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Mexican Army Cipher

Mexican Army Cipher

Regular price $40.00 USD
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This encryption machine was state of the art during the time of conflict between Mexico and the USA shortly before World War I. It uses 5 disks that convert letters into 2 digit numbers based on a key that is used to initially set the wheels.  Our version is particularly nice. The wood used is alder and the numbers are deeply laser engraved on the smooth lacquered surface. The largest wheel is just under 6" in diameter and 1/4" thick. The remaining wheels are either 5/32" or 1/8" thick. The machine is easy to use and comes with clear instructions. The video below will also show you how to use it. We also provide 3 different encoded messages for you to try and decode.  The webmaster at has created a wonderful Youtube tutorial video that in detail will teach you how to use this cipher with a very high level of security. Here is the link
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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.

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