A code hidden by a judge in his written judgement in the failed Da Vinci Code plagiarism case has been broken.
Mr Justice Peter Smith has explained how to crack the code in his 71-page ruling after two newspapers claimed to have solved it.
The message read: "Smithy Code Jackie Fisher who are you Dreadnought."
The judge admires Admiral Jackie Fisher, who developed battleship HMS Dreadnought, which launched in February 1906, 100 years before the case began.
In a statement, Mr Justice Smith said: "The message reveals a significant, but now overlooked event that occurred virtually 100 years to the day of the start of the trial."
"I hate crosswords and do not do Sudoku as I do not have the patience," he said.
He added that the preparation of the code took 40 minutes, with its insertion in the text taking the same length of time.
Mr Justice Smith said a typographical error had been added deliberately to "create further confusion".
The Da Vinci Code, which has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, features a number of codes the heroes of the book must crack to solve the mystery.
Mr Justice Smith had earlier said he intended it as "a matter of fun".
His entry in Who's Who lists him as a fan of Fisher, who is credited with modernising the British navy.
Mr Justice Smith Mr Justice Peter Smith (right) presided over the Da Vinci case
The judge had told The Guardian and The Times that the code was based on the ancient Fibonacci number sequence, which is used by the heroes in Brown's novel.
In March, Mr Justice Smith presided over a High Court case brought by authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who claimed Dan Brown plagiarised their own historical book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
But Mr Justice Smith ruled Mr Brown did not substantially copy Mr Baigent and Mr Leigh's work, saying it did not have a central theme in the way its authors suggested.
A film version of the novel, starring Tom Hanks as historian Robert Langdon, is released on 19 May.
Funny how a judge applies the Fibonacci number (Click HERE if you don't know what the Fibonacci numbers are)
Glad to see that the case against Dan Brown and the book failed. That way I atleast can enjoy the movie.
Isn't it funny how people with plagiarism issues don't come out about it until the author has made his first 40 Million? I'm glad they lost.
I don't care much one way or the other, but it's usually good when leechers' law suites fail.
You can either agree with meor be wrong.
12th November 2003
glad thats over, actually I thought this would be about the Da vinci mystery cracked. there s this program on the discovery channel about the da vinci code. turns out its just 1 big hoax.
jackthehammerglad thats over, actually I thought this would be about the Da vinci mystery cracked. there s this program on the discovery channel about the da vinci code. turns out its just 1 big hoax.
:rolleyes: Really? That fictional book is... fictional?
I can't believe how many people keep going on about finding out the 'truth'. It's damned fiction, treat it as such!
Well people love to speculate on what's true or not. I find that the amusing part of all. Hearing different stories on how and what.
I just love conspiracy theories...like those JFK shenanigans.
I never seem to find the point in lawsuits, but this one was rather fun
Ex-MøđęRāŧǿr ø₣ Geňęrāł Gāmíňĝ
31st January 2004
Its nice to see a judge having a bit of fun. I'm glad those people lost though, leeching of other people's work is a no no.