[Cryptography] GCHQ puzzler for xmas
iang at iang.org
Sat Dec 19 18:36:17 EST 2015
On 15/12/2015 04:32 am, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 9:56 PM, Endless <3ndless at riseup.net
> <mailto: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 many disappear.
Hmmm... I could send in a solution under the name of "Phillip H-B",
hoping that the honorable PHB hasn't already named "iang" and I won't
disappear before I get mine into the post.
Santa's Cryptic Xmas Race Condition!
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