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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:52 PM

Below is a set of 10 related words which have been
encripted using a letter substitution code (as in a
standard cryptogram), and placed into the two small
crisscross grids shown. Four words read across and
six words read down. The object is to decode the
grids.

+TUI+T++
+O+PNOP+
+P+++P++
+++OUNOP
+++++O++
+++++P++

++C+Y
+HGRB
+++L+
+++B+


Here are two hints:

1. The longest word in the grid (TOPNOP), when decoded,
has a second meaning having nothing to do with the other
words in the grid. This other meaning could be expressed
as 1/2 NOPOBUOBU + 1/2 TOPOAEB. (These words are
encrypted with the same alphabet as the words in the grids.)
In a very different way, TOPNOP = 1/2 TOP + 1/2 YB.

2. If the 15 different letters that appear in the decoded
grid words and decoded hint words are placed in
alphabetical order and then reencrypted using the same
alphabet that they had been encrypted with before, they will
spell a 15-letter word that appears in the English Wiktionary.

Note on the origin of this puzzle:
This is very nearly a verbatim statement of a contest
on page 76 of the July, 2012 issue of GAMES magazine.
The deadline for entering this contest (July 31, 2012) has
passed.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

Spoiler for #2

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:35 PM

Can you confirm these are the 10 words in the puzzle grids?

IP
TUI
TOP
PNOP
OUNOP
TOPNOP

CG
YB
RLB
HGRB

I've only found one set of words that fit TOPNOP, TOP, PNOP and OUNOP. But it doesn't fit #2 and starts to fall apart at TUI and IP.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:03 PM

Can you confirm these are the 10 words in the puzzle grids?

IP
TUI
TOP
PNOP
OUNOP
TOPNOP

CG
YB
RLB
HGRB

I've only found one set of words that fit TOPNOP, TOP, PNOP and OUNOP. But it doesn't fit #2 and starts to fall apart at TUI and IP.

Yes, those are the words in the grids. It's part of the puzzle to figure out what's going on here.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:28 PM

Spoiler for I can't find any word that works for TOPNOP...

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:41 PM

Spoiler for I can't find any word that works for TOPNOP...

Spoiler for a little nudge of a hint

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