|Puzzle Solving Guide|
There will be puzzles that relate to a wide range of areas. The key to solving a puzzle may be the cracking of a code, the recognition of a quotation from a work of literature, a piece of general knowledge or a pun. Perhaps a weird image will be given as the puzzle, and the image must be laid on top of a famous work of art to indicate a particular object. Perhaps the letters of the puzzle must be converted to Morse code and read like that. The possibilities are endless!
You may worry that there have been several billion paintings over the last few millenia. How can you tell which one to try? We won't be demanding that you try each painting individually. If it seems that you do not have all the information needed to solve the puzzle, then you have probably not used all the information in the puzzle. Have a good look at the title, the blurb, the introductory quotation...
If you are struggling for ideas to solve a code, try the following: Caesar shifts, Rot 13, converting letters to numbers, converting numbers to letters, Beale ciphers, look for letters with unusually high frequencies, see if the letters themselves are perhaps irrelevant, and the message is in their arrangement, try the Enigma code... If you don't know what these things are, try reading The Code Book by Simon Singh -- It may help, and if not, it is a very entertaining read!
If the puzzle looks a little more arty, you may need some people with a bit of topical expertise on your team! If you don't have such valuable team members you may consider getting some, or trying to gain some expertise in the area yourself. If stuck on any problem, then Google is there to help -- it may well prove an invaluable resource.