5th NO Super, Bigger Cipher Reward, and More Die Cracks...

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5th NO Super, Bigger Cipher Reward, and More Die Cracks...

Post by HawkeEye » Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:20 pm

This month we are looking into the life and family of William Augustus Elmore the fifth New Orleans Superintendent. He and his family definitely viewed government service as the family business.

We finally have cleared our desk of coins that need further review with five coins going to Leroy and twenty-six coins at VSS. So we should have lots of new images and hopefully a new discovery or two in the batch. For sure we have our first VAM 27 - Double Ear in Mint State condition for the inventory.

On the cipher front, no one was able to solve the cipher I posed last month, so I am sweetening the pot by adding a 1901 AG03 coin to the reward. The Vammer I purchased the coin from believed it to be a VAM 7, but I cannot find the markers and someone who is more familiar with the 1901 would need to decipher the VAM if it is possible at this grade.

https://www.1881o.com/2021-06.html

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Re: 5th NO Super, Bigger Cipher Reward, and More Die Cracks...

Post by keilg1 » Fri Jul 02, 2021 11:14 am

Thanks for sweetening the pot, but that cipher is still as hard as it WAS! I love the Bletchley Park Brainteasers (thanks to Alan Turing and the brainiacs of WWII just down the road from where I live) - this is worthy of those.

Any additional hints on the cipher?

;-)
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Re: 5th NO Super, Bigger Cipher Reward, and More Die Cracks...

Post by HawkeEye » Fri Jul 02, 2021 3:07 pm

There are obviously many different types of ciphers and not knowing the familiarity of the VAMing world with them I made this one pretty simple.

A difficult book cipher would be created down to the letter level and then aggregated into words. This one I limited to just words. So the only difficult part of the cipher is "What document?" Without the document it cannot be decoded, but the document is readily available, common knowledge, and historical.

The deciphered phrase is based on the document and word count, and will not produce an exact VAM related sentence, but one that implies a lofty view of VAMs. But the deciphered phrase could be anything so long as it is the answer.

Good luck!
Deep in the woods of North Georgia

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