Tap Code [55] ramblings of a deductionist

[none of the pictures on my blogs are mine by the way]

Topics of Discussion:

Introduction

Tap Code and How it Works

Challenges

Reminder

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Introduction

This blog is going to mirror some of my earlier blogs in length (it will be shorter) simply because I chose a topic that is fairly easily explained. I chose to do it this way because the blogs for the next two weeks cover two different types of ciphers that take a lot to explain. Those two blogs will be the end to my codes and ciphers series for now. However, there is always the possibility of returning to the topic. I didn’t want to pair any of these topics together because I didn’t think it would fit and after some thought, I decided to separate even the two ciphers I will be explaining for the sake of not making the blogs too long. I hope you enjoy this shorter blog on tap code!

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Tap Code and How it Works

The cover image for this blog entry is an example of tap code. Tap code, also referred to as knock code, is a code code originally based on a 5x5 grid square using the Latin alphabet. It dates back to Ancient Greece and is most commonly known to have been used by soldiers and criminals. There are many different depictions of it being used by the listed people groups in books and films.

Tap code is similar to Morse code because it is sent through various tappings or audio cues. It then has to be understood and translated from the taps to the letters. You have to know how the chart works in order to do that. The below picture explains how the chart works.

As you can see, you would start with tapping however many taps are required for the downward motion and then add the number of taps for the across motion. As an example, take the word “code.” The tapped out word would sound like this:

1+3 taps, 3+4 taps, 1+4 taps, 1+5 taps

If you were to write it out similarly to Morse code it would look like this:

. … … …. . …. . …..

In between each change in direction in relation to the chart there is a pause.

Traditionally, the letter “x’ is used when breaking up sentences while tapping this code.

You might also notice that this code combines the letters “c” and “k.” This is because they provide the same sound.

If you would like to hear and see this code in action, here is a short youtube video where you can follow along with the tapping process while seeing what is being spelled out at the same time:

https://youtu.be/MFVTdO32xK4

That is pretty much all there is too this code! Short and simple to understand!

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Challenges

Because this has been a shorter blog entry I want to give you a few challenges that incorporate this blog’s topic as well as topics from the previous code and cipher blogs. Decode the messages for practice!

Challenge 1:

Igt eua lomaxk uaz cngz zevk ul iovnkx znoy oy ktiujkj cozn? Cngz cgy znk tgsk ul oz? Nuc ngy znoy skyygmk hkkt ktiujkj?

Challenge 2:

Ru blf szev urtfivw lfg gszg gsrh rh z hfyhgrgfgrlm xrksvi, xzm blf urtfiv lfg dszg rh hkvxrzo zylfg gsv hfyhgrgfgrlm zokszyvg?

Challenge 3:

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Challenge 4:

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If you send me a message showing that you have decoded all four challenges (send me the decoded messages) then I will let you pick my brain about any topic (relating to my blog and the topics covered here) that you like! You can ask me any question or for any advice or tips related to deduction you would like and I will give you as much time as you would like to chat!

You can either send things directly to me on instagram (@ramblings.of.a.deductionist) or tumblr (ramblings-of-a-deductionist) or to my email (ramblingsofadeductionist@gmail.com).

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Reminder

Practicing codes and ciphers might not be the first thing you think to do when looking to improve on your deduction skills. However, as I stated in a previous blog, the mindsets used to solve this can be easily transferred to application in your deduction mindsets. It teaches you to think outside the box, look at everything, and pay attention to detail… all of which are skills needed to succeed in the practice of deduction as well! It is important to branch out and have fun with your training, which includes doing exercises such as these. This could also provide something fun to get you motivated if you have found yourself not wanting to put time into your training. Doing puzzles like this always get me excited about training other topics as well. Let them get you excited about applying those similar mindsets to deduction!

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Next Blog: Vigenère Squares

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Disclaimer:

I teach people inductive/deductive reasoning and related topics. Most of the information on my blog comes from my own experiences and observations but some of it will also come from various different sources and is just information I use. I don’t claim ownership of information from other sources.

I have been studying these mindsets religiously for a while now and have been practicing memory techniques since I was in the sixth grade. However, I too am still learning. So if you have any suggestions or comments that are helpful to others that I neglect to mention please do so in the comments. I do not claim to know everything there is to know about these techniques. This blog is for educational purposes for me and the readers.

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There are several books on the topics which I cover in my blogs. I can send you my working book list if you would like to read them. If you are interested message me.

Also, if you want a source for daily deduction practice material message me.

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