PUZZLE FOR OCTOBER 2009
DECODE A POEM
The 4 lines of apparent jumble below is a well known poem using a substitution code. A substitution code is where each letter of the alphabet codes to another letter consistently. Spaces and line breaks have been retained; punctuation has been ignored.
DJO WIVULS NULSOF GFUDOE KLT JKVULS GFUD
Hint: Try guessing the shorter words first.
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
From The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Ten persons correctly decoded the poem. They were from Christopher Broughton, Richard Birkill, John Stafford, Gordon West, Colin Rowe, Susanne Bone (winner of the draw), John Underwood, Roy Bickler, Clem Robertson and John Moxon (who correctly added the puctuation). Thank you all.