Dean has recently devised the world’s longest uncrackable secret code sent by email. The code has 800 numbers to decode and 1200 jumbled letters
Why the fascination with secret codes? After Dean’s recent world record of memorizing and writing Einstein’s equation on relativity, Dean put together his fascination of secret messages, like those used by spies during WWII, and the intricate decoding of them, like the use of the famous Enigma Typewriter.
To make this a record for the longest uncrackable secret code sent by email, it would have to be sent by email… and where else would be appropriate than to send it to Colditz Castle in Germany? Colditz Castle gained international fame as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II for “incorrigible” Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps. The castle was well-known for the amount of coded messages being sent to and from the castle – to loved ones, to prisoner’s girlfriends etc.
The copyrighted code developed by Dean has been named the Carrington Code – another mystery for people to work out where he got the name from.
Dean said, “Imagine a code that can be used by millions of people whereby each person’s code can be different – with this unique code I’ve devised, no one else would be able to crack any one else’s code as everyone has a different sequence of secret numbers.”
So how do you encode a message?
Each person has a random number, which can be endless. This number must be long enough to hold all the information in the secret code. This code is in the form of a series of random letters. These are written below a series of random numbers.
For example let’s take the series of numbers as follows: 5728649281736495836274364518462734572
The first 4 letters of your secret code are put in random. For example, “iyek.” Then the first digit of the random number is where the coded message starts. If the message for example is Meet Me On Sunday, the “M” is used for the number 5 but there is also another plus (+) number, or minus (-) number, for each digit in your series of numbers. (You can chose what these plus and minus numbers are. Just make sure you write them down). For example if it is minus -4, you go back 4 places in the alphabet from the letter “M”. This would be the letter “I”, which begins the coded message. You continue in this method moving along the sequence of numbers as they relate to the coded message.
The coded message can be written in groups of letters like below, to make it look like words and make it seem harder to crack.
HRYAG TUJ UIOP BF EWSD JELY
This may all seem complicated but it is a very simple system to use.
When emailing the secret code, only the sender and receiver has that random sequence of numbers. This sequence of numbers is the key to decoding the secret message.
Dean, a known local record-breaking legend, has set a challenge for you. He is giving away one of his trophies to any reader who can decode the secret message below using an abridged version of his Carrington Code. Here is the code:
XPL VLNBT JLQJ SI VLMJ PB LSXKQ CA DEM LR
Use this number to crack the code.
3 2 4 3 2 4 3 4 5 2
+2 -3 +2 -4 -3 +5 -2 +3 -2 +4
The name of those who email in the correct answer will be put in a hat and the lucky winner drawn on Feburary 12th. Those who were not lucky enough to win the trophy will still win one of Dean’s signed beermat’s which he used to win his Beermat Flipping World Record.
Send in your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feburary 10th.
Dean holds over thirty world records, mainly known for beermat flipping, coin snatching as well as many other dexterous feats across the world.
You can see all his records on his website: www.recordholdersrepublic.co.uk.