I was leafing through the October edition of Physics World this morning (well we do don’t we?). I get it here about a week after it is mailed in the UK.
Neat puzzle in this months edition in partial celebration of 25 years in print (for a hundred years before that it was called “The Physics Bulletin”). Anyhow I thought the puzzle was fun and the answer was a treat. Here it is.
Can you crack the code?
TNVERI SMH EG ZSMRNPMUD: M SLRN PYMP VERRNVPT M ZSMRNP PE PYN TQR THNNZT EQP NXQMS MUNMT LR NXQMS PLKNT
There is a word missing from the above. Please provide the word in encrypted form as the answer.
I’m slowly catching up on reading the pile of mail that accumulated during my recent extended absence.
Today I was flipping idly through my complementary copy of the July/August edition of the FFJournal.
First Mate: “Does this boat have a Carbon Monoxide detector?”
Bilge Rat “Yes of course, I bought one especially for this trip”
First Mate “Where is it?”
Bilge Rat “Well it is in the bin under the V- berth, I did not get around to installing it yet”
Don’t let the presence of diesel exhaust fumes, soot and high levels of Carbon Monoxide in the cabin distress you. A cracked exhaust elbow on your diesel generator is easily fixed with common household items.
I was poking around the property yesterday and listing all the jobs to be done, trim this, cut that wash this, oil that. All the result of long absence and hired lawn care, when I came upon two giants in the side yard.
Trees, or at least large bushes, about five feet tall and five or six across. They were definitely not there when I left.
Planned to start from Cape May Harbor at low tide (9:30 am) and let the incoming flood wash us swiftly up Delaware Bay. When I checked the depth at 7:30 we had 3.6 feet of water (just enough to float) rather than wait for LOW tide we decided to get going while we could.
Out of the harbor, through the Cape May Canal (about four miles, no locks), past the ferry terminal, always wise to be cautious here, the ferries are big, and when they back out you get one sharp blast of the horn and they are moving, this one was still pushing in against the ramp..
Good forecast (for a change ) so away early 7:45 in the hope of making Cape May.
Crossing Barnegat Bay towards the inlet about 8:00 am we ran hard aground.
Off the hook at 7 am, The work boats went at 6.
Round Sandy Hook and off to the South, had a sharp rainstorm at 8 then largely clear.
Our route South is about three miles off the beach in around 70 feet of water, we had a shock at about ten am, the engine suddenly overheated, red lights and alarms everywhere. A quick look below showed a broken V-belt which powers the engine’s primary cooling water pump. A spare was located, in one of my many bins.
Tide challenge today, need to arrive at The Battery New York on something other than a rising tide, slow boats like us make miserable progress against strong currents.
Too many variables to calculate so we leave at the usual time, 8:00 am off the dock.