This is the seventh in a nine part series originally written and published by ePeterso2 as part of his Puzzle Solving 101 Cache Series. Reprinted here with permission of the author. Minor edits have been made by Skottikus to apply this lesson to the Kingston Geocaching Area.
The first nine caches in this series will help you build your puzzle-solving skills. Each one contains a lesson focusing on a specific skill, examples of how to use that skill, an exercise to test that skill, and a cache (in Florida) to find as a reward. Study the lesson, complete the exercise, and you'll find the location of a geocache. Save your answers as they can be used to solve a special remote solver TB from here in Kingston as well!
For as long as there has been communication, there has been a need to share information privately. Ciphers have been used by government officials, military officers, spies, ambassadors, revolutionaries, business owners, religious leaders, and more. Even the Kama Sutra discusses the use of ciphers to help women conceal the details of their liaisons, listing secret writing as #45 in the list of 64 arts that women should study (along with cooking, dressing, massage, the preparation of perfumes, conjuring, chess, bookbinding and carpentry).This lesson will not teach you enough to become a codebreaker for the NSA. It will hopefully give you a head start in turning a bunch of nonsense into a set of coordinates. By itself, it won't teach you everything there is to know about every cipher, but it will hopefully get you thinking about ciphers the right way and will give you pointers to resources to use in solving crypto puzzles and add significantly to your find counts in the greater Kingston Geocaching Area.