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From the people behind the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition.
Do you like solving mind-bending mathematical brainteasers?
Can you and your friends untangle some fiendish puzzles?
Would you like the chance to use your mathematical skills to win some great prizes?
Then the MathsBombe is for you!

MathsBombe is aimed at students up to Year 13 (England and Wales), S6 (Scotland), Year 14 (Northern Ireland). You don't need to be a computer whizz or a mathematical genius — you just need to keep your wits about you and be good at solving puzzles!

Mathsbombe 2023

Mathsbombe will continue in 2023! Details will follow towards the end of 2022.

What do I have to do and how can I take part?

The competition will start on Wednesday 26th January 2022.

Every two weeks a new pair of puzzles will be released, on Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (UK time). Each puzzle set contains two mathematical puzzles for you and your team to solve. The puzzles span the whole spectrum of mathematics: from fiendish logic puzzles in pure mathematics to applications of mathematics in real-world settings. You'll need to keep your wits about you and `think-outside-the-box': complicated techniques from A-level or computer coding probably won't help you!

The organisation of the competition in 2022 will be the same as in 2021, but differs from earlier years. While we are still releasing puzzles, the competition is open to the public with no registration. Unfortunately there won't be a forum this year.

Although you can't register a team for the competition this year, you are welcome to team up with your friends and attempt the puzzles together. You will be able to check if your solution is right, and we'll let you know if you are the first person to find the solution for that puzzle! Online certificates are available

If you would like to be notified about this and future Mathsbombe competitions, please sign up for an email reminder.

About the organisers.

MathsBombe is organised by the Department of Mathematics at The University of Manchester. It is the sister competition to the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition.

The competition has been supported by the Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Trust.

Mathsbombe Competition 2022 is organised by the The Department of Mathematics at The University of Manchester.
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