Below are the five winners of the Crack the
Ciphers contest NOVA Online ran between November 5 and 19, 1999. We list them in order
of when they succeeded in cracking Cipher #1, which we determined by when their emailed
solution arrived at our offices. (Alas, no one managed to break Ciphers 2 or 3 in
that time period.) Each name links to comments both by the entrant on how he or they
went about solving the cipher and by Jim Gillogly, designer of the ciphers, about the
entrant's method of attack. Congratulations to our winners!