Judge to Dan Brown: Code's Are a Doddle

You might have cracked the Da Vinci code after the first few pages, but have you heard of the Smithy code? The British judge overseeing the recent plagiarism case involving the author Dan Brown thought he’d try his hand at the code game himself by burying a surprise mystery in his 71-page ruling. The judge might have taken the crack, not to mention knowledge of the code itself, to the grave if he hadn’t tipped off a New York Times reporter to the story. Unfortunately the reporter failed to figure it out. Maybe the judge should keep his day job.