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Seeing Clearly

Problem

Looking through the shelves in a second hand book shop you stumble upon a book containing mathematical puzzles. What particularly catches your attention is that someone has written a message, in pencil, on the back page of the book:

NAELVHESRHAERTGQUWEKWJIATG
HZATMXATNHCSAQRXRZYLIONGGT
ARWBAGTSENRUBKUKFCFGAWLVOQ

Can you discover the meaning of the secret message?


Solution

Begin by removing every second letter:

N E V E R A R G U E W I T
H A M A N C A R R Y I N G
A W A T E R B U F F A L O

Reading across the rows, reveals the excellent advice:

NEVER ARGUE WITH A MAN CARRYING A WATER BUFFALO
Problem ID: 8 (Aug 2000)     Difficulty: 1 Star

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