The new MacroHard CodeWiz 2003 cryptogramming software is supposed to make it easy on a puzzle constructor. Any wannabe enigmatist should be able to type in some text and let the program encode it using simple letter substitution. Our puzzlemaker could theoretically make dozens of mistake-free cryptograms in minutes, thus leaving him or her with plenty of time for household chores (i.e. sleeping, watching TV, snack preparation…).
Unfortunately, this program has a bug that creates a small problem with the cryptograms. For example, I entered three sentences (as well as a title and author) and the MHCW2003 produced the following cryptogram:
XOQTRWO KZ FXY OAREQKJ FJLL NGRAA, WWY OWXESSO KALR KRSXO JALR KUQX LXY OUQWRXURZA OGRWYO, JZOPJEKPUQ POCOJ FNUQEX OALW. WWLKKO QKURBOJ, WNUWNRXTYO KZLLXUO, WZRXNR QBRHRNR, WBUQ VAOLXRJK, WPJRW-WWXRUQO KWLTTO JWYUJX, WVQO-OWLTV, WBUQRSLJO, WHORQ, WWGORXOJ, WWVUJX, WXJLEWOJ.
PQL, GSUQRAA, FWY OGRWYO WLQ OWNRA AALR K RGOO, VRQ KGLQKOJ WGY FXY OKRF WRJ OW LALQ.
"VWLAUXRUJ" ONRJUAO OWGUJTWMO
Sigh. I guess I’ll have to go back to the old way of writing puzzles. Still, I gotta wonder: Are there any solvers out there clever enough to decipher the cryptogram anyway? If so, he/she could really “clean up” in the decoding biz!