Matthew Parker's Decoder #2011-5

Red light! Still not sure if you should stop or go after seeing the traffic lights in the May 2011 issue of Clubhouse magazine? If you missed it, here’s that graphic again:

How It Works:
There are a lot of stoplights above, but you can crack this code fast—and without getting a ticket! The solution is to read the stoplights in the order they function in the real world: Red, then green, then green. Then red, then green, then yellow. If you see a stoplight that’s out of order, skip it! So you should discover a four-letter word for something you drill to find water or oil. Of course, that word means something different in this Bible verse from Ephesians 6:3.

In 1868, the first stoplight was invented in England. It had two lamps—one red and one green—and was powered by gas. It exploded in the first month. More than 40 years later, Lester Wire created the electric stoplight in America. People seemed to like it better since it wasn’t prone to blowing up!

Look for another secret message next month!

Copyright © 2011 by Christopher Maselli. Used by permission. Illustration © Gary Locke.