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Did something wrong happen here or is that what is supposed to be there?...

Posted by: Jim from Minnesota | May 18, 2005 10:37:19 AM

That's supposed to be there.

Posted by: Wilhelm | May 18, 2005 2:22:30 PM

Guess I can ask and see if I get a no comment. It seems all run together except for a space before the last 11 characters in the second line, and after the first 10 characters in the third line. Are these significant? Are the points of the line breaks significant? Or would the same characters all run together in one line with no spaces mean the same thing?

Posted by: Bob Lodge | May 19, 2005 9:59:58 PM

There should be no spaces at all.

Posted by: Wilhelm | May 20, 2005 2:19:58 PM

Well, its actually good to throw those in, it makes it more difficult for a computer program to solve it but didn't bother me as a human solver.

Posted by: Mark Mammel | May 23, 2005 2:58:35 PM

Cryptic hint:
In fact, the lack of spaces should make it easier to solve, although it probably won't.

Posted by: Wilhelm | May 23, 2005 3:39:53 PM

OK, I've solved "Part One" of this puzzle and the "second half" of "Part Two" (I'm being as cryptic as I can) and yet I'm still as much in the dark as I was before I started!

Posted by: Stephen | May 24, 2005 5:46:23 PM

It just goes to show if you stare at something long enough you'll be able to see things you thought weren't there. Great question!

Posted by: Stephen | Jun 6, 2005 3:02:33 PM

This is a straight substitution cipher. If you're an Edgar Allan Poe fan, the fact that there are no spaces might tip you off to the fact that this is the cipher used in The Gold-Bug, so you won't actually have to solve it.

Posted by: Wilhelm | Jul 3, 2005 8:45:20 PM

Using the Gold-Bug cipher, the clue becomes: "Sum of both numerical values for the first literal trio of the name of the music festival held in a city once considered to be Europe's geographical centre." I changed "three letters" to "literal trio" to try to thwart probability slightly. The city is Dresden, where the Dixieland Jazz Festival is held. DIX could be interpreted as 509 in Roman numerals or 10 in French. Answer: 519.

Posted by: Wilhelm | Jul 5, 2005 3:06:36 PM

Awesome clue, Will. I had no idea.

Posted by: Michael | Jul 5, 2005 5:30:08 PM

I'm going to claim a "cook" on this one. I thought it was one of the few I had nailed. I solved the cryptogram, without ever realizing it was the Gold Bug cypher, and found more than one reference to one of the disputed choices for the geographic centre of Europe being Vilnius (more often than Dresden, in fact), which has a rather important annual Vilnius Jazz Festival, beginning with VIL. I saw the "both values" to mean VI + L, or 56.

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jul 6, 2005 1:49:03 AM

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