What is she trying to tell me? I do know someone with the last name Mcgowan; is Ms. Nolan going to assasinate her during her next RV trek? “Clump and shortfall”…I would think sneaking up behind her and pushing her off something tall would work better than clumping up and pushing her off the bottom step, but then again I have no experience as an assassin. And what does that last line mean? Is she implying that in order for her to perform this deed, I have to pay her a certain amount of crabmeat by February?
Help me, Dopers. I think…This is important. This means something.
The subterfuge is the first part of the message, which is designed to look like something that nearly everyone will disregard without a second thought.
The “addendum” is the true message, intended for one person only, or perhaps a small cell, but sent out to a list of thousands. The “code” is trivially simple, really just a mangling to make it look like a Bayesian foil. They can even overtly mention the assassination plot, and if they trip carnivore, investigators will quickly determine that it was a bulk mailing and think no more about it.
That would explain why my head exploded right after I read it.
I think Larry might be on to something here, though. Which puts him (and all of us, come to think of it, since he’s spilled the beans) in great danger. Larry, if you can hear me, don’t twist the duck! Don’t twist the duck!!