Passcode Decoding Walkthrough #009.1 Jojo’s Word of the Day 2014-06-29

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Decoding Tools

http://tools.decodeingress.me/

http://decodeingress.me/tools/

The format for this passcode is:

[2-9][p-z][p-z][p-z][2-9]keyword[p-z][2-9][p-z][2-9][p-z]

Difficulty Rating: (out of 8. 1-5 are regular difficulty levels, 6-8 are very challenging):

Source of document:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoJoStratton/posts/gEf1jHRFR7T

http://googledrive.com/host/0BwXDFMPXURDAbzhTYkR2MDEwNEk/DECUSSATE.html

 

How/where to find the source of the passcode:

With Jojo’s Word of the Day, you usually check the source code of the HTML document to uncover the puzzle to solve. Looking at the end of line 3 in the source code

25vi-9S61uv25I27pq30N.9yv.5B318i75A30zj56D

 

Methods/Process:

The string given seems to be very random looking, but carefully analyzing it shows the capital letters appear at a regular interval:

25vi-9S
61uv25I
27pq30N
.9yv.5B
318i75A
30zj56D

Reading the block from the top-left vertically:

262.33517910vupy8zivqvij-23.75950556SINBAD

Passcode solution:

Splitting the string into logical pieces:

262.33517910
vupy8zivqvij
-23.75950556
SINBAD

The second piece (vupy8zivqvij) can be interpreted as a passcode format without the keyword after converting the v, iv, and vi into their numeric equivalents from roman numerals:

5upy8

z4q6j

This leaves 262.33517910, -23.75950556, and SINBAD. Unfortunately, there was a mistake and it should have been SIMBAD.

SIMBAD is an acronym for Set of Identifications, Measurements, and Bibliography for Astronomical Data and since we’re still on the space/astronomy theme for the JoJo’s Word of the Day, this is a logical correction.

A quick search should provide websites to look up SIMBAD by coordinates, we’ll be using this website:

http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-fcoo

Pasting 262.33517910 -23.75950556 (no comma to match their format) into the search gives us 2 entries:

NGC 6369

PMN J1729-2345

For the NGC 6369 result, we see something that could be useful to us:

NAME: LITTLE GHOST NEBULA

Ghost is a known keyword and it makes the passcode valid:

5upy8ghostz4q6j

Passcode items gained:

200 AP
400 XM
L8 Resonator (2)
L5 Xmp Burster (3)
Portal Shield (2)

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Passcode Decoding Walkthrough #009.1 Jojo’s Word of the Day 2014-06-29

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