# secret message... i just cant figure it out! help!

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ok, my friend told me had a secret and that it was hidden in this message:

022902300248019701980216

the only hint he gave me was that the 0's were dividers.

i thought i figured it out, but he told me i was wrong...

here's what i got

a +1 +18 -51 pattern

and if u hold alt and type the #'s (including 0's) on aim it makes a pattern

i have NO IDEA! anybody got any better ideas??

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åæøÅÆØ is what it gets by doing Alt- and four numbers.

Basically three symbols, and then the same in caps.

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that's what my guess was, but he said it was wrong...

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æ, ø and å are three vowels that are used in the Norwegian and the Danish writing systems. In Norwegian, 'æ' equals the vowel in 'cat' or 'plait', the 'ø' is more or less equal to the vowel in 'rough' or 'tough', and the 'å' equals the 'aw' in 'drawer' or the 'o' in organ.

We have got 02 29 02 30 02 48 01 97 01 98 02 16, or possibly (by 0 being dividers) 229 230 248 197 198 216. But you have already seen that.

Makes Σµ° ┼╞ ╪ any sense to you?

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There are two 0's side by side.

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i have no idea what any of you are talking about

you're too clever!

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I think this has gone on long enough.

We must become more creative to solve this puzzle.

Can you kidnap a pet from the originator of the puzzle and extort the answer out of him that way?

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• 2 months later...

Maybe it can be solved by using a matrix?

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229 230 248 197 198 216

It looks like 8-bit binary... i thought it might be ASCII, but putting "(number);" gives å æ ø Å Æ Ø again.

and if u hold alt and type the #'s (including 0's) on aim it makes a pattern

does the same on vb... is that directly imputting ascii?

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• 4 weeks later...

wow that is tough. as i have absolutely zero knowledge of computer code i'll just stick with math... i've come up with a few alphabetical results but they are all jibberish. "M E O R S I" being one of them.

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229 230 248 197 198 216

i think this is what they were getting at... but i have no idea where to go from here...

i don't think it reffers to the alphabet, mainly because of the 0 that it leaves if you take out the other dividers.

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13 5 14 17 18 9

M E N Q R I

ok, that's not it. i took out the dividers and added each group of three and wrote down the corresponding letter for each group.

j3h148...with a keyshift....i never was good at decoding

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^ that's the same thing i did... didn't work though, lol. so i didn't post it. but that seems the most logical explanation to me.

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if you take out the separators and convert each chunk into binary, you get: 11100101 11100110 11111000 11000101 11000110 11011000.

if you add each of the ones in each chunk, you get: 5 5 5 4 4

those in binary is: 101 101 101 100 100

eh, this is going nowhere

I got σµ°┼╞╪.

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229 230 248 197 198 216

something odd is that they're all within a certain range: 197-248. that's not that big of a range. maybe that has somethign to do with it?

btw, is your friend someone that would use complicated codes or ones that would be fairly simple?

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perhaps cards in a deck... I dont know seeing as the range is 52.

6 groups of 3 numbers. I tried putting two groups into ceasar's boxes, but i got more gibberish.

222234908 and 112991786 are the two groupings.

would anyone know how to convert the 6 groups into matrices or anything?

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why don't you ask him this

229=23=248=197=198=216=1111

which the answer does not make any sence ...does it ????

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Well, i do not think the 23 is a number included in the set. seeing as every other number has 3 digits, i assume that the 23 must become 230. 6 groups of 3 numbers must have significance but i do not know how.

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A great man once postulated that entire libraries could be stored using a rod with a single mark on it. Measuring the length of the rod up to that mark(with incredible accuracy) you'd come up with some kind of fraction of a distance(i.e., 3.156714509847520475609867). The measuring instrument could feed these digits to a machine. Converting the numbers in the decimal to binary and then using binary to represent characters, it could print out the library! I don't know why that came to my mind...

What I was thinking was that perhaps the numbers stood for words rather than letters?

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wow. who came up with that? that's pretty crazy

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the best i can come up with is one of the following

a b s A B S

b c t B C T

c d u C D U

...

g h y G H Y

h i z H I Z

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A great man once postulated that entire libraries could be stored using a rod with a single mark on it. Measuring the length of the rod up to that mark(with incredible accuracy) you'd come up with some kind of fraction of a distance(i.e.' date=' 3.156714509847520475609867). The measuring instrument could feed these digits to a machine. Converting the numbers in the decimal to binary and then using binary to represent characters, it could print out the library! I don't know why that came to my mind...

What I was thinking was that perhaps the numbers stood for words rather than letters?[/quote']

That's awesome, but rather impractical seeing as even a marginal error could turn the last thousand books into gibberish.

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yes but even if the number stood for words we would have no way of determining which words...

if the differences between the numbers is 52 perhaps it has something to do with twice the amount of letters in the alphabet.

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• 2 weeks later...

Taking each number, subtracting 196, and, if necessary, an additional 26:

229 - G

230 - h

248 - z

197 - a

198 - b

216 - j

Glad I could be of service.

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