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14 May 2012

As promised, we publish today the solution to the puzzle we set yesterday 13 May 2012. If you have not yet read yesterday’s post, we suggest you do so now so that you can have a crack at solving the puzzle before looking at the solution below.

The eight organisations in question and the countries to which they belong are as follows:

PSB         公安局      Public Security Bureau         CHINA

FSB         ФСБ Федеральная служба безопасности

Federal Security Service                       RUSSIA

SVR        CBP  Служба Внешней Разведки

 Foreign Intelligence Service                  RUSSIA

KGB     КГБ  Комитет государственной безопасности

Committee for State Security                 RUSSIA

MI5       Military Intelligence section 5                      UK

MI6       Military Intelligence section 6                      UK

FBI         Federal Bureau of Investigation                  USA

CIA         Central Intelligence Agency                         USA


We also asked readers to decipher the following anagram. The anagram is a rearrangement of the letters and words making up a covert motto applicable to all the above organisations.

The anagram is:


The covert motto applicable to all the organisations is:



 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

 1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Das Vierte Reich/The Fourth Reich (6 Feb 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

5. What would Gandhi have said? (30 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.


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