A new puzzle book inspired by Bletchley Park recruiters’ search for top-level codebreakers and written by historian Sinclair McKay has been published. Supported by Bletchley Park, the book draws on the tests they would have used to recruit, including hidden codes, crosswords and secret languages, as well as the fascinating stories that surround them.
McKay said: “It’s been a personal delight to explore the codebreakers’ compulsive puzzle habits – from debutantes and mathematicians tussling over The Times crossword to Brigadier Tiltman’s off-duty efforts to unravel the creepily mysterious Voynich Manuscript. Unlike these ungovernable geniuses, my own puzzle-solving technique is of the lip-chewing, deep-frown, hours-spent-staring-into-space-not-getting-it variety. But that is part of the fun too…”
Sarah Emsley, Publishing Director at Headline, said: “Through meticulous research and the love of a good puzzle, Sinclair has put together a fascinating, entertaining and mind-bending selection of mental agility tests, riddles, stories and enigmas that will be loved by Bletchley Park fans and puzzle addicts alike.”
Bletchley Park Brain Teasers is published with the support of Bletchley Park. Sarah Armond, Head of Communications at Bletchley Park, said: “There’s an enduring fascination with the codebreakers who worked at Bletchley Park and achieved so much in such difficult circumstances. We are sure that many of our visitors will jump at the chance to pit their wits against these puzzles and learn more about the great minds who worked here.”
Visitors to Bletchley Park can buy a copy of Brain Teasers in the gift shop, located in Block C.