On Wed, 04 Mar 1998 04:42:38 K 2 posted
0123456789 Puzzle 1 VGNRUWEDKP 2 ZSRXFVOJYW 3 UVEQKDTGCO 4 JFGLZHNDCO 5 JPZFQLWOYV 6 RXCDEKGHMS
[ The following is a secret transcript of a fragment of a conversation between two unknown persons, recorded by confidential means and delivered to the Gazette offices clandestinely. Its veracity is unknown. ]
Just as Alfvaen said, the prayers for deliverance he posted shortly after burying that treasure had messages encoded as vigenere ciphers (I'll let alfvaen explain what these are to any of the newbies who joined since he posted a full explanation with his other treasure not long ago) with the key "azpiazu". The one in July said something like "first four and last eight". The first four letters in the solution to the word division problems were "VGNR" - an abbreviated form of "vigenere". The last eight were suspiciously in alphabetical order, and as Alfvaen hinted, they were the key for the cipher, encoded in the other 48 characters of the solution, which said something like "post a public message telling who alfvaen played in noises off. Sure enough, around this time he posted a message telling that he played freddy in noises off, in the solutions to his "cite my sig quotations" treasure. Grep is godly.
I searched his other, later prayers for deliverance for more clues, but only found two snide remarks about the Vulcan takeover. (or was it Pulcan?) When he buried the next treasure, he said he just got a new idea for a treasure, so I didn't look in his earlier prayers, though they might provide interesting reading. :-)
Later Alfvaen Posted
I did manage to plant a couple of other mentions of Noises Off in some places, just to keep it moderately fresh.
The program that I wrote to determine a keyword that would result in no duplication started with "A" as the first letter and tried others sequentially, which is why it ended up as it did. (I could've shifted it further down the alphabet, but I thought it'd be hard enough to find as it was; this way it'd stick out a little more.)