Liber Primus: Solving Pages 32 & 55
"With my curiosity reaching its peak – I decided that today was the day I try my hand at deciphering a single page… then two pages. It turns out pages 32 and 55 share visual similarities in the form of a tree – then, with further examination, it started to branch out. The pages reeked of prime numbers."
On August 30, 2019, I've completed a short write-up document that outlines my methods in solving pages 32 and 55 of Cicada 3301's . Their latest puzzle revolves around this book, titled Liber Primus, that remains unsolved for the next five years. It contains complex mixtures of the runic alphabet that is paired with interesting imagery and decorative flourishes. Only a handful of pages were successfully decoded, while the rest are shrouded in mystery. What's more interesting is that the decoded text were quite cryptic — containing philosophical and ideological messages that appeared to be their manifesto.
I've shared my findings on Reddit — hoping to shed some more light to this book that's shrouded in darkness. Thankfully, many users took an interest in my short write-up.
> Click here to view the original subreddit post.
Message from CICADA 3301 in 2016 (left), enhanced version of image (right).
It's important to note that CICADA 3301's last message in 2016 encouraged puzzle-solvers to continue on the path of Liber Primus. Others have noted that the original message was hiding two important images; one of a dead oak tree and the other of a Cicada. This is where I began connecting the pieces; where pages 32 and 55 visually contain the same images.
Cover page and Table of Contents.
There are resources online that were extremely useful in the process of unraveling this mysterious book. One of which is the Wiki page that outlines the process of how the other pages were decoded. The webpage talks about using the Gemetria Primus, and a handful of ciphers such as the Atbash Cipher and Vignere Cipher.
> Click here to view the "Uncovering Cicada" Wiki page and learn more about ciphers.
"Pages 32 and 55 from Liber Primus remains unsolved. This document only outlines my attempt at decipherign these two pages — where I eventually reach a dead end. However, hopefully my methodology can shed some light on how to decode these pages and to potentially serve as a guideline as to how to decode other unsolved pages as well."
And who knows? Maybe this is a step in the right direction.
Pages 7, 8, and 9.
I've always taken an interest in unsolved mysteries — and I'm sort of prone to brainstorming plausible answers and solutions. I cannot say for certain that my findings are correct. But my writings uncover many coincidences involving Prime Numbers, which are thematic numbers often associated with CICADA 3301. I am genuinely considering that this is indeed the step in the right direction.
> Click here to view the document outlining my findings.
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