Code Blog: A Equals What?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The puzzle has been solved.

The puzzle has indeed been solved. Maybe not in exactly the fashion I had thought it would be, but solved it has been.

And with only eleven of the bloggers discovered!

Full details (including the solution) can be found here. A computer program seemed to be the downfall of the code... dang computers, getting smarter all the time (some more discussion of the puzzle here).

My thanks to those of you who took an interest. My sincerest hopes were that it would be solved by Friday; I hope at least a few of you had some fun with it throughout the week.

The full code key, including the sites involved, is as follows:

a=x - http://www.sheilaomalley.com/
b=j - http://innerzinc.com/inneroutings/
c=m - http://www.caerdroia.org/blog/
d=h - http://technicalities.mu.nu/
e=b - http://uptowngirl.kinkyblogs.com/
f=n - http://www.balloon-juice.com/
g=u - http://www.littleredblog.com/
h=e - http://sharpmarbles.stufftoread.com/
i=q - http://www.sheilaomalley.com/
j=r - http://assurdo.blogdrive.com/
k=v - http://thundernroses.typepad.com/thunder_and_roses/
l=k - http://innerzinc.com/inneroutings/
m=z - http://www.littleredblog.com/
n=t - http://www.addlepated.net/blog/
o=c - http://vienna.metblogs.com/
p=a - http://www.kitta.net/
q=I - http://www.squandertwo.net/blog/
r=f - http://www.davidmsc.com/
originally : http://garbage.ibsz.com/
s=l - http://uptowngirl.kinkyblogs.com/
t=w - http://fairydragonfly.blogspot.com/
u=o - http://www.theartoftheblog.com/blog/
v=y - http://bookangst.blogspot.com/
w=s - http://houseogroove.com/cuppa/
x=g - http://thundernroses.typepad.com/thunder_and_roses/
y=p - http://vienna.metblogs.com/
z=d - http://www.timkelly.squarespace.com/

Now, if you follow this code key, as has been noted at the discussion board linked at the beginning of this post, it leads to a bunch of jibberish. But the phrase has been double encoded. Use the same code key again and the following sentences become clear:

"Well you have done it, congratulations to you all. I have no great piece of wisdom to bestow, no rumination to make you sit back and pause, quiet and still, in a zen-like state; this is what it is, a game. I hope you all enjoyed the journey as much as I have and thank you for playing!"

Again, I'm a little sad to see that it was a computer program that solved the code, as this whole thing started out to be more of a social experiment amongst the weblogs involved, but I can't say I'm disappointed. I'm happy even I was surprised by the outcome of it all!

Special mention goes to the blogger at addlepated.net who led the charge in getting this thing solved.

Thanks again to all who supported the idea of having a bit of fun with this here Internet. I don't know if I'll hold another game exactly like this one, but "Eddie Elgar" will be around, in some form or another, for some time to come.

And yes, the comments are open. Feedback would be awesome.

Cheers,
Eddie

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Stuck.

Some of you are stuck so I'll offer up a hint.

If you're having a hard time finding someone else, ask yourself what are you doing to make it easier for someone to find you?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Good morning bloggers.

It looks like our twentieth blogger has been contacted and is intrigued by the puzzle, if not a little confused. A few others remain missing in action and replacements may be needed for them as well before too long, but I'll update here as neccessary.

Some of you have got the right idea going on in how to go about solving this thing; I wonder how long it will take for the others to catch on.

As with any puzzle, you need to take things slowly and one step at a time. Step back and look at the big picture before focusing on the tiny details.

The solution, once known by you all, will actually appear quite simple.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Bloody Brilliant

"Hi Eddie,

I think this is a bloody brilliant idea you've hit on, and it's sad that
some people have reacted badly to it."

Sorry folks, but just after the "F you" email I got this one and had to post, if only to make myself feel a little better.

F me.

Thanks to all who have committed to playing so far. It's a unique game that hasn't been done before, so I can understand some people's hesitancy.

Everyone has been excellent so far, except one blogger who sent an email that only said, "F--- you". I guess she won't be playing. Still trying to decide whether or not to post her portion of the code or to invite someone else. Sad, too, because I really liked her blog and thought she was nicer than that.

We've definitely got enough people interested in this thing for you all to have a serious go at solving it. Good luck!

Update: The blogger in question has apologized, as have I. My comment came on a post, her most recent after I had skimmed through her archives, in which it was easily read as insensitive on my part.

If this thing succeeds, I'm learning a lot about how to improve on the launch for the next one.

The blogger in question has politely declined to participate and I have forwarded her part of the code onto another blogger.

The ten questions.

The game is afoot!

To be a little clearer on the ten questions part of the game...

Along the way there will undoubtedly be stumbling blocks that the group might need help with... for example, the person who holds the "b=?" part of the key might not be playing and you all, as a group, might need to ask me, "Does B=Q?"

I'll only answer ten such questions.

Also, you might have a really hard time finding others in the group and might need to ask me some questions to help you find them, however those questions will come out of the ten total for the game, so ask carefully!

The game may be on after all...

There are a few people trying it out, despite my initial appearances as a spammer (for which I, again, apologize...)

This thing might have wings after all...

Update: I have just emailed the thirteen of the twenty who have email addresses posted on their weblogs, hoping to set things straight (and remove any notions of the evil spammer) and get more people on board for the benefit of those who have shown an interest in playing. If you are one of the other seven and want to contact me, you have the email address. If you have deleted it, please post something on your weblog and I can respond as I will be monitoring all twenty blogs throughout the game.

Less than four hours...

Ah well... it seems more than a few of the bloggers I invited didn't want to play and took my comment on their blog as spam, which, technically speaking, I guess it was. Apologies to them, but it was all part of the game I had thought up; the code bits being placed in your comments were supposed to help you all find each other, which was why I commented rather than emailed you.

Just thought this would be a fun idea is all. I really am sorry if anyone thought I was a serious spammer.

So much for codeblog... those invited who remain interested are still free to play but without those who aren't playing, it's unlikely you'll be able to solve the puzzle.

Another Internet experiment meets it's end!

The Game Begins

Twenty bloggers have been chosen to try and break this code, a simple letter substitution code. Fourteen have received one part of the code key, six have received two.

They will need everyone before this is all over.

As far as I can tell there are no pre-existing connections between the bloggers chosen, but I will say that no first-time blogger has been chosen. Everyone involved has had his or her blog up for at least three months.

During the game I will answer only ten "yes or no" questions. This is a total between all of you, so you'll have to decide if it's worth asking your question before you find your fellow codebloggers. I may or may not post the questions here and I also reserve the right to answer with "I cannot answer", in which case you will not be charged a question. The bloggers involved have been made privy to my email address and can reach me there for their questions. Remember, "yes or no" questions only, please.

And now, the code.

The words have been compressed to thwart any attempts to guess the answer according to the number of letters in each word, but punctuation has been left intact to serve as markers.

The game begins now. Have fun with it.

ndwwkgxzyldmgrdif,ugrabyfxwyfigrtrgkgxyww.
izyldrgabdyfvidudgjnitmgofghdtfgn,rgbxoiryfigrfgoysdkgxtifhyusyrmvyxtd
qxidfyrmtfiww,irycdr-wisdtfyfd;fzititnzyfifit,
yayod.izgvdkgxywwdregkdmfzdegxbrdkytoxuz ytizyldyrmfzyrskgxjgbvwykira!