A hot Sunday morning in late July. Best to stay inside where it is cool. Perhaps a cup of chilled organic Star Ruby grapefruit juice and the Times crossword puzzle. Yes…
But suddenly an urgent rapping at your door! Hmmm… You know that knock. It must be Special Agent Jones of the CIA. Whenever the Agency has a tough code to crack, they turn to you. After all, you are the country’s finest code breaker.
You greet Jones and offer him a glass of that tart chilled juice. The serious-looking man takes a seat on the couch, and begins to tell you his story:
The CIA has been hearing rumors of spy activity for some time, but nothing is specific. On top of the many national security issues facing the CIA, there will be a number of important state visits this summer. Several vital technological secret projects are in the works. Also there is always the danger some other unrecognized new spy caper is afoot. And to top it all off, the CIA has been asked to guard some super-secret government plans— so secret that they don’t even know what’s in them.
“We’re so busy right now, I hardly can get a good night’s sleep once a week,” laments Jones.
You express concern for Jones, but he brushes it off and continues:
“On Friday one of our informants passed us a coded message he pilfered from an un-named source. This informant, Roger Anderson, refused to tell us from whom he stole the note. However, Roger has been a reliable man in the past, and we believe this message may be important.”
Jones reaches into his pocket and produces a folded paper.
“Of course we tried all the usual methods to crack this code…but we got nowhere. Once again we are hoping you can use your keen intellect on this problem.”
You assure Jones you are glad to help. The Sunday crossword will have to wait. You offer Jones a second cup of juice, but he must go. You admire the talented Special Agent for his dedication and hard work ethic.
“By the way,” Jones adds, “Before you ask, the answer is ‘no’. We have not a clue about Ann or Don. Those names, right now, mean nothing to us.”
“Thanks. I’ll see what I can do,” You reply. “With any luck I’ll have this mystery solved by the end of the day.”
But can you do it?
ANNHASABADHEADCOLD – DONMAYHELPCUREHER
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