The World's Hardest Puzzle

The World's Hardest Puzzle

By Stak

Archive is an investigative documentary series hosted by Tommie Trelawny and Nicky Anderson. Following the success of The Interruption, listeners can expect another captivating story from Season Two: The World's Hardest Puzzle.


In 2012, a mysterious organisation known as Cicada 3301 announced itself on the message board, 4chan. The cryptic post appeared online, seeking 'highly intelligent individuals.' What followed became known as the hardest puzzle on the internet. One that took players across the internet and into real-world locations. After two years of enigmatic posting, it disappeared - and was never seen again. The final puzzle was never solved.

 

Nearly a decade later, Tommie Trelawny and Nicky Anderson decide to take on Cicada 3301 for themselves. Who was behind these mysterious puzzles? And what did they want to achieve?




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Episodes

Episode Seven: Ultimate Truth is the Ultimate Illusion.

After months of twists and turns, Tommie and Nicky arrive at the end of their journey into Cicada 3301. What has the world’s hardest puzzle taught them? And what can it teach us about the internet today? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·34m 27s

Episode Six: The Key is All Around You.

Despite ominous warnings from the ‘Cicada Solvers’ Discord Community, Nicky gets in contact with the alleged founder of Cicada 3301. They wait nervously as the call rings… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·32m 27s

Episode Five: Patience is a Virtue.

On a late April evening Nicky is about to close her laptop when she stumbles across a YouTube video about Cicada 3301. Something about it doesn’t seem right. It leads her to a website, and even more questions… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·26m 23s

Episode Four: We Shall Await You There.

Years have passed since the internet last heard from Cicada 3301. Tommie joins the 'Cicada Solvers' Discord Community to see the progress being made on the final puzzle, the Liber Primus. Is it any closer to being unlocked? Meanwhile, Nicky discovers that solving puzzles requires thinking outside the box. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·36m 6s

Episode Three: It’s Dark Outside.

Liberty. Privacy. Security. These are the values that Cicada 3301 fight for. Tommie decided to delve into the murky world of privacy activism and the Dark Web. While meeting those who call the internet home, he stumbles across a revelation… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·23m 21s

Episode Two: We Want The Best.

The complexity of each set of Cicada 3301’s puzzles astounded everyone. Even the minute details seemed forensic... All we know is they wanted ‘highly intelligent individuals.’ But why did they want them? To get closer to the answers, Nicky speaks to an entomologist, and Tommie a cryptographer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·22m 41s

Episode One: Good Luck, 3301.

In January 2012, a cryptic post appeared online, seeking ‘highly intelligent individuals.’ What followed became known as Cicada 3301, the hardest puzzle on the internet. One that took players across the online space and then, to real-world locations. After two years of enigmatic posting, it disappeared - and was never seen again. The final puzzle was never solved. Nearly a decade later, Tommie Trelawny and Nicky Anderson decide to take on Cicada 3301 for themselves. Who was behind these mysterious puzzles? And what did they want to achieve? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/24·33m 35s

The World's Hardest Puzzle | Launching 19th February

In 2012, a mysterious organisation known as Cicada 3301 announced itself to the world with a cryptic post seeking ‘highly intelligent individuals.’ What followed became known as the hardest puzzle on the internet. One that took players to all corners the internet and out into real-world locations. After two years of enigmatic posting, it disappeared - and was never seen again. The final puzzle was never solved.Nearly a decade later, Tommie Trelawny and Nicky Anderson decide to take on Cicada 3301 for themselves. Who was behind these mysterious puzzles? And what did they want to achieve? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/24·2m 55s

The Interruption | Episode Nine: Epilogue

On a freezing January evening, Tommie and Producer Nicky wait in a carpark for a stranger.The Interruption is solved. They know who was behind it. So why are they here? What can this stranger tell them that they don’t already know?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/02/23·37m 9s

The Interruption | Episode Eight: The Gadget Guru - Part Two

Forty-five years later, Tommie has gone on a journey through UFO Religions, talking to alien impersonators, psychic illusionists and travelling to alien churches.He’s found out who was behind The Interruption, but the story doesn’t finish there.Why did he do it? Why did a former radio pirate turn gadget guru hijack a television broadcast? The answer begins on a park bench at the University of Bedfordshire. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/12/22·34m 44s

The Interruption | Episode Seven: The Gadget Guru - Part One

Two days after a massive dead end in their investigation, Tommie sends his producer a voice note: “That man is Vrillon, that man is Vrillon…”And with those words, the 45-year-old case has been solved. But, who was behind it?Well, you’ve actually heard from him already… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/12/22·27m 33s

The Interruption | Episode Six: Take Me to Your Leader

Out of a converted shop front in Fulham’s High Street lies the Aetherius Society – Britain’s oldest UFO religion.A large, life-like painting of George King, the founder and prophet, hangs above the Executive Secretary’s desk.In 1959, George King appeared on the BBC’s Lifeline, where the Cosmic Masters appeared to speak through him. The message was strikingly similar to that of Vrillon’s... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/22·37m 2s

The Interruption | Episode Five: Operation Space Pirates

We have explored the motive, but what about the method?Tommie hears from some of England’s most well-known pirate broadcasters. These pirate radio DJs weren’t messing around, they took their craft seriously, they loved what they did and they were willing to take risks.A new two-pronged search begins to unfold… Operation Space Pirates. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/22·29m 50s

The Interruption | Episode Four: Close Encounters

In the last episode, we met two amateur investigators, StarDoG and AP Strange.Like Tommie, the duo had fallen down the Interruption rabbit hole and had been working on this incident for years – with limited success.However, something they say sends Tommie on a road trip… and somehow he ends up on the phone to a certain spoon-bending psychic.Two new episodes dropping every Monday. Episodes 5 & 6 out on the 12th of December.Subscribe now to never miss an episode.—----------------Bournemouth University's Archives and Special Collections https://libguides.bournemouth.ac.uk/archives-special-collections IBA, 1977. Southern TV 1976-79 Programme Contract: Demonstration Poster - IBA Corfe Castle Television Relay Station, 29 November 1977. Bournemouth University. IBA Archive (File 3996081). Unpublished. IBA, 1967. Programme Contractors Southern 1957-1980: Letter - Summary of Technical Issues from B.Y. Bultitude [Southern's Chief Technical Engineer], 3 October 1967. Bournemouth University. IBA Archive (File 3995309). Unpublished. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/12/22·35m 56s

The Interruption | Episode Three: First Contact

Many UFO movements believe aliens can take control of humans and use them as their mouthpieces.Many of these “contactees” are still around today and some offer their psychic services online.It gave us an idea: why not put our questions to Vrillon directly?Two new episodes dropping every Monday. Episodes 5 & 6 out on the 12th of December.Subscribe now to never miss an episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/12/22·38m 7s

The Interruption | Episode Two: The Father, the Son, and the Flying Saucer

As The Interruption took place over the airwaves, we don’t have any physical evidence left behind. But we do have one thing: the message. You see, at the time no one really listened to what the alien had to say, it was simply shrugged off. But Tommie thinks that was a mistake…Two new episodes dropping every Monday. Episodes 3 & 4 out on the 5th of December.Subscribe now to never miss an episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/22·35m 57s

The Interruption | Episode One: A Breakthrough in Sound

For Southern Television, a TV station based in the south of England, November 26th 1977 was a day like any other.Until 5:00pm, when this happened.“This is the voice of Vrillon. Representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command speaking to you.”  Nobody came forward to claim responsibility for this event. No one has been caught. For forty-five years, this strange incident has remained a mystery.For Stak, Tommie Trelawny reopens the case…Who, or what, was behind The Interruption?Two new episodes dropping every Monday. Episodes 1 & 2 out now.Subscribe now to never miss an episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/22·38m 49s

The Interruption | Launching Monday 28th November

This story is not a work of science fiction. Everything you’re about to hear is true.On 26th November 1977, a mysterious alien voice calling themself “Vrillon,” broke onto the Five O’Clock News.Vrillon had a simple warning for the viewers of Southern Television: live in peace or leave the galaxy.For forty-five years, those responsible have not been identified. Tommie Trelawny has reopened the case.Who, or what, was behind The Interruption?Launching the 28th of November. Two episodes dropping every Monday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/22·2m 28s
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