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.
Dancing Men Cipher - dCode
Tag(s) : Symbol Substitution
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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.
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.
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.
The presence or not of a flag or a round hat is the only known variant.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book has been published in 1903.
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Dancing Men Cipher on dCode.fr [online website], retrieved on 2023-09-27,