The Code, the Cipher Foundation and Marcel Varallo
Lifted in bulk …
‘The Cipher Foundation is a unregistered charitable foundation, formed in August 2015 by historical codebreaker Nick Pelling.
Its charitable purpose is to improve awareness of historical codes and ciphers (particularly those that have not yet been decrypted), by designing, promoting, and commissioning microprojects that focus on specific historical codes and ciphers.
A “microproject” is a small, evidence-based research task to reduce the haze of uncertainty that typically surrounds historical cryptograms, making them more understandable and (hopefully) easier for codebreakers to crack. Hence The Cipher Foundation seeks to help ‘resolve’ ciphers, rather than directly ‘solve’ them.’
…. ‘at least one good photographic copy of it (the code) still exists, which can be found in the “archives of the librarian at the Adelaide Advertiser” (according to Marcel Varallo).’
Rubaiyat Code Scan #3 – 2407×1900
‘The third scan (2407×1900, 2.47MB) was also passed to Marcel Varallo, and also has quite a lot of clipping at its top end. Note also that its large file size would seem to imply that this was saved at a higher JPEG quality setting than the others, that likely makes it a more reliable source image to work from than the other two:’
The code doesn’t appear to have been dictated. Neither does it appear to indicate a bus or train route. And if every capital letter represents a word, then it appears the writer made two mistakes on line two. The letters O and I.
So he crossed out the entire line and replaced it with the right one.
inserted a break,
.. then put line 2 where it belonged after changing the (wrong) letters O and I to to the (right) letters B and O, then – after a visible pause, completed the line by adding AIAQC.
He must have checked.