MathsBombe – the new maths-based competition aimed at A-level students (but open to all UK students in Year 13 (or equivalent) or below) – started this afternoon. This is the sister competition to the now well-established `Alan Turing Cryptography Competition’ but aimed at an older group of students and featuring mathematical puzzles. If you know anybody who would be interested in this then please pass this on (or if you know of any way of promoting the competition that we haven’t thought of then please let us know!). The url is: www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/mathsbombe

Students work together in teams (of between 1-4). Every 2 weeks starting from Wed 13th Jan at 4pm, a new set of puzzles will be released. Each puzzle set contains two mathematical puzzles – one (relatively!) straightforward, and one that’s perhaps a bit sneaky and perhaps not quite so obvious! The puzzles will span the whole spectrum of mathematics from fiendish logic puzzles in pure mathematics to applications of mathematics in real-world settings.

Entrants will need to keep their wits about them and `think-outside-the-box’: complicated techniques from A-level or computer coding probably won’t help! There are four puzzle sets in total (so eight puzzles across the competition). Points can be earned by solving each puzzle and there is a leaderboard that keeps track of how well each team is doing.

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