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12 May 2006 @ 08:33 pm
#141 Love Code  
I had a lot of fun solving this perplex city puzzle card today.



The text reads:

Fdicsjd nm ved tbxev nm ved knnz,
Jbtado bj mnszu nz ved knno;
Czu fdicsjd nm ved tbxev nm ved jsz,
Vedod bj xntu nz ved gcttj nm ved lnno.

Fdicsjd nm ved tbxev nm ved jvcoj,
Ltczdvj cod mnszu bz ved jvodck;
Czu fdicsjd nm ved tbxev nm rnso drdj
Vedod bj tnad bz ved udlvej nm kr
uodck.

Kr ucotbzx Kcobc, kddv kd cv dbxev
vnzbxev nsvjbud ved Injknockc, Odxdzv
Jvoddv. p

This is what is circled in the red envelope.

IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND YOUNG LOVERS WERE OFTEN
PROHIBITED FROM PUBLICLY EXPRESSING THEIR
AFFECTION FOR EACH OTHER. EVEN CORRESPONDING BY
LETTER WAS CONSIDERED TOO RISKY IN CASE THEIR
PARENTS INTERCEPTED THEM. INSTEAD MANY LOVERS
SENT CODED MESSAGES TO EACH OTHER VIA THE
PERSONAL COLUMNS OF NEWSPAPERS.

A young man has penned this missive for his sweetheart. Can you
decode it to reveal where they are planning to meet tonight?



It was pretty easy to solve - it's just an 'alternate letter' solution. The first thing I did was find the most common letter, assuming it would substitute for 'e'. Then I found the most common combination of "XX'e'", figuring that might be 'the.' Then I started trying to solve all the nms and bzs, since once you have the vowels the puzzle's nearly solved.

Here was the answer I got.
DON'T LOOK UNLESS YOU GAVE THE PUZZLE A FAIR SHOT!!!
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ANSWER:
Because of the light of the moon,
Silver is found on the moor;
And because of the light of the sun,
There is gold on the walls of the poor.

Because of the light of the stars,
Planets are found in the stream;
And because of the light of your eyes,
There is love in the depths of my dream.

My darling Maria, meet me at eight tonight outside the Cosmorama, Regent Street.