[Cryptography] GCHQ puzzler for xmas
phill at hallambaker.com
Mon Dec 14 23:32:10 EST 2015
On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 9:56 PM, Endless <3ndless at riseup.net> wrote:
> > Britain's most secretive organisation - GCHQ - has added a cryptic twist
> > to Christmas card season by including a baffling brainteaser.
> This reminds me very much of the depiction of the recruitment process
> stipulated by "Alan Turing" in The Imitation Game, where a crossword
> puzzle was distributed via newspaper for talented citizens to solve, and
> subsequently be recruited for the war effort.
> The publication of such a puzzle by Hannigan is likely somehow linked
> with GCHQ's recruitment operations for their (less than desirable)
> positions in mathematical or cryptographic fields, or perhaps the
> monitoring of those with advanced mathematical ability
An interesting hypothesis and one that should be tested.
So first we set up a committee to solve the puzzle, then send in entries
under names selected at random from the telephone book and watch to see how
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