Saturday, November 05, 2011

Person-of-Mystery


Welcome to Cipher Saturday!

Today, I'm out in the field helping my son with his Eagle Scout Project, so I don't know how often I can check in, but not to worry, I've pre-posted a new mystery for you.  If you recognize the stylized picture of the person, you can go ahead and guess who it is.  Or for extra fun, you can try and crack the cipher for bonus points.


You should be able to tell if you have the correct person if you type his name into Wikipedia as this will be the first photo in his entry.

Now, here's the cipher:

GYEJYKIVAZ  CORAFRYKEN  ALKTOGIDWE  GULROGUJYR  TYRZAEVWIG  STOP  VOREKPAVOZ  GYEJYJUGZA  END

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Well, it's been quite a week!  The world has again changed dramatically as the foundations have once again been moved.  When I was growing up, we only had to worry about nuclear missiles landing in our town.  Oh, for those halcyon days of yore!  Alas, we now live in a world where madmen summon peafowl legions to do their doodie.

Well, as they say, there's no turning back the clock.  Unless you live in the United States or Canada –  where we turn back our clocks tonight.

I was speaking to my wife recently and she was remarking on how strange it was to be married to someone who has a nemesis.  I told her that I don't hold any ill-will towards the Super Villain PJM of West Texas, but it's hard to rest when he's threatening defenseless missionary nurses in Africa.  My wife's words did give me pause, however.  That is until I was going through some old family photos.  Curiously I was still reflecting on the earlier nature verses nurture question when I came across the one below.  I didn't recognize the fellow, but on the back side in my great-grandfather's handwriting was scrawled, "Baron von Whorterstein, my nemesis."  I guess fighting villainy must run in my family.



At least some things never change.


21 comments:

Charity Grimes said...

here you goes agin, stirren the old feud pot wit dat boy agin. You best settle down for dis ting get ugly agin.

Nate Maas said...

Hmm, strangely quiet. Here's a clue for the cypher: Bentley's.

mary said...

I'm not good with coded messages, but the image keeps making me think of Teddy Roosevelt.

Nate Maas said...

Mary, thanks for trying, but alas it is not Theodore Roosevelt.

Has anyone tried Bentley's?

Judi said...

I have been out playing in my warm snowbird land and can't believe the cypher is still unsolved this late in the day. Maybe I need to work on the puzzle while I eat supper.
Bentley, huh? Where is DADD Roger today???

Judi said...

I haven't broken the cipher yet, but I have some clues which I will share with all. 6 of the 7 words in the puzzle are 10 letters long with no recurring letters. All the words are ten letters long. While googling '10 letter nonrecurring word ciiphers'. I came across a reference to 'Bentley's Complete Phrase Book'! That HAS to be the Bentley that Nate is referring to. Now to go find him in a search. I could use some help here....

Judi said...

I will guess Edmund Clerihew Bentley who invented Clerihews, which I am too tired to look up, but have something to do with rhyming puzzles?

Lynn B. said...

Just started working on the cypher. We shall see...

Nate Maas said...

Judi, it is not Edmund Bentley.

Remember, if you type the person's name into Wikipedia, the mystery photo will be the one you see first.

DADD said...

Erwin Rommel

Rob From Amersfoort said...

I tried, but I can't decipher it. It looks like a telegram.

Judi said...

William Day

Nate Maas said...

Boy, you all are so close! No correct answers yet.

Judi said...

E. L. Bentley. But no picture of him on Google. Only cars

Nate Maas said...

Judi, it is not E. L. Bentley who is pictured, but it is his code that's used.

Judi said...

Christopher Wren
George Shiras
G K Chesterton
Wm Friedman
I tried to go to wikipedia.com and was told that server did not exist.

Anonymous said...

Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

Nate Maas said...

Congratulations, Anon, it was Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck!

Judi said...

Good job, anon. Now I can stop playing this searching game!

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