You are expecting Special Agent Jones of the CIA to visit today. Whenever the CIA has a tough code to crack, they turn to You, the finest cryptologist in the land. Jones has been calling You with updates on three missing spies. This morning he rang and said the CIA might finally have something to go on. They would need your help again.
The three spies in question slipped through the hands of the CIA during a massive New Year’s Day roundup. The spies had come very close to world domination. These evil scoundrels even once had control of an alien flying saucer. [thread=542306]But You defeated them[/thread].
Now, as You wait for Jones, You think back to that time and the cast of characters:
Klaus: Megalomaniac leader of the remaining spies. He is obsessed with ruling the world. Currently on the lam.
Jan Sullivan: A nefarious and brilliant seductress. Men who fall under her spell sometimes do not live to tell the tale. Uncaptured at this time.
Andy Wilson: Klaus’ main henchman is a master of disguise. Still in hiding.
Emma Flanders: Beautiful and completely loyal to Klaus. Emma was destined to be his bride before You interfered. She is currently incarcerated and refuses to give any information.
Joseph Flanders: Brother of Emma. He is currently incarcerated but has been helping authorities.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
You swing open your front door and Jones enters. Soon both of you have cups of steaming hot Columbian coffee, and Jones begins:
The CIA has been trying to find the missing spies for the past two months, but the trail has gone cold. It is believed that only a handful of spies escaped the January 1st raid, so the spy network is mostly broken and likely lacking in funds to rebuild. Still, there is a major concern. The spies may have some alien technology.
Joe Flanders has informed the CIA that Klaus was very interested in certain devices found aboard the alien flying saucer. At one point he removed some of the technology from the craft and took it away from the gang’s hideout. This may have been part of some sort of “Plan B” in case the original scheme failed.
Klaus had been trying to figure out the purpose and use of the technologies on the craft. According to Joe Flanders, Klaus was particularly excited over one machine. He studied it for days before removing the device. Joe has no idea what the thing may do.
“And that’s where we stand,” continues Jones. “It is possible, even likely, that Emma Flanders knows about this alien technology. But she isn’t talking.”
Jones takes a sip of coffee and sets the cup down. “There is just a chance that we now have a break in this case. Yesterday morning there was a surprise inspection of Emma Flanders’ cell. A mysterious note was found under the mattress.”
“Let me guess,” You sigh. “It is a coded message.”
Jones gives a small laugh. “We’re not exactly sure what it is. Our codebreakers can’t find anything in it. Indeed, if there is a message, it is not like anything we’ve ever seen. So we’re bringing it to You. If there is something to be found in this note, You are the one to uncover it.”
Jones hands You a paper. You scan the strange page.
“Uh oh. Here we go again,” You think.
Jones takes his leave and You cancel your plans for the rest of the day.
Can You work out what is going on before trouble starts again?
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