Does This Look Like Voynichese?

Hoax 01

I wrote this using my “workaround” method, which lays out the text and lets the researcher change letter values at will to look for sensible text. It does not require the usage of the encoding/decoding method.

The letter values are “Set 4”, used in the paragraph text. Sets 1 – 3 are used in the labels.

Here is the text in the workaround format:

Hoax 02


I would be very interested in hearing what others think. Thank you.


This might be (read: probably is) premature, but I want to announce a possible partial translation of the text on f68r1 and r2.

I am not using my encoding/decoding method (see entry below), but the workaround I invented for my label work. By ‘workaround’ I mean a way to lay out the text and apply letter values according to the rules found by others without involving the method mechanics.

I assumed English is the language, used the Voy-101 transcription and started with two cribs on f68r1: COMET and MOON, chosen because they have letters in common and are likely to be there. I did indeed find places where they fit, and the next words to show up were OMEN and THE.
The workaround follows all of the following rules:
  • Claston’s letter frequency (i.e. Plaintext letter values are restricted to Voy letters of the same frequency level)
  • Neal’s letter substitutions and location restrictions
  • Roe’s letter order
  • Stolfi’s paradigm
  • All instances of the same Voy letter have the same plaintext value(s)

In addition, there is the rule used by the Author that is visible by the shading pattern of unused letters, that

  • in a given word, the most common value is used for all but one letter.

There are 44 words in the paragraph on f68r2. Of those 44, a valid (i.e. follows the rules) word was found for 40, or 91%. Of the remaining four, one is likely a proper name.

I have found that, generally speaking, the possibilities are limited to two or three valid words. This would explain the small vocabulary, as well as the repeated words.

For example, Line 3 word 1, EVA <tCheos>, can be either OMEGA or IMAGE, but nothing else.

EVA <or> can be DO, IN, NO, and ON, which would require four different English letters total. EVA <og> can be OF or IF.

To this point there is no indication that more than one sentence can be produced from the same Voy string. It was hard enough finding one for the two strings I have.

Rather than put the text up here, I have uploaded the two files to the MediaFire folder (link to the right) with the titles

F68r1 Paragraph Translation and F68r2 Paragraph Translation

f68r1 Paragraph Update

Due to family problems, my research has had to take a back seat for some time now, and I’m hoping to get back on track soon.

But I have discovered this: the 3rd word in Line 3, EVA <Shey> always comes out as “the”, no matter what other words I use as a crib. The “Sh” and the “y” swap the values “T” and “E”, but the “e” is almost always “H”.

By Philip Neal’s letter substitution rules (see below), “Sh” and “e” have two values, and “y” has one. Currently the other value of “Sh” is “C”, but I have not found the 2nd one for “e”.

My current crib words are “COMET” and “MOON”. I’ve found words that fit: a five letter word with five different letters, and a four letter word with three, one of them doubled. The letters in common allow the translations, and it’s a matter of determining (read: guessing) which other values go with which other letter. Then spread those values to the rest of the paragraph.

I’ve just started this version, but another word found is the 2nd word of Line 2, EVA <otChl>, which comes out as “OMEN”.

Research Update: f68r1

As I’ve mentioned, the letter value sets don’t work on the text paragraphs.

Since I have an interpretation for f68r1, I’ve been using likely words to find a crib, and I’m assuming it’s written in English. To this point, here is what I’ve got:

Line 1: COMET word word word word word MOON word MOTION
Line 2: word word word word word word word word BIT
Line 3: ME ON THE word word word word word word
Line 4: word word

Yes, it strikes me as weird too. I’ve probably gone wrong somewhere, but I’m going to keep working with this. Who knows?