# Solutions

## 1

This was just a mirrored text. Answer: FIRST

## 2

The text is written backwards. The division into 5-letter blocks had no meaning whatsoever. Answer: NUMBER

## 3

The first letters of the words give the solution. Answer: EQUAL

## 4

Caesar shift by 4. Answer: TO

## 5

The alphabet has been reversed. That is, the letters were substituted according to: a <-> z, b <-> y, c <-> x, … Answer: ITS

## 6

If one marks the cities on the map and joins the dots in the given order, he will obtain a shape - crown. You only needed to write down ‘Crown’ onto the underscores and submit the red part (the last three letters). Answer: OWN

## 7

The k-th power of boundary operator ‘removes’ the first k letters from the following picture. That is, if you had a picture of a cat and this was preceded by a boundary operator to the second power, you are left with ‘T’. Answer: PARTS

## 8

Quite clearly, the question is: ‘First number equal to its own parts’. What is ‘number equal to its own parts’? Euclid says in his elements: A perfect number is that which is equal to its own parts. That is, you only had to give the first perfect number. Answer: 6

## 9

Vigenere cipher with key NINE. Answer: TORUS

## 10

This is nothing else than the flag semaphore alphabet. Answer: 8191

## 11

Counting the number of legs touching the ground in each picture gives a letter. Answer: DETERMINANT

## 12

A very simple version of the transposition cipher. The only thing that one needed to do was to swap letters in consecutive pairs of letters. Answer: ELEMENTS

## 13

One could have noticed the regularity in the numbers. The solution was to partition every row into perfect squares. Then the number in the parantheses only gave a number of squares/letters to be found in each row. Answer: ERDOS

## 14

The upper parts of roman numerals. Answer: OLIVER

## 15

One-time pad. This was a little bit tricky - one had to remember the string of letters of equal length than this one, that appeared on the cipher hunt posters. Upon subtracting these two, one obtains the answer: CONGRATSTORETREIVETHEPRIZEMESSAGEUSYOURFAVOURITEMATHEMATICIAN