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Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge 132

mikejuk writes "Queen Elizabeth II has made her first ever visit to Bletchley Park, the home of the UK's World War II code-breaking efforts and now a museum. To mark the occasion, the Queen has issued a code cracking challenge of her own — 'the Agent X Code Book Challenge' — aimed at getting children interested in cryptography. Perhaps a royal programming or general technology challenge is next."

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Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge

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  • by nickovs ( 115935 ) on Monday July 18, 2011 @05:33AM (#36798192)

    I had the pleasure of meeting HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at an event once and, upon hearing that I worked in cryptography, he told me about his time working signals in the British navy during the second world war. He said he had always been fascinated by the operation of the British TypeX [wikipedia.org] equipment that he used back then. I don't suppose that he did any code breaking but he certainly was using codes well before the Cypherpunks [wikipedia.org] came along.

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