The NAQCC June 2021 Challenge
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The Crossword Panic of 1944 Challenge
Over 150,00 Allied troops and 200,000 vehicles landed at Normandy on D Day. Aside from being one of the largest invasion forces of all time, the D Day assault was likely the greatest security challenge ever. Assault troops, staff personnel, naval forces, supply movements and nearby civilians were all security risks.
Who would have thought that a crossword puzzle in the local paper, the Daily Telegraph, could present a risk? Probably nobody, until the May 2nd puzzle contained the word “Utah“, a codename for one of the beach landing sites. Then the May 22nd puzzle solution contained “Omaha“, another beach site codename. Next on May 27th “Overlord“, the code name of the entire operation was part of the puzzle solution. Other puzzle solutions contained “Mulberry“ and “Trident“, two more D Day codewords.
This was just too much of a coincidence and MI5, the British security service, paid a visit to the crossword compiler, Leonard Dawe. He was the headmaster of the Strand School, in Surrey England, an area where there were many invasion troops housed. As part of making the crossword puzzle, his students would suggest words and he would then create clues for them. Luckily for Dawe, he was able to convince the MI5 agents that he was not a German agent trying to convey invasion secrets, but just an innocent puzzle maker. It was later thought that the students had heard the words from Canadian troops who were camped nearby and had no idea of their significance. Apparently various codewords made their way around the marshaling areas, but the most critical secret, the timing of the invasion, was successfully held very closely. Although this incident did not have disastrous results, it was an example of the wisdom of the WW II poster that warned “Loose lips sink ships“.
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z.
Just make ALL these words from calls of stations you work subject to the General Challenge Rules. (Any spaces in the phrases should be ignored. For example the challenge phrase "INVERTED V ANTENNA" should be treated as if it is the single word "INVERTEDVANTENNA.")
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
THE STRAND SCHOOL
MAY 2 UTAH
MAY 22 OMAHA
MAY 27 OVERLORD
The 87 total letters contain these 21 different letters & numbers : A C D E G H I L M N O P R S T U V W Y 2 7
You can use each letter in a call TWICE. For example you could use K3WWP for 2 K's, 4 W's, and 2 P's.
Subsequent QSO's with the same station cannot be used for additional letters. For example, no matter how many times you work K3WWP, you can only use his call for 8 of the letters in the words.
See General Rule #5 for more details on what callsign letters can be used.
If you need some help with your alphabet challenge record keeping take a look at our Alphabet Tutorial page for everything from some great pencil & paper methods to fully computerized tools.
A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone making all the words and submitting their report before the deadline.
A Participation Point goes to everyone making at least 1, but not all the words and submitting their report before the deadline.
A choice of an item made by master woodworker Gregg WB8LZG as shown on our prizes page here goes to someone selected via a random drawing from all who participate and submit a report for this month's challenge. A person can only win once, then they become ineligible for future drawings.
For your report, list the words you made and the station used for each letter in the word. The number of stations listed must be the same as the number of letters in each word, even though you use the same station for more than one letter as in:
WORD - K3WWP N2OD WA8REI N2OD
NEXT - NF8M W8REI N8XMS K9EYT
(Note how N2OD is listed for both the O and D.)
You may also include comments about the challenge. Please preface any comments you want posted with "SOAPBOX:" so we will know what you want posted and what is private.
Send your results as text in the horizontal format shown above to:
E-mail: (You must type that address into your email program.)
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC February Challenge
All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.
All the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.
Not eligible for a certificate or participation point for the following reason(s):
@ = Non-member
$ = QRO power