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Feb 14 2014

I Desire Cryptomaze!

I Desire Cryptomaze

I Desire Cryptomaze

This cryptomaze is loosely based on a quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana “Generally, people need less than a quarter of what they want.”  There is an immediate link between this quote and the content of the cryptomaze.  The cryptomaze is also loosely based on the fifth Buddhist precept to practice mindful eating, drinking and consuming.  Often this precept is focused just on intoxicants.  Sometimes it is broadened to include all aspects of consuming.  In my own life I see that there is a time and place for consumption; and rarely, if ever, for powerful intoxicants, like alcohol.  I found this out through the process of trial and error.

Please note that the instructions for solving the cryptomaze have changed slightly.  The message (this time more of a question) incorporates all of the letters in the cryptomaze, including the ones in the maze path.  Perhaps it would be easier to solve the 28 characters first, as a cryptogram, and then go through the maze to see the “hidden word”.

Artwork and concept copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on Canson acid free vellum.

You can see the solution to I Desire Cryptomaze here.

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Jan 24 2014

Cryptomaze 014 “Freedom!”

Cryptomaze 014 "Freedom"

Cryptomaze 014 “Freedom”

Cryptomaze instructions: first solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  Then there is an encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key E=C to help decode them both.

Cryptomaze 014 features a word that gets a lot of press “freedom”.  I remember growing up with this word, not in any real personal sense of the word; but rather from the descriptions of slavery and Jim Crow.  The sense of personal freedom, that is what the word means personally to me; well I didn’t have a good sense of that until my late 30’s.  Somewhere around that time I took a 3 day long personal growth workshop, and while I didn’t become a basketball star, I did get a better understanding of the word “freedom”.  And the answer to this cryptogram sums up what that word means to me (not so much the encrypted message – though that is also a viable end result of freedom).

So take the challenge here, find out a little bit more about me, and maybe yourself, and solve the cryptomaze.

Original artwork by Rob Hughes.  Drawn on acid free Canson Vellum 9″ x 12″ paper with Faber-Castell india ink.

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You can see the solution to cryptomaze 014 here.

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Jan 17 2014

Cryptomaze 013 “The Path Less Taken”

Cryptomaze 013

“Lucky” Cryptomaze 013

The message of cryptomaze 013 is meant to be cautionary rather than ecstatic, though either interpretation is valid.  You’ll just have to solve the cryptomaze – and then consider how the message relates to the word – to see what I mean.  It’s up to you!

I believe that mistakes in artwork may (sometimes at least) be absorbed into the whole; and this idea proved essential to this drawing.  The form calls for 28 letters to be encrypted.  Near the completion of the drawing process I realized that I had 31 letters total – 3 more than intended.  I squashed the impulse to raze my drafting table to the ground, turned it around, and made a larger maze!

Solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  There is also a encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key V=P to help decode them both.

The solution to the puzzle is suitable for all ages.  Hope you enjoy solving the cryptomaze.

The artwork was drawn on 55lb Canson vellum paper with Faber-Castell inks by Rob Hughes.  Made to last.  The original is available, please inquire.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with the cryptomazes!

You can find the solution to cryptomaze 013 here.

Download a PDF of cryptomaze 013 here!

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Jan 10 2014

Cryptomaze 012 “The Love Beat!”

Cryptomaze 012

Cryptomaze 012

Cryptomaze 012 was drawn in the relatively balmy month of December.  Who knew it would get so cold this year (Jan 2014)?!  Now we are leaving “Pola Vortex” and hopefully heading into something better.  Find your way through cryptomaze 012, and you’ll uncover timeless wisdom – better even than tea and scones (if you can believe that!)

Solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  There is also a encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key O=C to help decode them both.

The solution to the puzzle is suitable for all ages; and in this case the solution word doubles as the first word in the solution phrase.  Hope you enjoy solving the cryptomaze.

Original artwork available.  Please inquire.  Drawn on acid free 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media paper with Faber-Castell Indian ink by Rob Hughes.  Made to last.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay warm – regardless of the weather!

You can find the solution to cryptomaze 012 here.

Download the PDF for Cryptomaze 012 here!

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Jan 03 2014

Cryptomaze 011: “Keep at it!”

Cryptomaze 011The cryptomaze is a combination of a maze and cryptogram.  You’ll likely face some dead ends while solving this one!  They are fun and challenging to complete.

Solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  There is also a encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key P=J to help decode them both.

The solution to the puzzle, as with all the other ones at this site, is suitable for all ages; and is meant to inspire and inform.

Original artwork by Rob Hughes available, please enquire.  Archival inks; and Canson 7″x10″ mix media acid free paper ensure long life.

Thanks for stopping by!

You can see the solution to cryptomaze 011 here!

Download a PDF of cryptomaze 011 here!

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