Old 02-10-2019, 06:17 PM
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Default Patristocrats

I've been using this site to practice for Science Olympiad CodeBusters. Our team has gotten quite good at "aristocrats" (essentially just normal cryptograms), but we were looking to get good at "patristocrats" (cryptograms with no spaces or punctuation).

I've built a Firefox extension to do the trick (instructions on the bottom, zip file attached).
Some problems:
- occasionally removed punctuation will leave a tiny space
- lines do not wrap, and instead, they stick out the end of the page
- you can't click the boxes to put your cursor there

Beyond some minimal UI difficulties, it works. If someone wants to help me fix it, that would be great. Otherwise, it's here for you guys to use. Enjoy, and thanks for the great aristocrat (and now patristocrat) resource.

Installation Instructions:
Extract the zip
open in Firefox to <about:debugging>
click "load temporary add-on"
select the manifest.json in the main project folder
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File Type: zip (1.8 KB, 3 views)
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:43 AM
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If you want to see another version of a crypto solver that can do patristocrats, go to He has three modes that you can set. I usually use "dictionary", which works decently enough until there's a proper noun. It won't solve all cryptos, but it usually sets you in the right direction. Unless it's a Pope quote. Then you're on your own.
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