We have heard from the legendary code maven, Elonka Dunin, who gave us the answer to the Masonic “pigpen” cipher on the back of TLS: ALL GREAT TRUTHS BEGIN AS BLASPHEMIES. This is a quote from George Bernard Shaw. Elonka is one of the great writers on codes of all kinds and is the foremost expert on the Kryptos sculpture (except for the legendary sculptor Jim Sanborn himself).
We also heard from Billy Gates, code-breaker extraordinaire, who solved that cipher and went on to solve the small grid cipher on the back cover, lower left: YOUR MIND IS THE KEY. He did this within minutes after receiving his copy of the book. Billy had been watching for the UPS truck for hours. They even tantalized him by driving up and down his street but not stopping.
Mark Koltko-Rivera had the benefit of a head start because he was able to take a stroll last night around midnight and pick up a copy at 12:01 a.m. By 2:04, he was posting the answer to the grid code on his blog. Be careful! His blog contains a MAJOR SPOILER as the lead item at the moment.
David Shugarts, Contributing Editor, Secrets of the Lost Symbol.