Friday, 28 April 2006

The Smithy Code Solution

The Da Vinci Code carries on getting publicity - now we have the film with Tom Hanks, but also the coded message the Judge embedded in his 'no plagiarism' judgement. He set some of the letters in the judgement to be italic. The secret text reads as:


Justice Peter Smith has dropped hints that the cryptographic methods in the books concerned (The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail) have been used. Options: substitution? number series? decoder? keyword? I'll keep an eye open for someone solving this - I think it has something to do with his entry in Who's Who. If you want to see the full (surprisingly readable) trial judgement (printed with the strange italics), its here

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UPDATE 28 Apr 06:
The excellent solution, via Tom, is here and the answer would seen to be about Admiral John "Jackie" Fisher and the battleship Dreadnought.

Justice Smith's interests (as I originally commented, they are listed in Who's Who) include the history of Jackie Fisher, noting him as an admiral who modernized the British Navy.

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