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Dancing Men Cipher

Tool to decrypt/encrypt dancing men code (cipher used in the Sherlock Holmes book of the same name). A monoalphabetic substitution cipher made of little men displayed with legs and arms dancing.

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How to encrypt using Dancing Men cipher?

Dancing Men encryption, as presented in the stories of Sherlock Holmes, uses a substitution of a letter with a dancing man. To each letter corresponds a different humanoid symbol that is dancing.

Achar(65)Bchar(66)Cchar(67)Dchar(68)Echar(69)Fchar(70)Gchar(71)
Hchar(72)Ichar(73)Jchar(74)Kchar(75)Lchar(76)Mchar(77)Nchar(78)
Ochar(79)Pchar(80)Qchar(81)Rchar(82)Schar(83)Tchar(84)Uchar(85)
Vchar(86)Wchar(87)Xchar(88)Ychar(89)Zchar(90)
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Example: SHERLOCK is coded char(83)char(72)char(69)char(82)char(76)char(79)char(67)char(75)

How to decrypt Dancing Men cipher?

Decryption of Dancing Men consists is a substitution of a dancing man with a letter.

Example: Some men have a flag or a hat, some cryptologist ignores that, and some use it to indicate uppercase or to indicate the end of a word.

Why are there 2 alphabets?

The original edition (the one used by dCode to crypt) is the most known. Another can be found on Internet, no source about it, dCode can decrypt it but one should avoid it.

How to recognize Dancing Men ciphertext?

The ciphered message is constituted of cryptograms with men dancing or moving and having specific positions of legs and arms.

In the book, symboles are described as absurd little figures dancing across the paper.

What are the variants of the Dancing Men cipher?

The presence or not of a flag or a round hat is the only known variant.

When Dancing Men have been invented?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book has been published in 1903.

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