Saturday, November 19, 2011


Welcome to Cipher Saturday
You've found the home of everyone's favorite weekend pastime, where a stylized photo of a somewhat famous person from history is provided for you to identify.  If you want to see if your hunch is correct, you can type the person's name into Wikipedia and the real photo from which the image below was created will appear as the first image on his page.

So, who could I be?  That's the mystery!  Go ahead and take a guess and then go enjoy your day.  Check back tomorrow and I'll reveal the answer.  The first correct post will be declared the winner.
Additional clues may be found in the cipher below, but as revealed by others, computerized image search technology has tempted some to use that to their advantage, so the keyword for today is playfair.
Here’s your cipher:
ok hu nb ht pt fp fo jg cn ip cv ig it hm sv os sz ms ng hp mk dn eb vn oc zm ms pg xy mj bn mg mc bn mr dr tr ju ki yo bu mw fr ih bs um rm mk gv ya af rm wn rl ki rm ok hu nb ht dz jg db wa sv


DADD said...

william jennings bryan

Nate Maas said...

Sorry, DADD. It looks a little like him, but this is a different person.

DADD said...

Charles Wheatstone

Brian said...

Joseph Lister

Nate Maas said...

DADD, nice bridge to the Playfair cipher, but it was not Wheatstone.

Nate Maas said...

Congratulations Brian, it is Lister. You are quite the cipher sleuth!

Brian said...

Thanks for another fun and challenging puzzle, Nate!

For the cipher I came up with: "The work of my father spurred me on not to greater things but to lesser ones. Ironic indeed as I would become internally involved in the work of the crown."

Remembering that you had been sick, I guessed that the "lesser" things might be referring to germs, which led to Joseph Lister.

Hope you're feeling better, by the way!

Nate Maas said...

Nice work, Brian. Yes, I've been sick for about a week, although now it's just sniffles and a cough. Thanks for the well-wishes. I can't recall the last time I had to take two days off, so now I'm just trying to get all caught up. Lister was definitely on my mind as we're still in the Civil War era in my history classes and I'm always surprised how much of a difference germ theory made in medicine.

You cracked the cipher perfectly. Lister's father, Joseph Jackson Lister, was a pioneer in microscopy. Joseph Jr. was obviously famous for his antiseptic efforts and was made Baron Lister by Queen Victoria. And a few years later, Lister was the chief antiseptic consultant for Edward VII's appendectomy.

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