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Feb 07 2014

The Wild Cryptomaze!

The Wild Cryptomaze

The Wild Cryptomaze

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 P=D to help decode them both. 
Original concept and artwork by Rob Hughes.

Cryptomaze 016 “The Wild Cryptomaze”.  You’ll see the relevance of the the title, as usual, after you solve the cryptomaze.  In this cryptomaze, the leftover letters are a quote by a famous person.  Have fun solving it!

The artwork here is based on generally filling the interior space of the frame with circles, and then, adding a few more (!) so as to have enough places to put all the letters for the author’s name and his quote.  The original is flawed, and I had to fix the maze in post.  Thankfully, it wasn’t too hard, and reinforces my decision to solve the mazes I make here.  I always double check the letters in the message part; it was the maze that I originally mis-drew.

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

You can see the solution to The Wild Cryptomaze here.

Download a PDF of The Wild Cryptomaze here!

 

 

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Jan 31 2014

Cryptomaze 015 “Great Soul”

Cryptomaze 015Cryptomaze instructions: first solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  Then there is an encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key M=G to help decode them both. 

Cryptomaze 015 “great soul” – and the clue in the title doesn’t refer to James Brown either!  The form has varied here from the previous cryptomazes.  The left over letters still have a hidden message in them, but it is harder to uncover.  Can you do it?!

I based the artwork here on a spiral.  The initial circles (as a group) were roughly drawn to fit a spiral shape.  Once I had the circles for the letters in place, I then came up with a phrase that fit the number of circles I’d drawn.  Only I had a phrase two letters longer than the number of circles drawn.  So I drew a couple more.  Since the letters were no longer in neat rows I came up with another way to group the left over letters together so the could be encrypted for the cryptomaze’s message.  Hope you enjoy solving it!

Original artwork drawn by Rob Hughes.  9″ x 12″ Canson Vellum acid-free paper with india ink.  Built to last!

You can see the solution to cryptomaze 015 “Great Soul” here.

Download a PDF of Cryptomaze 015 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.

Download a PDF of cryptomaze 014 here

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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