Interesting cryptic fact #3
'How to find expert codebreakers ...’
This interesting cryptic fact #3 gives a fascinating insight into the British WWII effort. For more facts, see the links below …
During World War II, in the UK, the ability to solve The Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword in under 12 minutes was used as a recruitment test.
Military chiefs searching for talented code-breakers asked the newspaper to organise a timed crossword competition. Successful participants were later contacted and asked if they would undertake “a particular type of work as a contribution to the war effort”.
The work was at the United Kingdom's main code-breaking establishment,
Codes and ciphers of several Axis countries were deciphered there, most famously the German Enigma.
The high-level intelligence produced by Bletchley Park, codenamed Ultra, is frequently credited with aiding the Allied war effort and shortening the war.
You can read more about the code-breaking role of cryptic crosswords in
an article by Michael Smith
published by The Telegraph in the UK in 1998.
Fancy yourself as an ace code-breaker? These
free, step-by-step lessons on how to solve cryptic crosswords
will have you cracking clues in no time!
For more about the fascinating world of crosswords, see these links ...
Legendary cryptic crossword compilers …
The world’s most prolific crossword compiler …
Even in fiction …
What’s in a name …?
The letter most likely …
Return from Cryptic fact #3 to Crosswordacademy HOME