MI6 releases Christmas Card brainteaser in bid to sign-up spooks

“Yeah… happy Hanukkah cocksuckers… How’s the family Alex?”

MI6 releases Christmas Card brainteaser in bid to sign-up spooks

On her Majesty’s festive service: MI6 sends Christmas Card to its British spies with a microscopic fingerprint code for them to crack in the event that they need to work out secret well-wisher’s identification

  • The spy service has despatched out Christmas playing cards to its members and associates
  • The design has a robin, a bauble and a martini glass created with ‘fingerprints’
  • However hidden within the whorls and contours are messages written in microscopic textual content

By Joel Adams For Mailonline

Printed: 06:24 EST, 16 December 2019 | Up to date: 06:38 EST, 16 December 2019

The Secret Intelligence Service – usually colloquially referred to as MI6 – has despatched out Christmas playing cards which have microscopic messages hidden in ‘fingerprints’ within the design.

The cardboard options basic Christmas designs – a robin, a bauble, a Christmas pudding – and even a martini glass, probably a reference to the Service’s most well-known (fictional) member, James Bond.

However hidden within the whorls and contours are tiny clues, encouraging recipients to pore intently over the missive to find out who despatched it to them.

And if it stands proudly on the mantelpiece of a Christmas social gathering this season, it’s a digital certainty the host is in – or has buddies in – the spy world.

The whorls and contours of the fingerprints which make up the designs are themselves strains of just about microscopic textual content which embody clues to direct you to the sender. Or you may simply flip it over and skim the again

The clue hid within the Christmas cracker’s gray shading reads: ‘Strive the robin, only a cracker, no joke.’

The tiny writing, which is invisible to the bare eye, on the robin’s breast states: ‘Sadly I am not the message. Strive wanting on the plum pudding.’

And, the microscopic swirl of phrases on the Christmas pudding says: ‘There is not any silver sixpence in me. You could have higher luck with the crimson nostril reindeer.’

the Telegraph reported that the phrases hidden within the thumbprint used because the backdrop to the reindeer’s face reads ‘you undoubtedly want to have a look at the olive… however that is perhaps a little bit too apparent.’

The olive – once more created from a fingerprint and this time in a martini glass – would appear to be a nod to the vodka martinis loved by James Bond.

However the the message hidden within the olive says, disappointingly, ‘I am a crimson herring. Strive one thing else.’

As soon as keen-eyed recipients attain the bauble, nevertheless, the textual content when considered by means of a magnifying glass says: ‘You could have discovered the clue simply look a little bit nearer.’

The message on the again of the cardboard is in inexperienced kind – utilized by present head of the service Sir Alex Youthful and each ‘C’ earlier than him in homage to founding chief Sir Mansfield Cummings

Cautious inspection of each miniscule line of writing finds the sentence: ‘Check out the again of the cardboard.’

On the again, in tiny textual content, in inexperienced font – a nod to the writing type of founding MI6 boss Sir Mansfield Cumming and each ‘C’ since his tenure together with present head Sir Alex Youthful – is written: ‘You’ve got discovered the key message. Effectively accomplished.

‘Wherever you might be on this planet, have an exquisite Christmas and a affluent New 12 months. From your pals within the Secret Intelligence Service.’

The SIS web site explains that ‘we’re secretly similar to you’ and says ‘our folks work secretly around the globe to make the UK safer and extra affluent’. It provides: ‘We’re artistic and decided – utilizing cutting-edge know-how and espionage.’

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