# Puzzles in Plain Sight: Secret Message in Hollywood Edition!

[Image courtesy of MathTutorDVD.]

I am fascinated by codebreaking, secret codes, and that whole subgenre of puzzle solving. Probably because I’m pretty bad at it.

Don’t get me wrong, I can crack your bog-standard cryptogram or alphanumeric message. I’m fairly good at identifying patterns and deciphering codes when it comes to simple three-, four-, and five-digit answers in most escape room scenarios.

But when you start getting into encryptions where a letter’s meaning can shift as the coded message evolves — like the one employed by a devious 10-year-old kid in a puzzly letter to Santa years ago — and I quickly find myself stymied.

It leaves me all the more impressed when I read about codebreaking efforts as ambitious as ENIGMA and as silly (and, yet, still quite impressive) as Futurama fans cracking the multiple alien codes in the show just from random snippets.

But codebreaking isn’t just about cleverness, pattern-recognition, and determination.

Sometimes, it’s about knowing where to look.

For instance, in Los Angeles, there have been secret messages being transmitted in plain sight for decades.

Just cast your eyes to the light atop the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles.

The building was designed to look like a stack of records on a turntable, complete with the spindle pointing skyward. It opened in 1956, and the president of Capitol Records at the time, Alan Livingston, wanted the light to send out a message in Morse code. On opening day, Leila Morse — the granddaughter of Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse code — turned the light on.

The secret message being broadcast? “Hollywood.”

The message blinked away for decades. But it wasn’t the only message the light atop Capitol Records would send over the years.

In 1992, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Capitol Records, the code was changed to “Capitol 50” for the entire year. Then it went back to the traditional “Hollywood” code.

A decade later, it was changed again. What was the message? A secret announcement that would excite millions of pop music fans…

“Katy Perry. Prism. October 22, 2013.”

But as far as anyone can tell, nobody noticed. This teaser announcement never made the local or national news.

And so far, there hasn’t been a secret message since. At least, not that anyone has noticed.

Still, best keep your eyes on that light. You never know if your favorite artist might send you a secret signal. And it sure beats looking for backwards messages in heavy metal songs.

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# Answers to the Morphy_me Puzzly Challenge!

A few weeks ago, we challenged our fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers to puzzle out an artistic challenge created by an Instagram account called morphy_me.

The account, credited only as Benji, features images that merge elements of both celebrities, somehow creating an image that is reminiscent of both, and yet feels strangely new.

Did you puzzle out which pairs of celebrities formed these images? Let’s find out!

#1

Answer: Emily Blunt and Katy Perry

#2

Answer: Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro

#3

Answer: Jessica Alba and Ariana Grande

#4

Answer: David Bowie and Kurt Cobain

#5

Answer: Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift

#6

Answer: Robert Pattinson and Christian Bale
(a future and former Batman)

#7

Answer: Margot Robbie and Sharon Tate

#8

Answer: Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix
(an all-Joker edition)

#9

Answer: Tom Welling and Henry Cavill
(an all-Superman edition)

#10

Answer: Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly

#11

Answer: Billie Eilish and Scarlett Johansson

#12

Answer: Rihanna and Cara Delevingne

#13

Answer: Bill Nye and Bill Nighy
(that’s just delightful wordplay)

#14

Answer: Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal
(hero AND villain from the latest Spider-Man film)

#15

Answer: Zendaya and Vanessa Hudgens

How many did you get? Let us know in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from you!

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