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Announcement

Just keep you all updated. I will be posting results tonight and a new more feindish puzzle to keep you going for the next 2 weeks.

SteveC has just put this together for us. We are working on a few things and this should give you the low down:

The search for the key to the 13th labour has now surpassed 60% of the possible combinations. All is going swimmingly and the early teething problems have now been extinguished. All in all, I think everyone should send a message to chimera to tell him how absolutely fabulous he is. I'm sure wave4 silvers wouldn't go amiss either ;) While you're at it, the work by GuiN and other contributors to the website and blog in drumming up support have been outstanding too, so three cheers!

However, the downside of reaching 60% is that the statisticians amongst you may be starting to wonder where it might end. Also, those who keep an eagle eye on the world of PXC might wonder exactly what Kurt was talking about when he mentioned cryptography and punctuation in a message to Karen at Crypto. There are no co-incidences. Well, not in heavily plot driven universes anyway.

Neither are reason to panic, but they are a reminder that what we're doing is not exactly brute force, more "intelligent brute force". We're making a lot of assumptions in the current attack. We're assuming that essentially, the key to it all would be guessable by a human. To that end we've only looked at keys that contain the numbers 0-9 and the letters a-Z.

To ensure continuity I think it's time we started looking to the future expansion of the search space. We've got some good ideas of where to go next, what combinations to try.

That's all for now, but I just thought I'd put it out there that these things are being thought about. Over the next couple of days, I should be posting an update as to what exactly all of this might entail.

In the meantime, lets try to redouble our efforts to get through the current search as soon as possible. Anyone out there who has a computer running for some or all of the day can help by getting the client running. The prize pool is now worth quite a lot, certainly worth the 5 mins it takes to set the client going on your computer!
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13th Labour on tour...

As part of the whole SF build up and wave 4 release etc. i am posting on 1up and have decided to make a few podcasts starting with the launch partay. I am hoping to interview a lot of players and Mind Candy staff alike and will be pimping the 13th labour client to the world...

[EDIT] Ps. Any moment now..... Happy 8 million wus \o/ [/EDIT]

Prism

2 Black cards (of your choice) to the winner!



Architect Echidna

Closing date 2nd August

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The answer and results to Rock Time can also be found here
Puzzle, RC5, Solve, ARG

Just to clarify

a few of these times....

and this is your hint :) (as it will practically give it away

12:55
11:58
12:51
3:45

Rock Time
I am going to be generous. 1 silver card to the winner (should make up for my abscence!)



Architect Gaspar Lewis

Closing date 23rd July

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The answer and results to Buzmans Return can also be found here
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Hooorrraaaahhhhhh

I have passed my postgrad course \o/ - meaning I am truly finished.

Keep them entries a coming!!!

And WOOOT 50%

Rock Time
I am going to be generous. 1 silver card to the winner (should make up for my abscence!)



Architect Gaspar Lewis

Closing date 23rd July

Submit your answers here

The answer and results to Buzmans Return can also be found here
Puzzle, RC5, Solve, ARG

Back in action

Many thanks for all your patience. I am now free of the shackles of life in general and have got a lot to work on.

So here it is a new puzzle, the results to the last one (okay about 1 month late!!!) and I have plenty in the pipeline for you.

Rock Time
I am going to be generous. 1 silver card to the winner (should make up for my abscence!)



Architect Gaspar Lewis

Closing date 23rd July

Submit your answers here

The answer and results to Buzmans Return can also be found here
Puzzle, RC5, Solve, ARG

Update

Just to let you know that I am still alive and that RL is really stacked out. I have a final peice to complete for my course and its a biggie. Just got a few bits to do and all should be completed with the week. If I get a moment I will update the site and the puzzles.

Needless to say thanks for keeping them running we are well and truly past 40%

I will return anon :)
Puzzle, RC5, Solve, ARG

Puzzle update

Well another successful and fun puzzle. RL is alas quite busy and as such I will not have time to update teh site and give you the results of the current puzzle or a new one. I am away at an "enrichment" week as part of my main job so will be offline ish (although I am sure that I will find a way!) until next Friday.

I will post new puzzles (yep puzzles! Watch this space!) and the results then.

Keep them clients running I expect us to reach the 6 million mark easily.

Well see you all soon
Puzzle, RC5, Solve, ARG

New Puzzle

Ive got a lot to deal with in RL over the next 10 days so this should keep you going until the 1st of July ;)

Ive not been given a name so ive called it:

Buzman's Return
(as it's his second puzzle and I thought revenge was too evil - if he offers up a name i will amend it accordingly!)

For your chance to win a selection of 4 black PXC cards of your choice can you solve this?



Architect Buzman

Closing date 1st July

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The answer and results to Grey Matter can also be found here
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Wooo

so the hint helped having just seen a correct answer in my inbox :)

will post details and update site

Keep your eyes peeled - new puzzle on its way

On another note we are steadily nearing 4 million work units ;)