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  • #33779
    Anonymous
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    A place to ask Harry questions about himself, hopefully, we get unclassified answers 🙂

    What’s Harry’s favourite book at the moment?

    #33796
    Anonymous
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    Good question. Lots of favourites. Bet you haven’t read “Group representations in Probability and Statistics” by Percy Diaconis! (or his fantastic book with Ron Graham called Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks – on second thoughts that is much more Christmassy!)

    For fiction, this year Harry read (among other things) American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. Hard to see a pattern there.

    Waiting to be read on the shelf are Design Crazy by Max Chafkin (about Steve Jobs), Birth of a Theorem by Cédric Villani and the last three novels in the Jack Aubrey/ Maturin series by Patrick O’Brien. (The competition story was inspired in part by that series in 2006 and Harry has still not got round to finishing the series!)

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    #33800
    Anonymous
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    Favourite cipher? From Cipher Challenge or just in general.

    #33804
    Anonymous
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    Hard to say. I was blown away by the RSA cipher when first told about it. It made the Enigma cipher seem very old fashioned, but then I didn’t understand the subtlety of the Enigma back then and am very fond of it now. Maybe those choices are a bit predictable though. Hmmmmm.

    #33805
    Anonymous
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    Mince pies, wrapping presents, being kind to the Elves. Keeping an eye on the site to see how you are all getting on!

    #33801
    Anonymous
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    What’s Harry doing for Christmas?

    #33809
    Anonymous
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    What are you most afraid of?

    #33818
    Anonymous
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    What started your interest in ciphering?

    #33823
    Anonymous
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    Which code breaking do you prefer for a Christmas viewing: Enigma, Breaking the Code, The Imitation Game, National Treasure or The Da Vinci Code? Or something else?

    #33836
    Anonymous
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    That depends on a lot of things. Not keen on snakes though!

    #33837
    Anonymous
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    Easy one- The Code Book by Simon Singh.

    #33838
    Anonymous
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    Have a soft spot for the Robert Redford movie Sneakers, probably because I loved the movie 3 days of the condor too. National Treasure is quite cipher challenge-y though. Nowadays usually spend at least some of Christmas with Sherlock. Shame there isn’t a new one this year.

    #33863
    Anonymous
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    Is harry a Time Lord? Looking forward to the Doctor Who Christmas special?

    [Q: Is harry a Time Lord? A: What sort of spook would give out information like that?
    Q: Looking forward to the Doctor Who Christmas special? Yes!]

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    #33939
    Anonymous
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    Yeah Harry- Code Book is great. Even got its own cipher challenge!!!

    #33962
    Anonymous
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    Q: Where do you get your inspiration for 8B from? Especially in years like last year, where you created your own cipher!

    A: Excellent question. I have no idea! It is a lot like maths research, you immerse yourself in it and it becomes part of your waking life. You find yourself thinking about it in odd moments, and then an idea just pops into your head. But you have to live it!]

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