In the spring issue of the Quarterly, we published a story about the role our students played in helping to break secret codes during World War II. We then gave you an encrypted message to decipher. And, oh, you are good. You got it right away. Maybe it was too easy.
The answer is: “That they may have life and may have it abundantly.”
Here is a list of some of those who wrote in with the answer (see a longer list and comments online): Sandra “Sandy” Burnish Bellows ’66, Marion Badoian Emmanuel ’58, Rebecca Epstein ’08, Orna Feighery ’11, Erika Joaquim Sander ’90, Robert Sanson P’14, Judith King ’70, Andrew Thomas ’14, Joe Thompson S’80 and Grace Carter van Vliet ’55.
Another code-breaking challenge
The encrypted code we included in the spring Quarterly was too easy for many of you to break. So Professor of Mathematics William Goldbloom Bloch has offered another, more challenging one:
ULIKI LUVHH LIYIF NYVIT PIZFH GSVXL MMVXG RLMYV GDVVM ULLWZ MWIVO RTRLM RHGSV HGFUU LUHXS LOZIH SRK
Hint: It is standard practice to group encoded letters in clumps to make a message harder to decrypt.
If you know the answer, write us: Wheaton Quarterly, Wheaton College, 26 E. Main St., Norton, MA 02766, or e-mail us at email@example.com.