GCHQ puzzle for IET readers October 2017, any one with same results?

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The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET www.theiet./org ) publication October 2017 attachment Early Careers has challenged readers with the following puzzle:
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Even with Texas Instruments TINA Spice simulator building the simple blocks was taking too long. The efficient way to obtain the equivalent resistor values in rational expression is with pen an paper.
The puzzle is also published here
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So far what I've done
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clear all;clc;close all
A=['RRELUVXYDPXOR';
'VHEAZXNETPZZO';
'LTAUMXOTWHEAX';
'GIYGEQTAPXDGX';
'WDWODELPSOTNY';
'XDVXENGIAFUXN';
'DHMRXZMDDOTIS';
'OQUATXVRBTRXL';
'DWP?RNDXFODLA';
'XGANXKIS?ILJX';
'TGEAMADKINXSZ';
'GLAALLEMXTDNX';
'SDXTHDELNXAPH';]
[szA1 szA2]=size(A);
% column 1 : n1
% column 2 : n2
% column 3 : dim 1 numeral horizontal pointing at columns,
% 2 numeral vertical pointing at rows
% column 4 : reverse, 0 no 1 yes
T=[4 3 11 2 8 1 5 10 7 7 7 1 7 3 11 7 5 6 13 3 8 3 2 6 2 1 5 3 7 10 4 2 4 5 1 5;
9 4 13 5 13 3 2 9 11 4 13 4 10 7 8 12 12 7 11 8 5 10 3 11 7 5 9 11 9 11 5 9 7 6 2 11;
1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2;
1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0;];
T=T'
[sz1t sz2t]=size(T)
S='/';
for k=1:1:sz1t
T0=T(k,:);
n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
S=[S A(n1,n2)];
end
S(1)=[]
U=[num2str(T(:,1)) repmat(' / ',36,1) num2str(T(:,2)) repmat(' = ',36,1) S' ]
nt=[];
for k=1:1:36
L1=U(k,:)
if regexp(L1,'T')
nt=[nt k];
end
end
nt
U(nt,:)
St='/';
for k=1:1:sz1t
T0=T(k,:);
n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
St=[St A(n2,n1)];
end
St(1)=[]
flip(St)
% =
% 'MVERWONDERWHATAPUZZLERMIGETDOZLLDAY?' % same as % St=St([end:-1:1])
% for k=1:1:sz1t
% T0=T(k,:);
% n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
% dim=T0(3);rev=T0(4);
%
% % A=swline(A,n1,n2,dim,rev);
%
% if rev==1
% n1=abs(szA1-n1+1);n2=abs(szA2-n2+1);
% end
%
% % MATLAB circshift dim 1 numerals are vertical, point at rows,
% % but here dim 1 means numerals are horizontal, pointing at columns
% if dim==1
% L1=A(:,n2);
% A(:,n2)=A(:,n1);
% A(:,n1)=L1;
% end
%
% if dim==2
% L2=A(n2,:);
% A(n2,:)=A(n1,:);
% A(n1,:)=L2;
%
% end
%
% end
% 01:
% taking into account circuit direction by reversing according to circuit direction
% taking into account whether circuit along vertical or horizontal
% 02:
% T=[4 3 13 5 8 1 4 10 7 5 5 1 5 3 11 7 12 6 1 3 8 3 2 6 1 1 5 3 9 10 5 2 4 1 1 7;
% 9 4 6 4 13 3 11 9 11 4 13 4 8 7 8 12 5 7 7 8 5 10 3 11 5 5 9 11 7 11 4 9 7 5 2 13;
% 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2;
% 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ;];
% 03:
% T=[4 3 13 5 8 1 4 10 7 5 5 1 5 3 11 7 12 6 1 3 8 3 2 6 1 1 5 3 9 10 5 2 4 1 1 7;
% 9 4 6 4 13 3 11 9 11 4 13 4 8 7 8 12 5 7 7 8 5 10 3 11 5 5 9 11 7 11 4 9 7 5 2 13;
% 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2;
% zeros(1,36) ;];
% 04:
% T=[4 3 13 5 8 1 4 10 7 5 5 1 5 3 11 7 12 6 1 3 8 3 2 6 1 1 5 3 9 10 5 2 4 1 1 7;
% 9 4 6 4 13 3 11 9 11 4 13 4 8 7 8 12 5 7 7 8 5 10 3 11 5 5 9 11 7 11 4 9 7 5 2 13;
% 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2;
% 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1;];
% 05:
% T=[4 3 13 5 8 1 4 10 7 5 5 1 5 3 11 7 12 6 1 3 8 3 2 6 1 1 5 3 9 10 5 2 4 1 1 7;
% 9 4 6 4 13 3 11 9 11 4 13 4 8 7 8 12 5 7 7 8 5 10 3 11 5 5 9 11 7 11 4 9 7 5 2 13;
% 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 ;
% 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0;];
% 06:
% T=[4 3 13 5 8 1 4 10 7 5 5 1 5 3 11 7 12 6 1 3 8 3 2 6 1 1 5 3 9 10 5 2 4 1 1 7;
% 9 4 6 4 13 3 11 9 11 4 13 4 8 7 8 12 5 7 7 8 5 10 3 11 5 5 9 11 7 11 4 9 7 5 2 13;
% 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 ;
% 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1;];
% 07:
% T=[4 3 13 5 8 1 4 10 7 5 5 1 5 3 11 7 12 6 1 3 8 3 2 6 1 1 5 3 9 10 5 2 4 1 1 7;
% 9 4 6 4 13 3 11 9 11 4 13 4 8 7 8 12 5 7 7 8 5 10 3 11 5 5 9 11 7 11 4 9 7 5 2 13;
% 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 ;
% ones(1,36);];
% 08:
% T=[4 3 13 5 8 1 4 10 7 5 5 1 5 3 11 7 12 6 1 3 8 3 2 6 1 1 5 3 9 10 5 2 4 1 1 7;
% 9 4 6 4 13 3 11 9 11 4 13 4 8 7 8 12 5 7 7 8 5 10 3 11 5 5 9 11 7 11 4 9 7 5 2 13;
% 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 ;
% zeros(1,36);];
% 09:
% checking again equivalent resistors, correcting errors
% S =
% 'PUZZLED?TRSLOOKINGATTHEUNUSEDLETTERT'
% ' 4 / 9 = P'
% ' 3 / 4 = U'
% '11 / 13 = Z'
% ' 2 / 5 = Z'
% ' 8 / 13 = L'
% ' 1 / 3 = E'
% ' 5 / 2 = D'
% '10 / 9 = ?'
% ' 7 / 11 = T'
% ' 7 / 4 = R'
% ' 7 / 13 = S'
% ' 1 / 4 = L'
% ' 7 / 10 = O'
% ' 3 / 7 = O'
% '11 / 8 = K'
% ' 7 / 12 = I'
% ' 5 / 12 = N'
% ' 6 / 7 = G'
% '13 / 11 = A'
% ' 3 / 8 = T'
% ' 8 / 5 = T'
% ' 3 / 10 = H'
% ' 2 / 3 = E'
% ' 6 / 11 = U'
% ' 2 / 7 = N'
% ' 1 / 5 = U'
% ' 5 / 9 = S'
% ' 3 / 11 = E'
% ' 7 / 9 = D'
% '10 / 11 = L'
% ' 4 / 5 = E'
% ' 2 / 9 = T'
% ' 4 / 7 = T'
% ' 5 / 6 = E'
% ' 1 / 2 = R'
% ' 5 / 11 = T'
% 10:
% reverse n1
% 11:
% reverse n2
% 12:
% reverse both n1 and n2
% 10:
% S2='/';
% for k=1:1:sz1t
% T0=T(k,:);
% n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
% n1=abs(13-n1)+1;
% S2=[S2 A(n1,n2)];
%
% end
% S2(1)=[]
%
% S2t='/';
% for k=1:1:sz1t
% T0=T(k,:);
% n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
% n1=abs(13-n1)+1;
% S2t=[S2t A(n2,n1)];
%
% end
% S2t(1)=[]
%
% % 11:
% S3='/';
% for k=1:1:sz1t
% T0=T(k,:);
% n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
% n2=abs(13-n2)+1;
% S3=[S3 A(n1,n2)];
%
% end
% S3(1)=[]
%
% S3t='/';
% for k=1:1:sz1t
% T0=T(k,:);
% n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
% n2=abs(13-n2)+1;
% S3t=[S3t A(n2,n1)];
%
% end
% S3t(1)=[]
%
% % 12:
% S4='/';
% for k=1:1:sz1t
% T0=T(k,:);
% n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
% n1=abs(13-n1)+1;
% n2=abs(13-n2)+1;
% S4=[S4 A(n1,n2)];
%
% end
% S3(1)=[]
%
% S4t='/';
% for k=1:1:sz1t
% T0=T(k,:);
% n1=T0(1);n2=T0(2);
% n1=abs(13-n1)+1;
% n2=abs(13-n2)+1;
% S4t=[S4t A(n2,n1)];
%
% end
% S4t(1)=[]
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The forward answer seems to be
S =
'PUZZLED?TRSLOOKINGATTHEUNUSEDLETTERT'
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and the reverse answer seems to be
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flip(St)
=
'MVERWONDERWHATAPUZZLERMIGETDOZLLDAY?' % same as % St=St([end:-1:1])
Ignore
T(3,:)
T(4,:)
I built those additional lines because I started considering it was a 2D Rubik cube so started shifting lines
Not anywhere near to anything critical like the French launch codes anyway.
As expected, like the IT crowd, lawyers and politicians, spooks will never ever tell you anything you already know ( unless they work for you, and pray they don't go Ryan Air pilots mode), but they will fool everyone else to thinking they have just revealed the most critical bit of information, ever.
Any one with same results?
  2 Comments
John BG
John BG on 15 Oct 2017
Thanks for checking. I think I am going to leave it here, the manual calculations for each block took enough time on their own. The closing day is October 17th.

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