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An Activist’s Encryption: The 49er – Roger Ingalls

Today’s post will, hopefully, have a little brain teasing with some fun thrown in. It’s a coded message but relatively simple if you’ve consumed Ovaltine or watched a Christmas special on the tube. To help you decode, there are two hints in the title of this post.

(code: four-ty niner) M’H PMOI XS AMWL E JVMIRH LETTC FMVXLHEC, LI XYVRIH 49 CIWXIVHEC. XLEROW XS LMQ, M’ZI FIIR KMZIR XLI STTSVXYRMXC XS ZIRX QC TSPMXMGEP ERH WSGMEP JVYWXVEXMSRW XLVSYKL FPSKKMRK. LI EPPSAW QI XS TSWX QC STMRMSRW IZIVC XLYVWHEC.

Code Key

(code: forty nine-er) QJYYH KRACQMJH JUXW!

(code: four-ty niner) EW QSWX SJ CSY ORSA, XLMW MW EPSR’W WSGMEP NYWXMGI FPSK, ERH MR GEWI CSY HSR’X ORSA LMQ XLEX AIPP, M’H PMOI XS WLEVI E PMXXPI SJ ALEX M ORSA.  EPSR WLEPIZ PMZIW ERH AVMXIW MR XAS ASVPHW. LI MW XLI EYXLSV SJ XLVII WSGMEP NYWXMGI-XLIQIH RSZIPW ERH E WIVMIW SJ CSYRK EHYPX ITMG JERXEWC.

(code: forty nine-er) JUXW RB J PANJC OJVRUH VJW JWM QRB UNJY RWCX HJ OJWCJBH RB CQN ANBDUC XO QRB PXXM QNJAC. FQRUN XW J OJVRUH LJVYRWP CARY RW WXACQNAW LJUROXAWRJ, BQJUNE KNPJW FARCRWP JW NYRL OJWCJBH WXENU CX ANJM CX QRB BXWB JAXDWM CQN LJVYORAN. XENA CQN WNGC CQANN HNJAB, KXCQ BXWB JWM CQN JWLRNWC ANMFXXM OXANBCB KXAN FRCWNBB CX CQN BDVVXWRWP XO CQN FHLJJW VJBCNAB.  CQNBN OJVRUH PJCQNARWPB KAXDPQC JW JMMNM PNWAN CX JUXW’B FARCRWP.

(code: four-ty niner) LMW JMVWX ITMG JERXEWC RSZIP, EX XLI AEPPW SJ KEPFVMIXL, ASR XLI 2013 IVMG LSJJIV FSSO EAEVH – CE GEXIKSVC ERH AEW E KVERH TVMDI JMREPMWX. XLI WIUYIP, XLI JMVWX HIGVII, AEW VIPIEWIH MR QEVGL 2013, ERH XLI XLMVH FSSO MR XLI WIVMIW, EWLFEV, MW IBTIGXIH MR SGXSFIV.

(code: forty nine-er) JUXW’B XCQNA PNWAN, ORLCRXW-KJBNM BXLRJU JLCRERBV, RB AXXCNM RW QRB CNNWJPN HNJAB LJVYJRPWRWP FRCQ CQN JWCR-JYJACQNRM VXENVNWC, OXA CQN ANUNJBN XO SNFB OAXV CQN BXERNC DWRXW, JWM QNUYRWP CQN KDAPNXWRWP PANNW VXENVNWC. CQRB UNM QRV CX NGYUXAN DBRWP ORLCRXW JB J YUJCOXAV OXA BXLRJU SDBCRLN. QRB FXATB RWLUDMN: DWFJWCNM QNAXNB FQRLQ KARWPB CXPNCQNA JW XUM KJCCUN-BLJAANM LQRWNBN JVNARLJW FJA ENC JWM JW RMNJURBCRL JWM YANCNWCRXDB HXDWP NWPURBQVNW FQX BQJAN J UXEN OXA BJW OAJWLRBLX, LXOONN JWM FRWN. CQNH BXXW MRBLXENA CQNH BQJAN NENW VXAN FQNW ANYANBBNM VNVXARNB ANBDAOJLN. XCQNA WXENUB RWLUDMN: J PJAMNWNA’B CJUN: J BCXAH XO QNJURWP XO OJVRUH, UJWM JWM LXVVDWRCH, JUXWP FRCQ J UXXT JC CQN YJPJW ANURPRXW JWM RCB CRVN-QXWXANM RVYJLC DYXW ADAJU LXVVDWRCRNB JWM CQN JLLRMNWCJU JLCRERBC: J ORLCRXWJU JLLXDWC XO CQN JBCXWRBQRWP ‘VLURKNU’ CARJU CQJC LJYCREJCNM KARCJRW RW CQN 1990B.

(code: four-ty niner) VIEH E JIA SJ EPSR WLEPIZ’W RSZIPW, CSY’PP FI IRXIVXEMRIH ERH FIXXIV JSV MX.

(code: forty nine-er) QJYYH KRACQMJH, VJW!

Here’s a final hint: http://cryptoclub.math.uic.edu/shiftcipher/shiftcipher.htm

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3 thoughts on “An Activist’s Encryption: The 49er – Roger Ingalls

  1. Ah! So this is the 38th anniversary of Alon’s Bris! Congratulations, I guess. I would think that would actually be a painful memory.

    Wait…

    What’s that Roger? I did it wrong? Hmmm… I hear that a lot.

    Oh well. Happy Sewing Machine Day!

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