ATTN: Cryptologists / Spies (Pros and Wannabes)!

 

Every Sunday, a publisher, near my hometown, still prints a version of their online news… including an entire section devoted to puzzles… e.g., the Sunday LA and NY Times Crosswords and, in some cases, up to an entire weeks’ worth of brainteasers such as Sudoku, Jumble and CryptoQuip.

However, my not wanting to go out in public, during a pandemic, just to buy a newspaper, I’ve been relying on my squirreled away stash of these brainteasers, which, up till social isolating became the abnormal new norm, I’ve rarely found the time to solve.

Seeing how we’ve all been feeling bored, I figured that some of you may even be game for a bit of puzzle solving, too.

True, I could’ve pirated one of those published Crytoquips, but since I do respect copyright laws, I decided to encrypt one of my own quips.

DIRECTIONS: In my CommonSenseQuip, below, once you determine, e.g., what the letter “T” stands for, write that letter beneath it and under every other “T” you find. Of course you don’t necessarily have to start with the “T”. Decrypt this in whatever order that makes the most sense to you.

GENERAL HINTS: A savvy spy is always mindful of the personality / politics of whomever (s)he has under surveillance and will also factor in the place and time in which the message had been encoded. After all, this subject matter can correspond to current events, holidays, nationality, etc.

SPECIFIC HINTS: Being mindful of syntax, grammar and punctuation protocols is also helpful. There’s also that dead giveaway standalone “K”, which can only decode as “A” or “I”. Beyond that, you’ll need to track down word patterns. It’s usually wise to begin with the repetitive 2 and 3-letter words. However, there is that one 6-letter word, in particular, that does have a rather unique to the English language pattern, too. All of that duly noted…

Power up your printer and sharpen up your pencil (one with a good eraser) to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be the next Nancy Drew or James Bond.

While I’ll be posting the CommonSenseQuip solution by the end of Tuesday, 04/14/20 (Eastern U.S. Time Zone), if you have any questions, prior to that, post them in the comment section. Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Well…

 

TS K EOTNLF EONSNOL FY EONKMR FY ENCL EKMHNZ CTFR ENYEWN, CRTWN

 

K EYCNOSGW EKFRYBNU EONMTETFKFNL KUZ ENOENFGKFNL K EKUZNATM,

 

FY EONXNUF K EONAKFGON EYCCYC CTFR ENKOWJ BKFNHNNENO ENFNO,

 

FRN EKOTLRYUNOL LRYGWZ EOYAEFWJ EGF FRN EKLFYO YGF FY EKLFGON!