# Sofis Cypher

by Peter Jägare

The first step of the solution is to discard all non-bold, non-italic, non-underlined letters. The remaining letters are to be divided into the obvious groups; note that there are exactly 72 of each. Convert each letter to the corresponding number (A=1, B=2, etc.), then add the numbers in triplets (first bold number + first italic number + first underlined number, second bold number + second italic number + second underlined number, etc.), yielding the following sequence:

45 41 38 41 40 59 53 45 13 31 40 45 34 27 38 38 54 44 57 53 46 34 31 67 44 31 51 31 45 29 27 40 19 31 57 45 41 38 67 14 59 38 35 48 31 45 20 34 61 45 27 40 56 46 34 35 45 33 35 22 31 45 38 35 58 31 72 41 46 34 31 31

Subtract 26 from each number that is greater than 26, and if it is still greater than 26, do so again. Then convert the numbers to the corresponding letters, insert spaces in the obvious places, and enjoy the last two lines from Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII (also known as Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?):

So long as men shall breathe or eyes can see

So long lives this and this gives life to thee