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Answer to (and winner of) our March 2022 competition
Last month's competition invited you to decrypt a message encoded in Excel coloured cells - this blog gives the answer and winner!

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 March 2022

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Answer to (and winner of) our March 2022 competition

Last month we asked you to decipher this message:

The colourful message

The RGB colours for each cell yield an encrypted message.

One way to solve this is with a macro written in VBA.  You can see not only a solution but also the code to set the puzzle in this workbook:

Decryption macros

The decryption macros are in the first module.


Here's the final message this reveals: 

Final message

The final message is (as a bit of Googling would reveal if you haven't read it) a quote from 1984, by George Orwell.

Congratulations to Mike Nicholson of IBM, who wins this month's £50 Amazon voucher (his was the first entry out of 16 received picked out of our randomised sorting hat).

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