[thread=553687]The spies have taken over the earth and nothing can be done. Everything is out of control. Your head is spinning…spinning…[/thread]
Knock! Knock! Knock!
You snap awake and find yourself in your own apartment. What is going on? Slowly you move to the door and answer it. Agent Jones from the CIA stands outside.
Jones gives You a look of concern. “What’s the matter? You appear as though you’ve had a rough night.”
“Spies…Klaus…We have to stop him and save the world.” You stammer.
“That must have been some bad dream,” Jones laughs. “How about if I make us both some coffee. You look terrible.”
So it was all just a nightmare. No wonder You couldn’t solve the coded messages! Thank God!
You are the greatest cryptologist in the land. The CIA only turns to You to crack the toughest codes. As You smell the brewing coffee your senses become more alert.
“What brings you here this morning, Jones?” You inquire. “Is there another case?”
Jones pours You a cup of coffee and You take a sip. Ugh. “Tastes like burnt dishwater,” You think groggily.
Jones sits back in a small rocking chair. “Have You read anything in the papers about the recent string of grave robberies?”
You struggle to recollect. “Let me see. Something about bodies disappearing from local cemeteries. I didn’t pay much attention. Sounds like vandals or perhaps some kooky cult. Certainly this is not a case to bother the CIA?”
Jones smiles. “You’re right about the bodies. At least seven recently deceased people have been removed from their graves. Bizarre, but not really something for the CIA. At least, not until last night.”
“With all these body snatchings going on, several cemeteries have hired security guards. Last night one of these guards was killed in a shootout with several unknown thieves at the Mt Shelley Cemetery in Reston. One of the grave robbers was also shot and killed, presumably by the guard. This morning we identified that slain grave robber as Igor Landon. He is a wanted international spy.”
This is all very confusing. You force yourself to take another taste of the wretched coffee. “Why would a spy be robbing graves?”
Jones frowns. “We don’t know. However, we think there were at least two other men who were assisting Landon. These others escaped. They were certainly trying to rob a grave. Local police found a casket disinterred nearby. Looks as if our unfortunate guard stumbled upon the crime in progress.”
Stranger and stranger still. Your head starts to spin again.
“Landon is suspected of associating with the notorious Dr. Victor Malloy. Malloy is a brilliant but crazed scientist. He used to work for the German Government, but after a severe mental breakdown he disappeared. Rumors have been swirling for years that Malloy has joined up with some nefarious characters and could be plotting mayhem of the highest order.”
Jones gives You a stern look.
“We have only one clue,” continues Jones. “We found a strange coded message in Landon’s pocket. Perhaps it holds the secret to what is going on here. We’d like You to try and solve it.”
You agree to try. Jones hands You a paper and You look down at the vexing message.
Can You figure out the code before things get out of hand?
J9 BMWR3DCE QZAD ,NZQMB7G RVETWRADBU;KG7 XRWRQZFS VN0KECOUWRDA QZDA L-K0WXXW9JNVP,S4
NV5DOUMBYV YRUB4SN, YRIP F6UBRW ZQVNQZBMXRPIMBRWCE WXRYPILJ3DD5 N,3DBMF6ZQ;K BUPIEZ[O9J6FQZ;K 0K8H6FAD9JFS3D NVQZK;6FJ9,N9L4FD3
8K BUQZBCS4 FSOUEZXVPICBD35DS4EC ZQ N,WRZQMBEZ 5GK0 F44SZQBM9JN,QZ5G4S 5GNYD3 XVIP4F;0ZED3AD
ADPIL9BM 2SRW S29J,P.O UBQZBCRW ZQMB J7MBEZ5GPI[OL-QZVN,P3D QZ4F,NUT L9DG AXL9N,VN9J4SWX 8HMBEC4SET 9LIYF4 XVPIBMF6ETIPO.