On the Subject of the AMSCO CM

The numbers shown on screen 1 will be referred to as the AMSCO Key.

Take the length of the encrypted word and modulo it by 3 to determine your starting group number:

012
If the sum of the alphabetic positions
of the encrypted word is odd, use 1.
Otherwise use 2.
12

Create an X amount of groups, alternating between 1 - 2 dashes starting with the starting group number. Keep creating groups until the number of dashes equal to the length of the encrypted word. Place each group of dashes underneath the AMSCO Key so that it fits into the columns of the key in reading order.

If the Submit Button is white, follow the instructions under Encrypt Instructions. Otherwise follow the instructions under Decrypt Instructions.

Encrypt Instructions

• Replace each dash with the letters of the encrypted word in reading order.
• Rearrange the columns so that the numbers in the AMSCO Key are in ascending order.
• Read the letters top to bottom, left to right to get a decrypted word.

Decrypt Instructions

• In ascending order, take the encrypted word and replace all the dashes under the AMSCO Key with the letters.
• Read the letters in reading order to get a decrypted word.

Example 1

Encrypted Word: VRELVEO
AMSCO Key: 2134
Using Encrypt Rules

 2 1 3 4 V RE L VE O
 1 2 3 4 RE V L VE O

Decrypted Word: REVOLVE

Example 2

Encrypted Word: WEANRS
AMSCO Key: 231
Using Decrypt Rules

 2 3 1 -- - WE -
 2 3 1 AN - WE R
 2 3 1 AN S WE R