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Beat the clock and solve the famous 'Imitation Game' crossword puzzle

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Imitation Game
Jack English

In The Imitation Game, the World War II thriller about the top-secret braintrust that raced the clock to crack the German Enigma code, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) has an unusual technique to recruit high-IQ talent: a crossword puzzle. In 1942, he published a particularly difficult puzzle in the London Daily Telegraph, and invited those who could complete it in 12 minutes or less to apply for a job with his mysterious government outfit. One of those who passed the test was Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley.

On Thursday, the same crossword puzzle will appear in The New York Times, and The Weinstein Company is challenging readers to see if they can solve the riddles. If they succeed, they might be selected for a special trip for two to London and tour Bletchley Park, the top-secret facility where Turing and his team worked. “We wanted to come up with a unique way to pay tribute to the great minds that broke the Enigma Code during WWII,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, in a statement. “I personally tried to do the puzzle and quickly realized that the only game I could ever have played with Alan Turing, without embarrassing myself, was checkers.”

If you can’t wait until Thursday, there are hidden clues and a secret gateway in the film’s most recent teaser clip:

Some cryptic tweets have noted that some of the scribbling on the page at the four-second mark doubles as a web URL that leads to a crossword puzzle and a 10-minute ticking clock. Good luck, nerds.

The Imitation Game opens Nov. 28.