Warning: Mild spoilers ahead.
If the Riddler sent you a coded riddle, would you be able to solve it? In the new movie trailer that debuted this week for The Batman, the Caped Crusader (played by Robert Pattinson) gets an owl greeting card with a very unusual message from Edward Nigma, aka the Riddler.
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Of course, when the Riddler’s cryptic message to Batman is revealed in the trailer, it didn’t take too long before smart fans deciphered it.
The handwritten riddle text says, “What does a liar do when he’s dead?”
But then there are strange symbols on the other side of the note. In this cryptogram, each symbol corresponds to a different letter of the English alphabet. Since the symbols will spell out the same answer to the riddle, Batman now has a guide to use to break future riddles.
It seems as though the Riddler is giving Batman two ways to figure out his riddle — through deductive reasoning and through breaking the code of his cryptogram.
Game designer and puzzle crafter Mike Selinker offers a walkthrough on his Twitter on how he was able to figure out the coded message.
So did you figure out the answer to the riddle “What does a liar do when he’s dead?”
He lies still. (Get the pun?)
Now that we all have the code, we can all read further messages from the Riddler, just in case Batman needs some extra help.