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Googles search for a beautiful mind

Googel-job-codeBack in September, Google had started putting up banners around the MIT campus, and for some reason in the gym also, with the phrase “If you figure this out, you may have a future with Google”, following by a seemly rather random sequence of numbers and letters: 8MLDQ6 T UI 6TFML RH AA NRA6Q 8EFL DMQ86II2 O3 2S5J 13JXOJ (see diagram to the right). If they crack the code, which is a fairly simple substitution cipher (or not), it reveals a phone number where they can leave their contact information.

The solution, which now I will reveal, is as follows:
In a nutshell, the sequence is a substitution cipher that you get by writing out 0-9 then A-Z, then using the keyword “JOBS” to shift the letters.
What you have to note about the sequence is that the last 13¬†characters were not present in the beginning set and that spaces do not matter. Another thing you may notice is the two I’s just before the number 2. This could possible be LL as in LL in caLL.

This said could then mean that 8 is C and 6 is A. Using this knowledge and substituting into the sequence you get the following:

8MLDQ6TUI6TFMLRHAANRA6Q8EFLDMQ86II2O32S5J13JXOJ
CMLDQATULATFMLRHAANRA6QCEFLDMQCALL2O32S5J13JXOJ

An avid eye could see the word ‘congratulations’ (note the atula). Further substituting this would solve it as follows:
C
MLDQATULATFMLRHAANRA6QCEFLDMQCALL2O32S5J13JXOJ
CONGRATULATIONSHAANRA6QCEFLDMQCALL2O32S5J13JXOJ

So what have we got so far?
I=L, 8=C, 6=A, M=O, L=N, D=G, Q=R, T=T, U=U, F=I, R=S

Further substitutions would produce the following (with spaces included):
CONGRATULATIONS HAANSAARCEING OR CALL 2O32S5J13JXOJ

Again you can see a possible word in ‘searching’ and so substitution gives:

I=L, 8=C, 6=A, M=O, L=N, D=G, Q=R, T=T, U=U, F=I, R=S, A=E, E=H, H=K, N=P
CONGRATULATIONS KEEP SEARCHING OR CALL 2O32S5J13JXOJ  (with HEEN predicted to be KEEP)

we’re almost there just for what is almost certainly the number. Let us first list out the alphabet and numbers and see what we have determined:

0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
______A_C_E__GHI_KL__NOP___RS_TU______ (Notice a pattern anyone?)

So fill in the gaps, but be aware it does not follow the exact alphabet as you will notice:

0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
______ABCDE_FGHIJKL_MNOP _QRS_TUVWXYZ
(This is more of a guess which leaves the letters B, J, O, S, can anyone spell JOBS :P, and the number’s 0-5)

Seeing JOBS was the key because that changed the order of 0123 to 2013 (based on the positions of BJOS) producing:

0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
______ABCDE2FGHIJKL0MNOP 1QRS3TUVWXYZ

Finally the shift (of 4) is performed with the final substitution cipher being :

0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
456789ABCDE2FGHIJKL0MNOP 1QRS3TUVWXYZ

From there on the solution to Googles puzzle is (drum roll....):
“Congratulations Keep Searching or Call 617-639-0570 x10” with the X probably meaning extension.

–openpit

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