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Code Veterans Try to Crack Ancient Carving

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Oliver and Sheila Lawn, former code-breakers in World War II who have been called in to try to decipher the meaning of mysterious letters carved into a monument at Shugborough House in Staffordshire, England. The letters -- D.O.U.O. S.V.A.V.V.M. -- are believed to be a code, and their meaning has never been established. Some have even speculated that they could be linked to the Holy Grail.

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As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.