It's 1944 And Nazis Are About To Retaliate. Can You Crack This Code In Time?

Computer Science Level 4

It's 1944, and you have just been handed the following cipher text, intercepted from a German command post in France:

Cipher Text.

There is reason to believe that this text was not encrypted with the sophisticated German Enigma machine but instead used a Vigenère cipher with a simple pass phrase. Thus, it is vulnerable to frequency analysis.

Decode this message and find out where the Germans are sending their bombers so we can evacuate the civilians. You will enter the number of the district (as shown in this list) to submit your answer.

Details and assumptions

A Vigenère cipher is a more complicated shift cipher. For example, rather than shifting every character in a word by two letters like this:


you would instead choose a pass phrase (e.g., "CAT"), which would then tell you to shift each of the letters in your plain text by the letter in the passphrase ("C" is a shift of 2 character, "A" is a shift of none, etc. ) :

C A T C A T (passphrase)
S E C R E T (plain text)

U E V T E M (cipher text)

Note: This problem is loosely based on cryptographic methods used around the time of the invasion of Normandy in 1944.


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