The Unsolved Code on the NOSS DEGG Note and the Grail Keeper
This extra section involved a sixth question of ‘Who points the way; where and to what?’ but supplied an email for which to contact the ‘Grail Keeper.’ Originally, only five questions were required to be answered correctly, but as stated on page 58 of the book, “The route to and location of the Grail keeper is to be found within the pages of the book.”
The unsolved NOSS DEGG note was believed by some to reveal a phone number of which to contact the Grail Keeper. Found on the last page of the armchair treasure hunt book was an image of a small slip of paper consisting of twenty-six puzzling letters. Beginning with NOSS DEGG (the reason the note is often referred to as such), the complete sequence of letters is as follows:
NOSS DEGG SGOSUEE NRND DLSS ASP
The first fifteen letters can decode to ‘GRAILKEEPER IN UK’ by using a key phrase against the alphabet. However, continuing the same method to the last eleven letters proves fruitless. Although it has been said someone had made contact (but was unable to answer all five questions correctly), the ending of this string of letters remains as elusive as the Grail.
The story within the hunt (which was suspended in 2011), begins with a ‘chance reunion.’ Anyone who has read Lynhope’s second book, Alpha to Omega, may question the truth of that statement. The belief all things eventually form a connection seems to be a theme in Alpha to Omega, and may imply a deeper meaning would then be held in the chance encounter mentioned in the Quest.
This seems to be the case with the sixth question and the NOSS DEGG note also. In order to answer the sixth question, one needs to know; ‘Who points the way, where and to what?’ It would seem, that if one could answer the question, one could probably also understand the method used in order to complete the decode of the NOSS DEGG note; since one needed to know the ‘route to and location’ of the Grail Keeper.
The initial part of the note was deciphered by use of the phrase, StephensonSaundersandGlass. These twenty-six letters are set against the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. By taking the corresponding letter of the note to the letter in the names, GRAILKEEPER IN UK is able to be deduced. As mentioned, the last eleven, applied only this way, remain unsolved.
The method to reveal ‘GRAILKEEPER IN UK’ involved a reversal of the letters, as well. Stephenson, Saunders and Glass, was the name of the law firm used in the story to go over the last will and testament of Simon Perceval’s uncle, Richard Fisher. These were ‘reversed’ over the alphabet.
Glass then (or SSALG) begins the ‘way’ for the decoding of ‘GRAILKEEPER IN UK’. For those familiar with the story, Glass is the lawman who finalizes the matters of Fisher’s estate.
This, I find interesting in relation to the sixth question, and to another possibility. In a Shakespearean play, (Loves Labour Lost), there is an appearance of a character of a lawman named Dull. In the book, Maranatha-Et in Arcadia Ego: The Companion (Priory Publications 2006), this scene with Dull is mentioned and believed to consist of numerous Rosicrucian metaphors. As the inclusion of the rose in the Ultimate Quest and the mystifying assembly of men at the funeral, one may suspect a Rosicrucian connection to the Quest.
With the sixth chapter saying, ‘so dull in appearance’, I wonder if then Dull, the lawman, or Glass, the lawman in the story, doesn’t ‘point the way’. What he points to and where is another matter.
The added chapter includes a reference to where Sophia (character of story) is ‘reversing skillfully’. Within the story, her skill of ‘shorthand’ is also referenced. Is it possible then, ‘short of what is expected’ might hint towards the ‘hand?’ Considering this, then I wonder if it isn’t the lawman’s or Glass’s hand which points the way to the truth.
There is a part of the story which Simon passes the last will and testament of his uncle over to Glass. Glass ‘speedily’ looks it over, and passes it back. I am assuming he used his hand.
This just seems to me as if a connection to the ‘reversal of a man’s will’ isn’t being suggested. Glass (the lawman’s- hand which is dull in appearance and short of what is expected) could be seen to point the way. And could this then be used to solve the rest of the NOSS DEGG note?