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Signing up

Whether you are a pupil, teacher, parent or school, if you are following along with the cipher challenge and have not signed up, then can we encourage you to do so. It only takes a few minutes and it really helps us to monitor how we are doing with reaching out to everyone across the UK. We won’t use this to spam you and you don’t have to give us loads of info. If you are in a team and … Read on


Apollo 11 Flight Plan

Intrigued about what a flight to the moon really entails? You are not alone, so was I, so I took a look around the files at NASA and found this copy of the Apollo 11 Flight Plan. Full of detail that you won’t find elsewhere. Enjoy!


Welcome to the 2019 National Cipher Challenge

Welcome back to the National Cipher Challenge, I can’t believe we are now in the 18th year of the competition. Back in 2005 we travelled with Harry deep under the Arctic to the Lomonosov Ridge, as he worked to recover a Soviet spy satellite that had crashed in the northern waters. The mission took place in 1957 and this year’s competition starts as Harry returned to the US to receive his new assignment. You will be working with him to … Read on


And the winners are …

Everyone. Everyone who took part in this year’s challenge, including me. At least, I hope so. It has been a real pleasure watching you all struggle, strive and succeed, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Of course we do have some prizes to award, so without much further ado, but with a flourish and a fanfare, here they are. The GCHQ Prize of £1,000 is awarded to Claire Carlotti (Kalicali) of Sir Roger Manwood School. … Read on



At 23:00 last night Challenge 9 drew to a close bringing to an end this year’s National Cipher Challenge. I want to give heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part this year: to all the competitors and their supporting teachers and family; to the staff at 10 Degrees who built and managed the website and at OnImpact who designed the poster; to our followers on Twitter who spread the word about the competition, and especially to Tom Keay (@TeaKayB) at … Read on