalphabetic cipher, e.g., the Vigenère cipher. Do the words marked on the business cards serve as keys for the encrypted text? I don’t know.

If you can solve this cryptogram from the Philippines or if you have some other clue, please leave a comment. Matt and I would be pleased to learn the solution to this puzzle.

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## Kommentare (14)

1. #1 Marc
9. August 2017

Klaus hat recht mit Vigenere. Der Schlüssel scheint hier “ROADSTREETEXECUTIVESMITHCITY” zu sein. Der Textanfang #5 ZTYRM . . . beginnt dann mit IFYOU. Also, viel Vergnügen beim munteren weiterentschlüsseln

2. #2 TWO
9. August 2017

i think #2 glues to #5 horizontally

3. #3 TWO
9. August 2017

i get as far as :

if you are if i am re pa ing txis txat means

any transcripts of the cryptext available?

Ulli borrowed my reading glasses

4. #4 Marc
9. August 2017

@TWO
“re pa ing” is “reading”

5. #5 Marc
9. August 2017

Es funktioniert, die erste Textzeile (#5+#2) ist :
ZT YRM TII MY M XQ TYTLDRY FPBZ VPTR DSAQK
Die ergibt entschlüsselt :
IF YOU ARE . . . IF I AM READING THIS, THAT MEANS

6. #6 TWO
9. August 2017

@marc I know.

This is not a contest but a party invitation ….

Let others discover something too…..

7. #7 Thomas
9. August 2017

The beginning of the third paragraph:

MY MEMORIES OF THE PAST EVENTS ARE FADING ODDLY. THE GAPS OF MY MEMORY SEEM TO HAVE STARTED TWO…THREE DAYS AGO?

The beginning of the fourth paragraph:

I LEFT SOMETHING AT REVEL COMPACT AND INSTRUCTED THEIR CUSTOMERSERVICE TO GIVE IT TO …

8. #8 Thomas
10. August 2017

Thanks to Marc! (Two words in line 2 are still missing)

IF YOU ARE.. IF I AM READING WHAT THAT MEANS (?) AND (?) CONTACTED ME ALREADY.

IT ALSO MEANS I STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO COMPLETE THE MISSION.

MY MEMORIES OF THE PAST EVENTS ARE FADING ODDLY. THE GAPS OF MY MEMORY SEEM TO HAVE STARTED TWO…THREE DAYS AGO? I DRANK SOMETHING AFTER TAKING A SELFIE. I THINK ROYAL. NO IT WAS NOT ORANGE. SALTY SWEET. SOMETHING IN IT IS CAUSING ME TO FORGET. WHICH IS WHY I AM LEAVING REMINDERS OF MYSELF.

I LEFT SOMETHING AT REVEL COMPACT AND INSTRUCTED THEIR CUSTOMERSERVICE TO GIVE IT TO ME ONLY WHEN I ASK FOR IT. I SHOULD CONTACT THEIR FBPAGE. HOPE I STILL HAVE THE FLYER.

WHY DID I DECIDE TO JOIN THIS STUPID AGENCY? I SHOULD HAVE JUST PLAYED A BREAKOUT ROOM INSTEAD.

9. #9 Thomas
10. August 2017

Can anyone decipher “CYIQTMJE and ZVRVK” in line 2?

10. #10 Marc
10. August 2017

@Thomas #9
“Jhemaima and Randy”

11. #11 Thomas
10. August 2017

Oh, I see, names! I thought it were gibberish.

12. #12 Klaus Schmeh
10. August 2017

@Marc, TWO, Thomas: Thank you very much for solving this cryptogram! Great job!

13. #13 TWO
11. August 2017

It is Marc who solved this….