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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Intelligence & Counterintelligence. One of the resources recently added to Credo Reference is the Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence by M. E. Sharpe. If you fancy yourself as a spy or secret agent, try to answer these questions which can all be answered from this title. Answers here.

1. Central to justification of war against Iraq in March 2003 were assertions that Saddam Hussein was embarking on building WMD. What does "WMD" stand for?
2. In which city is the Lubyanka?
3. Which terrorist network has a name which is Arabic for the "Solid Base"?
4. Who led the Cuban Revolution that overthrew the dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959?
5. What was the name of the German encoding device whose code was broken by Alan Turing in World War II, which led to Allied victory in the Battle for the Atlantic?
6. Ian Fleming wrote the first James Bond novel in 1953. Was it called "Thunderball", "Dr. No", or "Casino Royale"?
7. The SOE was a UK intelligence organization. What did the letters "SOE" stand for?
8. Name three of the four zones into which Berlin was divided at the end of World War II.
9. In the 1930s, a group of four Englishmen from Cambridge University were famously recruited as Soviet spies. Name three of them.
10. "PURPLE" was a codename for a cipher machine introduced in 1939 by which people?

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