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GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Phil Reynolds » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:40 pm

Anyone had a go at this?

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Post by JimBentley » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:23 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:Anyone had a go at this?
I did. This is (I should stress I've not completed it, just done enough to be pretty sure that it is) a

QR code and I don't know what to do after that

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:11 pm

Don't worry guys. Jim got to Russia safely.

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Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:18 pm

Just had a look. It's a glorified fucking Sudoku puzzle.

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Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:32 pm

I read the title 'GCHQ Christmas Puzzle', saw that Gevin was the most recent poster and expected a puzzle from him himself. I'm now disappointed to see bloody Picross. :-(

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Post by Stewart Holden » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:02 pm

I had a go and have got about halfway through the picross so far. I suspect it reveals a QR code, though, which I dubious about whether it would actually scan correctly.

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Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Graeme Cole » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:08 pm

The QR code is only part 1 of 5. When correctly filled in, it leads you to part 2, which is a series of multiple choice questions. Then part 3 is some word problems and part 4 is some number problems. I'm now on part 5. Part 5 is... well. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it makes Elfeshire's COLIN puzzles seem straightforward in comparison.

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Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Graeme Cole » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:22 pm

I think I've solved all the puzzles in part 5 now, but I'm not sure how to translate the solutions to the Algebraic and Manifold Agreement puzzles into keywords consisting of a word or string of letters, as required by the instructions at the top. Anyone else done it?

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Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Graeme Cole » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:29 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:I think I've solved all the puzzles in part 5 now, but I'm not sure how to translate the solutions to the Algebraic and Manifold Agreement puzzles into keywords consisting of a word or string of letters, as required by the instructions at the top. Anyone else done it?
Boom. Got the Algebraic keyword.

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Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Graeme Cole » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:04 am

And there's me thinking I'd nailed it ages ago.

The Sum puzzle looks far too easy, so I and many other people have probably overlooked something there.

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Re: GCHQ Christmas Puzzle

Post by Ian Volante » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:09 pm

See that bloke that won? That's my old flatmate and current quiz boss that is.
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