Kelley Kirklin announced as GCHQ Christmas Puzzle Challenge winner

Kelley Kirklin announced as GCHQ Christmas Puzzle Challenge winner

St Catz alumnus Kelley Kirklin (1982, Physics) has been announced as one of the winners of the ‘devilishly hard’ GCHQ’s Christmas puzzle challenge.

The first stage of the puzzle series appeared on the Christmas card sent out by GCHQ director Robert Hannigan.

The various stages of the quiz consisted of a range of challenges, including filling in squares, solving equations with Roman Numerals and arranging squares to get the first word of two-word film titles, with arrows and dice surrounding the word pointing to the letters from the second word. Many of the questions had multiple layers of answers to them.

More than 600,000 people tried to solve the puzzle series, with 30,000 making it to the final round of the challenge.  Kelley Kirklin, along with two other challengers, came closest to completing the puzzles. “Attempting the quiz was just an effective way to avoid the Christmas washing up!!” claimed Kelley light-heartedly.

Kelly Kirklin won a GCHQ paperweight, a pen and a signed copy of Alan Turing Decoded, by Turing's nephew Dermot Turing.