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Would Bletchley Park have recruited YOU? Try our Chessboard War puzzle!

Posted on: 23/11/2017 with tags: Bletchley Park Brainteasers, Enigma, Puzzles, world war II, 20th Century, WW2

When scouring the land for top-level code breakers, the Bletchley Park recruiters left no stone unturned. As well as approaching the country’s fi nest mathematicians, they cast their nets much wider, interviewing sixth-form music students who could read orchestral scores, chess masters, poets, linguists, hieroglyphics experts and high society debutantes fresh from finishing school. To assess these individuals they devised various ingenious mind-twisters – hidden codes, cryptic crosswords, secret languages, complex riddles – and it is puzzles such as these, together with the fascinating recruitment stories that surround them, that make up the backbone of this book.

The code breakers of Bletchley Park were united in their love of a good puzzle. If you feel the same, why not dive in, put your mental agility to the test and discover: Would Bletchley Park have recruited YOU?

Why not test your skills with this Chessboard War puzzle from the book?

The complete book is available now

 

Jo Liddiard

Post author: Jo Liddiard

Jo represents Headline on the H for History team, and likes to spend her Sunday afternoons wandering the gardens of historical buildings. Preferably with ice-cream.

Favourite period of history: V hard to pick but probably The Tudors!
Favourite historical read: Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy or Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham
Upcoming book I’m most looking forward to: Antonia Hodgson’s A Death at Fountains Abbey

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