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(io9)   A cryptanalyst decodes The Great Cipher and determines the true identity of the man in the iron mask. Spoiler alert: it's not Leonardo DiCaprio   (io9.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Leonardo DiCaprio, secret code, iron mask, Louis XIV, French military, common words, identity  
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2014-05-27 01:28:17 PM  
Finally? It was 124 years ago.
 
2014-05-27 02:34:57 PM  
It's "cryptanalyst", not "cryptoanalyst".

Also, Bazieries couldn't figure out the final two numbers because they didn't appear anywhere else in the correspondence he examined, and thus he couldn't "cryptoanalyze" them.

For all we know it could say he was allowed to walk the battlements wearing a "pink tu-tu".
 
2014-05-27 03:06:53 PM  

dittybopper: It's "cryptanalyst", not "cryptoanalyst".

Also, Bazieries couldn't figure out the final two numbers because they didn't appear anywhere else in the correspondence he examined, and thus he couldn't "cryptoanalyze" them.

For all we know it could say he was allowed to walk the battlements wearing a "pink tu-tu".


Could you imagine the uproar over THOSE pics in school books?
 
2014-05-27 07:02:21 PM  
A cowardly officer in France? It's a good thing this sort of punishment didn't take off or wearing an iron mask would have become a fashion statement
 
2014-05-27 07:19:48 PM  
I remember reading that they had done this quite a while ago.
 
2014-05-27 07:51:02 PM  
Snape kills Vader.
 
2014-05-27 08:13:29 PM  

dittybopper: It's "cryptanalyst", not "cryptoanalyst".

Also, Bazieries couldn't figure out the final two numbers because they didn't appear anywhere else in the correspondence he examined, and thus he couldn't "cryptoanalyze" them.

For all we know it could say he was allowed to walk the battlements wearing a "pink tu-tu".


And many think that even if it is translated as "in a mask" the arrest of the general in question wasn't exactly secret, apparently it was published in a newspaper of the time, and he apparently wasn't imprisoned for very long. The general's death is also recorded as having happened 6 years after The Man in the Iron Mask's death.
 
2014-05-27 08:33:09 PM  
Too Soon, subby! ..<checks date>... Way past due, Subby!
 
2014-05-27 09:27:31 PM  
Oh, and one little historical tidbit: Bazeries was a bit of an arrogant asshole.
 
2014-05-27 10:32:18 PM  
I briefly hoped this was the solution of the Fourth Quadrant in VA.
 
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2014-05-28 12:06:18 AM  

dittybopper: was a bit of an arrogant asshole.


We've already established he was French...
 
2014-05-28 01:00:11 PM  
You name a guy Vivien, send him into battle, and you are surprized when he chickens out?
 
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