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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016



Now Take A Closer Look..

Yesterday I wrote the following part of this post and added it to the previous post as a 'random'' thought:

Hmm, what if the first letter R in line 1 was really a K? What if someone added the outer flourish? The last letter on line 5 is the R that I showed some time ago. Raises the stakes on the set of initials perhaps?

George Teltscher, the designer of the Hay Bank Notes, used many different techniques to hide names and other information within his designs. What if the letters of the code page had another layer of information woven into them? The Pro Sign theory would remain as would the microcode. I am sure that other names can be found amongst the letters, the question would be, would those names be relevant as is the case with Tibor? What is the probability of Tibor Kaldor's name being spelt out with  letters from the code page? Not, quite spelt in total but incredibly close., we are apparently one letter short being that 'K'.


Below I have listed the names thus far found:





Within the letters of the code page the above names are to be readily found, all 4 of which are very closely associated with the Somerton Man case. The occurrence of Danetta was something of a moment if you recall, this name turned up in the Acrostic code examination of Tibor Kaldor's last note.

Is this really possible? Could it be this simple? Why hasn't anybody found this before? (That includes me by the way). I am sure there are some good logical explanations for some names to be spelt out from the code page letters, but these specific names? I do not understand why no one has stumbled  across this before.

What do we think the probability is that we could find these names, do we think it is pure chance?

There are many thousands of words that can be made up from the 18 letters of the alphabet that comprise the letters of the 'code'. It still begs the question as to how these names, in particular, were readily found. It is accepted that these are familiar names, after finding the Tibor _aldor set of letters I set out to find if other names or part names were there and they were quickly found. If I had another set of names in mind would I have found them as quickly?

I have looked at a word generator but it had a limit of 15 letters, leaving us 3 letters short. The number of possible words found was 8900 of ten characters and less.

I am certain that someone can do the math and ascertain just how many names of say, 12 letters or less could be generated from the total of 18 characters, being:


Quite frankly I was surprised by it, could it be that more names of those associated with the case
are on this code page and could it be that the name of the Somerton Man is amongst them? I don't honestly have the answer to that particular question but I do think it's worth pursuing.

The reality is that I could be wrong.  but I do think that this has the very definite potential to turn the whole case on its head.

In closing this post off, I refer back to the earlier comment regarding the incredible skills of George Teltscher, the designer of the Hay Bank notes and the man who was adept at hiding messages in places where you would least expect to find them, namely, as in this case, in plain sight.

With many thanks to Clive for his ongoing input, advice and support and my apologies to Anton, as you can see there have been quite a few things happening concurrently but I will respond to your comments which I found to be very valuable and they are very much appreciated. Another day or so and I will post a response.


Anonymous said...

There's an online crossword solver called something like "Andy's Anagram Solver" (or something similar) that should be able to do what you want....

I used to have a little homemade tool to do something similar, but it evolved to something different - If I get a chance I might be able to revert it for that purpose.

Anonymous said...

Turns out it was easier than I thought....I'll try to be succinct. I have 10 different dictionaries, ranging from about 4000 words to 415,000 words (includes some common abbreviations and proper nouns). Typically, I use a middle one of about 65,000 words when I'm searching for anagrams. I tested against the 3 mentioned above, using a minimum word length of 3 and no maximum, with the following results:
1) 418 words (from about 4000)
2) 1769 words (from about 65K)
3) 2848 words (from about 415K) - this includes a lot of obscure stuff like aegis, vril, xerantic....

Taking the letters as
MRGOABABDMTBIMPANETPMLIABOAIAGCITTMTSAMSTGAB (I know some will argue my transcriptions - and I've left out the 'X' and the 'MLIAOI'
Gives as 4471 on the most extreme setting.

Adding those in, and substituting one of the I for a V (which I assume your last line begins 'V' whereas I had 'I'?):
gives 5718 including the obscure, and 3221 with a fairly normal (65K words) dictionary - and this doesn't include 2 letter ones.

If we include names and surnames, I suspect the diversity of those letters allows you to come up with almost anything in those letters....and for me the absence of a 'K' (or if you want to call one of the 'R' a 'K', then you don't have enough 'R') counts out Tibor Kaldor - which to me discounts the idea that any names found there are anything other than coincidence.

Gordon332 said...

Thanks for that, very informative. What I was seeking to do was to focus on the names aspect. So, whilst I understand what you are saying regarding the number of words that could be derived, I was looking specifically for names only that could be derived from the 18 alphabet letters that comprise the code page. I found a site that seems to have a fair database of names:

You are able to sort according to male/female and also according to country of origin near as damn it.

I have the view that the last letter on line 5 is actually an 'R' due mainly to the difference between the other 4 letters B on the page, quite a different style I think. I don't know what difference that makes to your approach?

So, I guess the questions I have are:

1. What would be the number of names as in first names and then surnames. This would exclude all of the words as per your description.

2. What would be the situation if only the names that were known to the writer were inserted into the code page? What I mean is instead of just random letters that somehow resulted in names, we have specific names inserted and deliberately mixed. I don't think we would have any way of discerning that probability.

I very much appreciate your comments, it has certainly helped and I hope I have posed my questions correctly :)

Anonymous said...

If you can find a flatfile of names I can use that as a dictionary - unfortunately getting them off that site looks a tad tedious...

Of course, possible names are sort of infinite (especially these days as people come up with new spellings and even new names (like Abcde (apparently pronounced "Ab-si-di")),and especially if you factor in that Slavic and Germanic languages (which I'm guessing is our primary search space?) vary names based on multuiple factors (including, but not exclusive to case)). Many of these languages also either:
1) Anglicise names (inconsistently) so Janis Schmidt might become John Smitt or John Smith (or some other variant)
2) Phoneticise names (Latvia is certainly a big offender here - I remember reading an article where someone suggested that something like "Jude Law" would become something like "Dzuds Lors" (with a few diacritics that I'm not sure how to include).

(I'm sure you're well aware) Sort of linked into the 1st point, given the global climate at that time (and TBH possibly more so pre-WWII, I think) I would suspect that a lot of Germanic names in particular would have turned suspiciously English (the Adelaide Hills suburb of "Hahndorf" was referred to as "Ambleside", and "Birdwood", and "Verdun" were originally "Blumberg" and "Grunthal" respectively - and I have a vague idea that "Klemzig" may have been renamed "Gaza" through the wars too).

Anyways - if any one finds a link to a flat file of names/surnames I can quite trivially run them through my anagram finder....

Anonymous said...

You can find the name 'Robin' within the first two lines.