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QUIZ: Can YOU decode this special flag message?

QUIZ: Can YOU decode this special flag message?

Thursday 30 April 2020

QUIZ: Can YOU decode this special flag message?


A special message for frontline workers will be hoisted atop Fort Regent today, but can you decode the naval flag cipher?

Spelling out a positive message for those caring for islanders during the virus crisis, the flags will be raised from the signal station at Fort Regent in time for the weekly applause in honour of the health service.

Organised by Jersey Heritage, it will coincide with the cannon being fired by the Master Gunner at Elizabeth Castle at 20:00 every Thursday evening to kickstart the weekly clapping ritual.

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Pictured: Master Gunner Chris Dalkner fires a cannon from Elizabeth Castle every Thursday evening to kickstart the applause.

Using naval signal flags, which symbolise different characters, in this way was the idea of one of Heritage’s signal station operators, Marcel Nedelec.

Marcel will be raising the flags at 09:00 today (30 April) and lowering them at 09:00 on Friday (1 May) with the help of Heritage Property Manager Chris O’Connor.

It’s hoped that the flags will encourage the island’s appreciation of local health and social care workers, but can you decode what the flag message says, using a naval signal key?

The message:

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Pictured: The naval flags spell out a special workers to coincide with the weekly applause for health workers. 

(Note: Ordinarily, the message would be displayed along one continuous vertical line, but for ease each word of the message has been displayed reading across left to right.)

The key:

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Pictured: Use the key to decipher Jersey Heritage's flag message.

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