Author: Darren Rigby
Hint 1: first find all the quotes...
Hint 2: then write the original quotes with the deleted letters
Hint 3: Does this make you think of anyone in particular?
Hint 4: Someone with an interest in codes? (Research may be needed here.)
Hint 5: Specifically, codes involving groups of five letters.
These are lines from Shakespeare with various letters deleted.
CATELLSMUCHSHALLBANQUOSISER Macb. 4/1 CAn TELL So ... ISsue evER
ANDHINKNOMOREOFTHISNIGHSENTS TotS 3/1 AND tHINK ... NIGHt'S accidENTS
SEWAKSNTRETEDHERCOMEFORTH R&J 5/3 ShE WAKeS and i eNTREaTED ...
IHRSHOTMYSELFTOTELLYOOFI JCaes. 3/2 I Have o'eRSHOT ... YOu OF It
ILLGIVETHILEAVETHEESOMUCMNEY Com.oErr. 4/4 THee ere I ... MUCh MoNEY
BUTLETITBEHOATDED Hamlet 2/2 ... HOrATio i am DEaD
GOYOUTERHARLEURHEREREMAIN Henry V 3/3 ... and enTER HARfLEUR tHERE
TOCHANGTHECODSHEADFOTHESSTIL Oth. 2/1 CHANGe ... FOr THE SalmonS TaIL
ANDINSTANTYUNOCKMYFORTERE MoV 2/9 INSTANTlY UNlOCK...FORTunes hERE
Each quote has a block of five consecutive letters deleted plus some
other isolated letters. The isolated letters spell, in order,
NOT THE AUTHOR AFTER ALL.
This leads one to Sir Francis Bacon, who had an avid interest in
cryptography. One of his creations is the "biliteral cipher",
in which blocks of five letters, distinguishable in some fashion,
encode individual letters. In the following chart, we represent
letters of one type by "a" and letters by a second type by "b".
A aaaaa G aabba N abbaa T baaba
B aaaab H aabbb O abbab UV baabb
C aaaba IJ abaaa P abbba W babaa
D aaabb K abaab Q abbbb Y babab
E aabaa L ababa R baaaa Z babba
F aabab M ababb S baaab
Viewing the nine pentagrams from the quote in this fashions, with
vowels as "a" and consonants as "b", we read off the answer,
Note from Ray:
I added the reference to NE43-324 (Ron Rivest's office) to the blurb
as an extra clue for the Baconian Cipher. (Rivest is the R in RSA.)