A reader, GregoryF, has proposed a solution to Boak's puzzle
. Many years ago, David G. Boak of the NSA gave lectures to train employees on communications security matters. In one case he presented a written story about insufficiently burned crypto materials (keys, etc.), several tons' worth, that needed disposal.
Boak didn't quite explain how
they disposed of the waste. Instead, he coded the answer using an innocent text system
and challenged the readers to solve it.
GregoryF's solution is posted as a comment to the earlier article. He actually came up with two different solutions. The "system" behind the second solution gets somewhat complicated, which casts some doubt on its correctness. Also, I haven't quite recovered the same results.