Two astute Third Formers, Sophie Morton (3rd, Q) and Charlotte Maddinson (3 Q), were the first to decipher the difficult puzzle set by Head of Mathematics, Dr Brendan Enright, after a lecture on Cryptography: the art of writing or solving codes. The talk covered some aspects of the history of the subject, as well as substitution ciphers and frequency analysis. Dr Enright then set the following puzzle for Third Formers to decipher:
QEXZFORYNLBNPXOFEXFONYVOETDNZZTJTXFSNOCOCZZRYTOTSOXNLFXOEC FCOYTHTSBNLFZVRNFXOXATTOENFCSBXFCRZCDTQETYTRLRXZFQXOECZZFN YOFNPOCZTSOFCSBXSOTYTFOFCYTECRRVCSBPZNLYXFERYTRCYXSJRLRXZFPN YRLWZXDTICHXSCOXNSFXFDTSOYCZONXOFRLYRNFTWLOOETRLYFLXONPCD CBTHXDFLDDTFFXFWCZCSDTBWVOETRYNAXFXNSNPCYXDEATXSNPTIOYCDL YYXDLZCYNRRNYOLSXOXTFRLRXZFOCKTRCYOXSFRNYOHLFXDCYOBYCHCCD CBTHXDFNDXTOXTFCSBCQENZTRZTOENYCNPCDOXAXOXTFCZZNPQEXDEDN SOYXWLOTONHCKXSJOETHFTZPDNSPXBTSOCSBQTZZYNLSBTBVNLSJRTNRZT
Within only a few days, Sophie and Charlotte solved the puzzle independently and both were awarded a £10 voucher for their excellent work. The solution to the code was: “WHILST PROUD OF ITS HISTORY THE COLLEGE IS NOT AT ALL PRETENTIOUS IT HAS A TREMENDOUSLY POSITIVE ETHOS AND IS A PLACE WHERE PUPILS WITH ALL SORTS OF TALENTS AND INTERESTS ARE HAPPY AND FLOURISH PREPARING PUPILS FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS ESSENTIAL TO ITS PURPOSE BUT THE PURSUIT OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS IS BALANCED BY THE PROVISION OF A RICH VEIN OF EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES PUPILS TAKE PART IN SPORT MUSIC ART DRAMA”.