The human desire to hide something competes with our desire to reveal something. Mystery texts always arise when an inventive author hides the key to understanding a new writing method, but mystery texts always go viral when the code indicates that the key is easy to restore. Maybe the author is alive and deliberately withholding information, or maybe the key of the past seems to be completely lost.
Cunning readers already know many unresolved mystery writings from the past, such as the Voynich manuscript and the Phaestos disc, and the treasury. Hunting codes of the present, such as the cryptos cipher sculpture, which was recently updated with the reference "Berlin clock". Now you can test your discovery skills against a new table that lists ten more of the most compelling unresolved codes and ciphers ever hidden, with supernatural or global background stories. Their rewards, described below, include buried treasures, rewritten stories, and even mystical insights into the universe.
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10 Faust's Magic Disc
Dmitri Borgmann, pioneer of linguistics, successfully cracked many codes, but in his pivotal work " Beyond Language ”left two“ Bafflers ”. In addition to the French government's unfathomable formula for pricing, Borgmann asked for help in solving the mystery text that Rembrandt saw in "Faust in his study, a magic disc" (around 1652, with prints by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pierpont Morgan Library ) has etched. , Rembrandt's glowing disc contains "INRI" in the middle and (clockwise from the southeast to the outside) "ADAM + TE + DAGERAM / AMRTET + ALGAR + ALGASTNA". The text remains an “indecipherable anagram”,  although “INRI” is usually understood to mean the inscription on the cross of Jesus.
Borgmann suggests the "certainly irrelevant" occurrence of AMSTERDAM, Rembrandt's home, in the outer letters, and some "most unrelated" Latin anagrams: "ADAM is a cyclical implementation of DAMA (& # 39; fallow deer & # 39;). " The 20th century mystic Samael Aun Weor used the same text and made it" adam te dageram "amrtet algar algas tinah", as an inscription for a magic mirror.  However, he only seems to recycle the text that Borgmann suspects from Rembrandt's neighbor Samuel Menasseh ben Israel, who had deep occult interests  and is married to the rabbinical Abarbanel family. Is ADAM plain text or is INRI part of the anagram? Should we rely on partial anagrams like Meradag (Mordechai), Graal or Satan that have any meaning? Borgmann concludes playfully: “The anagram … remains a Kabbalistic puzzle. Are you inspired to try it yourself? “
9 The First Book of Cicada 3301
Cicada 3301, anonymous editor of Challenge Data Texts, is controversial enough to require its own article. The Washington Post ranked the organization among the five "scariest" Internet secrets.  For three years, Cicada 3301 claimed to use complex data encryption puzzles to recruit the best code breakers most interested in data protection. It was not surprising that very few successful solvers announced what they had learned about the organization, even though the victorious "recruits" were apparently tasked with developing novel online data protection tasks ("First Book") Completely written in runes in 2014 and covered with a hand that holds a compass in the traditional triangular pose. Approximately half of the text has been resolved, beginning with the words: "A Warning: Don't Believe In This Book"; but solvers were desperate to regain more solutions or something more significant. Suddenly, in 2016, a single tweet was released that bore the same digital signature that confirmed its origins in Cicada 3301, saying that “Liber Primus is the way”.  To date, the unknown rewards for solving Cicada are claimed. The toughest challenges remain unanswered.
8 Swift's Small Languages
Like the musician Edward Elgar  the author Jonathan Swift often experimented with improvised coding in his art, especially in "Gulliver's Travels" and the posthumous "Diary to Stella". Lemuel Gulliver is often understood as a play on words for "gullible" (even if Lemuel is unsuitably known as a nickname for Solomon). The countries he visits, Lilliput and Brobdingnag, sound like "small" and "big". On a deeper level, Isaac Asimov speculated on many of Swift's etymologies and  considered the government-imposed "Lindalino" of Swift to be a "double" and therefore represented the city of Dublin, which Swift regarded as similarly inspired. Above all, the invented word "Yahoo", which was taken as an insult but is now a dominant search engine, is probably a falsification of the divine name "Yahweh". 
Much work has gone into understanding a collection of Swift's letters to close friend Esther Johnson, published as "A Journal to Stella". Like the name Stella itself (taken for Esther), the letters are often full of nonce language, which includes an irregular set of phonetic and linguistic changes that Johnson believes Swift would understand.  This “small language” often resembles baby talk, which is not fully resolved. Swift's "word scribbles" are so diverse in these and other works that, despite previous scientific efforts, there is still a lot to explore. 
7 Serafinis Uncyclopedia
Inspired by The Medieval Voynich Manuscript, which the architect Luigi Serafini wrote and published in two volumes in 1981, was an enormous encyclopedic work. The pictures that Hofstadter describes in one sentence as “grotesque and disturbing… beautiful and visionary” begin with the famous cover picture of a couple, who methodically transforms into an alligator. 
Many years later Serafini has "outclassed" his literary work as the same as automatic writing, although many regularities in the Codex script, such as page numbering, have been discovered.  Is the work only to be understood as absurdism? Fantasy universe without linguistic content, or is there a meaning inherent in the supposedly “automatic” text? Readers are still debating!
6 The Holy Code of Rohonc
Until 1838 Count Gusztav Batthyany had collected countless books from all over the world in his house, the Rohonc Castle (today Rechnitz, Austria). A great many of them were donated to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which soon discovered that a codex of almost undetectable origin was full of incomprehensible characters, which some contemporaries regarded as meaningless fraud. Unlike most other unresolved codes, the "images are almost primitive … and the codes are not particularly decorative".  As a further complication, the cipher alphabet contains at least 100 to 200 characters, which are often confused, and no one is sure. Which original language could have been used?
A reference could appear in the catalog of the Batthyany Library from 1743, in which an entry means "Hungarian prayers in one volume, duodecimo size".  Works by Gabor Tokai and Levente Zoltan Kiraly appear to be approaching some characters from 2010-2011 that represent New Testament books and chapters, while some illustrations recount the Passion of Christ.  Although this work appears promising, it cannot offer more structure than the page numbers of Serafini's much more elaborate Codex. Does Rohonc show more "certain piety" than Serafini? Time has to show it.
5 Hal Gashtan's microcosm
"In July 1984 an envelope was placed in the room shown above …" reads the teaser from "Microcosm", a psychedelically illustrated treasure book by "Hal Gashtan". and promised the decoder of the name in the envelope one thousand pounds. Two magazines, "Creative Computing" (America) and "Your Computer" (Great Britain), sponsored this simple-looking BASIC language programming contest because they thought it might briefly challenge PC users in the 1980s. Simply add the correct sentences from the lyrics of the book to one of the specified 20-letter keys using the decryption tool provided, and the answers lead to the phone number and secret name. 
Unfortunately, Lazy Summer Books (now YouCaxton Publications) has underestimated the associated permutative challenge far beyond that of the typical BASIC PC. Each of the thirteen keys requires thirteen correct choices from sixteen choices (many trillion combinations) before an unspecified final combination of the thirteen solutions is required. Two notices were later published by "Your Computer": George Washington and computer names.  In the latter case, the correct 13 computers were found, which, however, only led to the first solution text "FIND THIRTEEN NOT ME" and left it unclear whether this was actually one of the last thirteen texts. The author has disappeared and the illustrator (possibly Nigel Mynheer) has not appeared. In short, no internet solution team has ever teamed up, and neither brute force nor an intuitive solution have ever been successfully used against the mysterious author.
4 Pink Floyd & # 39; s Publius
In a better known puzzle marketing campaign, Pink Floyd's album "Division Bell" apparently failed and was released in 1984 to promote a world tour. The title of the album was suggested by author Douglas Adams, the tempting head sculptures of the cover were photographed in front of Ely Cathedral, and graphic designer Storm Thorgerson provided additional nervous, discontinuous album covers. During the tour, an anonymized internet person named Publius suggested on Usenet that there was a riddle within the album in which “there is a central purpose and a designed solution…. A unique price was concealed. “On July 16, 1994, Publius predicted that Pink Floyd would verify the existence of the puzzle that took place on the 18th when programmable stage lights briefly displayed the words“ PUBLIUS ENIGMA ”during the band's last US event. 
Despite further confirmations and Internet information, no convincing solution appeared, no prize was awarded, and the riddle continues to fascinate fans today. The lighting designer Marc Brickman announced in 1995 that he had programmed the repeated "ENIGMA" lights on behalf of band manager Steve O & # 39; Rourke, who conveyed Brickman's idea of an internet presence to "a guy from Washington DC … in the encryption game".  Drummer Nick Mason later explained that an EMI Records employee with encryption experience who also worked for President Reagan designed the puzzle and the price was immaterial forest ”.  The alleged solutions include references to single or double 11s and the author of PubliusEnigma.blog, who claims to be the intended solution, and explains that the album regularly refers to itself. 
3 Rich Masonic Mnemonics
If that weren't enough, our three top codes all refer to known Masonic links. In 1981, the employees of the still young puzzle magazine “Games” (in their first spin-off “The Four-Star Puzzler”) asked for “help in solving the riddle” of a coded book from 1860. Apart from its strong title “Written Mnemonic: Based on Numerous Examples from moral philosophy, science and religion ”, the book consists essentially of left letter grids versus right number grids. The “puzzler” also reproduced a back cover diagram showing the number of triads for divisions I-III of the book (the book says this in plain text, eg “DIVISION I. – MORAL PHILOSOPHY”), whereby the first number is even (like a left page number) and the other two are often "1 1" (like a reminder). The "puzzler" speculated that it contained civil war codes, but never got the full follow-up report from its editors, which was slated for future release. 
Several other copies of the book were on the Internet; They usually have the names of the owners and dates from the 1860s on the front page and the same mysterious cards. The basic purpose of the book has been generalized: it is "an example of a Masonic ritual cipher … that can be read if you have the key to decrypt it."  1931 was described by a bricklayer named Ray Denslow detailed the method in "The Masonic Conservators", now a public domain work. The three departments represented the first three degrees of Freemasonry ("moral philosophy" means "apprentice"), the letters and numbers were a book code ("T 9" means "the"), and the table of contents showed the rituals involved ("Kong "Means" Gather ". The author was Rob Morris, a bricklayer who created the Conservator Movement to ensure the consistency of the Masonic lecture texts. He started with great approval, but his method became later in the 1860s rejected because it contained omissions and errors and came too close to disclosing sworn secrets.  Could it be localized or reconstructed, would an early source of authentic Masonic rituals be disclosed to the public?
2 Secrets of … Michael Stadther  Inspired by Kit Williams & # 39; "Masquerade", the author Michael Stadther published a successful one Puzzle book "A Treasure & # 39; s Trove", 2004, for "children of all ages". Clues led the solvers to locations in fourteen state parks where tokens had been hidden. In 2005, Stadther redeemed these brands by donating fourteen million dollar jewels to hunters in the Today show.  Solvers was looking forward to his second book, "Secrets of the Alchemist Dar" (2006), which was illustrated in an even more wasteful and confusing way. There were one hundred tokens with a redemption value of two million dollars in diamonds.
It is clear that "The Alchemist Dar" was just an anagram of "Michael Stadther", but completely unclear how the hundred places can be found, like Stadther & # 39; s The company had gone bankrupt in 2007 before the hunt could be completed so that no official Dar withdrawals have taken place. In 2012, Stadther promised to publish information until the solution was complete, "although there is no way for someone to win a ring." For example, Stadther says of the mysterious language in his book: "Hest is English"; but these clues didn't help.  Stadther died in Coronado, California in 2018 and took many secrets with him. Why were two texts in connection with Freemasons in the book "100 Puzzles, Clues, Maps, Exciting Stories and Stories about True Treasures" published in 2004, the 90 foot deep stone of Oak Island and the Beale cipher number 2 and 3 ? "If the book was meant to" make you think about treasures "and help you recognize Stadther's own hunting tips?" 
1 Cole's Solution for Beales Cipher
Readers know that "The Beale Papers" was a money-making booklet in 1885; It was published (and probably written) by James B. Ward, who became a bricklayer in 1863 (during the Conservator era). The booklet told the possibly invented story of a Thomas J. Beale who hid tons of gold and silver in Bedford County, Virginia in the 1820s. It seductively contained three cipher texts, one of which was presented as already easily solvable, a simple book cipher based on the declaration of independence and describing the content of the treasure. The other two, unresolved, described the place and heirs.  Cryptos solver Jim Gillogly later pointed out that the first cipher (localization of the treasure) contained a highly improbable alphabetical sequence; he supports a prank interpretation, but recognizes the possibility that "another encryption level (e.g. the removal of zeros) must be removed". 
The tripod website BealeSolved claimed that the safe was found in 2001, provided photos and presented complete solutions to the numbers one and three, but found that nothing was left of the original treasure was. The solutions, however, were not expected to be book ciphers, as identical numbers repeatedly resulted in different alleged plain texts and no solution method was given; Solver Daniel Cole died during the hunt in 2001. A Masonic background, including "very high grade", was "a bond" between Cole and his treasure hunt colleague Gary Hutchinson.  The BealeSolved site was compiled by SWN in 2001. probably Steven Ninichuck, the third member of the team. Ninichuck and Hutchinson reported to Michael Stadther that they had solved everything correctly, but had only been beaten to the limit. But why did Ninichuck post a non-verifiable solution next to Vigenere systems with the keys "blue" and "point-to-point"? Why did Hutchinson say that a former hunter for “T. J. "Beales gold became unlikely" G. W. Hunt ”? Why did Stadther say the solution was "decrypted … from a Masonic ritual"? How did Cole compose his own manuscript, if not with something like written mnemonics? as Stadther asks: "When will we see how the local number was broken?"
About the author: John J. Bulten was a puzzle editor for the independent news network WND, inventor of the 3-D crossword puzzle, and the best Scrabble player in Florida.