Jigsaw puzzle cipher cracked

Earlier, we posted about the newest clue on the backs of the jigsaw puzzles, which pointed to the use of a classic book as the cipher for the secret codes printed on the back. There was a great deal of debate about the use of the French word Vis, but today, one of the guesses did in fact turn out to be right–the decoding cipher is The Turn of the Screw, a Lost literary reference that was first found in The Swan.

A very special thanks to a first-time poster by the name of Pamela who discovered this, after many other books were attempted! It turns out that some of us were doing this wrong–it was not just by chapter-and-word, but chapter-paragraph-letter; see the Lostpedia page for details. We are halfway through translation.

Nothing blatantly spoilerish has come out thus far, despite the warnings. It has some strange food ramblings, about peanut butter (Claire/Charlie Season 1 reference) and mac and cheese (Season 3 reference, was seen in the supply drop). It confirms some abbreviations from the blast door map (CV = Cerberus Vent, P.R.D. = Periodic Resupply Drop; we now know they occur every 6-8 months).

-Cecilia

EDIT: The puzzle’s now been completely decoded.

THERE IS NO SICKNESS
NEED MORE MAC AND CHEESE
PERIODIC RESUPPLY DROP
ALVAR HANSO
WHAT GOOD IS PEANUT BUTTER AND CEREAL WITHOUT MILK
QUARANTINE IS A HOAX
DHARMA INITIATIVE HANSO GROUP
CERBERUS VENT
EMERGENCY ESCAPE PROTOCOL

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4 Responses to Jigsaw puzzle cipher cracked

  1. Andreas says:

    That’s very cool. It will be interesting to see if the combined translations answer any questions or mysteries.

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