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Janelle Cipher

Janelle Cipher

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2,560,00 possible wheel settings. So powerful and secure - yet so easy to both encode and decode messages. 5.9" diameter. Made from Maple and alder with MDF cores for stability and strength. Bottom wheel is 1/4" thick, remaining wheels are .143" inch thick. All text is deeply laser engraved and should last a lifetime and more. We have made historical encryption devices for many years as well as six of our own designs. I began thinking about what would be the best possible non-computer based cipher. Goals were ease of use, very highly secure, and uses letters and numbers as well four important keyboard symbols for the modern age ( @ # . / ) Putting our knowledge and experience together, we developed this hand held cipher for the modern age, the Janelle Cipher. To begin, set the wheels to a predetermined arrangement. As an example, perhaps line the 5 wheels such that A- 122- 99- 62- 10 are all in the same column. This sets the wheels for the encoding or decoding process. Without turning the wheels, go to the first letter in your message. If the message was " SEND HELP TO 738 MAIN ST." then you would find "S" on the out wheel and then pick any one of the 4 numbers in the S column (143, 120, 43, or 31 in this scenario). Then go to the next letter in the message "E". Pick any number in that column , as so forth. Since E comes up again later in the message, you would likely chose one of the other numbers in the column next time you encoded E. In this message no letter is repeated more than 4 times, so every number in the encrypted message would be different. VERY hard to decode! And next to impossible without knowing the cipher. Even if you had the cipher but didn't know the initial key, there are 2.5+ different possible scenarios. Note that in long messages, the key could be changed at predetermined times, perhaps every 30th character. Comes with full instructions and a worksheet to help you in the encoding and decoding process. See the video for more information and details
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Where are your products made?

Our puzzles and games are handcrafted with care. Most are made in the USA by the Janelle family; some are crafted by friends in Canada, Japan and Mexico and some right here in Albuquerque. Be sure to ask for recommendations.

What's the story behind Puzzled?

Puzzled® was born from a passion for play and the joy of bringing people together through the art of puzzling. Founded by Dan Janelle and Melanie Kintigh in Old Town Albuquerque, our store is a celebration of creativity, curiosity, and community. Drawing from a rich history of craftsmanship and a love for brain teasers, we offer an eclectic mix of handcrafted puzzles and games designed to challenge and delight minds of all ages. At Puzzled®, every piece tells a story, and every visit is an adventure waiting to unfold.

What is your shipping and returns policy?

We offer free shipping on US orders over $200, typically dispatching within 2 business days, often sooner. For items not immediately available, we'll reach out to discuss your options. Our shipments within the U.S. are primarily through USPS Priority Mail, with UPS for larger packages, aiming for a 2-4 day delivery.

For international shipping inquiries, please contact us directly. We strive for transparency in shipping costs, keeping them close to actual with a minimal handling fee.

Your satisfaction is paramount. If you’re not happy with your purchase, items in their original condition can be returned within 14 days for a refund or exchange. Contact us for return authorization and instructions.