CiSRA Puzzle Competition 2009 - Solutions
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D.4 Date with Destiny
Each date on this calendar is a famous decapitation. Most of the dates are in the standard western calendar of the day (Julian or Gregorian, as the case may be). The red dates, however, refer to French victims, and are given in the French Revolutionary Calendar, which has different month names and denotes years with Roman numerals, beginning in the year of the Revolution, 1792.
Following the path indicated by the circles, starting at the 16th, we have:
In each case the name of the month is missing from the puzzle, except for the unfortunate King Louis in Pluviôse, in which the missing information is the year - the missing year in this case is the year I of the Revolutionary Calendar.
Reading the initials of each missing month and "I" for Louis XVI, we get the phrase:
GAIMAN SON OF SANDMAN