Turing competition

The maths department at Manchester University recently launched a new competition tied in with the release of The Imitation Game, the film about Alan Turing that you have no doubt heard of.

The competition involves decrypting three codes. I thought it was quite fun, if not particularly difficult. Here’s the link.

A new trailer for the film came out a couple of weeks ago. I’m quite looking forward to this. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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15 comments on “Turing competition
  1. Elaine says:

    Solving the clues is quite fun.
    I am currently stuck at the second one. You seem to have solved this. Can you give me a hint please.

    • phil says:

      Hi Elaine.

      There are (I think) 30 different symbols in the ciphertext, which is more than the number of letters in the alphabet. What do you suppose this could this indicate?

  2. lea says:

    can i have a hint for clue 2?

  3. josh says:

    I have been trying for hours. I dont understand the clues/not helpful enough for my thick brain. Any help please??

  4. jenny says:

    I have no clue how to solve 2. I need a clue or I am giving up. I have tried every word from the map and am not sure what to do from here.

  5. pash says:

    Phil, have you managed to solve it?

  6. pash says:

    Nooo!! thats in ages! we need another clue! Do I have to solve 3 first? what word should i look for? Is it on the map? Do I need to use a computer to solve it? do I need to wait till dawn and then hold it up to the light?

  7. Ben says:

    Please could you give a bit more of a clue regarding the relevance of there being 30 symbols?

  8. Nafeesah says:

    could you at least tell us what type of cipher/code it is? please :>

  9. Nafeesah says:

    well that’s too hard could you tell us the first word, pretty please with a cherry on top and little chocolate chips :)

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