Matthew Parker's Decoder #2013-4

Could you make sense of the gibberish in the April issue? Here it is again:

Slimy Good Red The Ugly Shoe
Detectives Blue Feathers On Whit’s End
Read Yellow Things At Night Between
Purple Can Soon Letter The Green Wait
And See Lines Orange Harmonica

How It Works

This code tries to distract you with meaningless words. But did you notice that several of the words were colors?

Slimy Good Red The Ugly Shoe
Detectives Blue Feathers On Whit’s End
Read Yellow Things At Night Between
Purple Can Soon Letter The Green Wait
And See Lines Orange Harmonica

The word that comes before each color is part of Matthew’s secret message. You can ignore everything else.

Slimy Good Red The Ugly Shoe
Detectives Blue Feathers On Whit’s End
Read Yellow Things At Night Between
Purple Can Soon Letter The Green Wait
And See Lines Orange Harmonica

To write your own version, choose a different key. Any category—fruit, numbers, girls’ names, etc.—will work, as long as you include enough keywords that your friends can detect the pattern.

Once you’ve mastered the lorem ipsum code, crack this extra message. (Watch out for red herrings!)

There Trout The Paper And If
Tongue Glue Is Salmon You Eat Something
Mackerel Gray Want Now Of Scissors
Believe Knots Fishy Cod Then The Marker
Of A Wise Ruler Thinks About Tuna
With His Mouth Or Makes Pencil Teapots
Chocolate I This Minnow Because Knowledge
Book Reads The Code Piranha Hospital
Sleepy Chimney Of My Attractive Crayon
Tomorrow Emily Teeth

Click here for the solution.

Look for a new decoder in the next issue of Clubhouse.

Copyright © 2013 by Focus on the Family. Illustration © Gary Locke.