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Conundrum: Crack the Ultimate Cipher Challenge Paperback – August 13, 2019
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About the Author
Brian Clegg's most recent books are The Reality Frame (Icon, 2017), What Color is the Sun? (Icon, 2016) and Ten Billion Tomorrows (St Martin's Press, 2016). His Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity were both longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has also written Big Data and Gravitational Waves for Icon's Hot Science series. Brian has written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Nature, BBC Focus, Physics World, The Times and The Observer. He is editor of popularscience.co.uk and blogs at brianclegg.blogspot.com.
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1.1 (Literature) – Caesar’s novel
Decrypt the title of this well-known novel:
YMJ HFYHMJW NS YMJ WDJ
3.4 (Movies) – Of all the bars
The classic movie Casablanca is set during wartime, when conveying secrets safely was particularly important. Casablanca is also an unusual word because of the number of times it features the letter A. Our codemaker, inspired by watching
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, has designed a cipher which involves choosing a single letter which will appear repeatedly in the enciphered message. The message is simply found by taking each of the letters that appears immediately after the repeated letter. Unfortunately, she didn’t say what
that repeated letter is.
Source: I BET PEWS OR LEISURE CHAINS CAN SEEM TO STINK
OF EFFORT, GEORGE, UNDER NO ILLUSIONS OF
8.9 (Astronomy) – Edmond’s enigma
These numbers are a selection from a series (there are some
gaps): 1066, 1145, 1456, 1682 and 1986.
What numbershould immediately follow 1682?
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