UK Top Spies HQ Embarrassed By Online Quiz Whose Solution Spelt Dirty Four Letter Word

The UK’s top intelligence agency has apologised after social media users spotted an offensive word in the solution of an online quiz.

GCHQ is famed for its code-breaking prowess, playing a key role in uncovering Nazi messages during the Second World War.

However, the security body appeared to have suffered a brief lapse in concentration on Tuesday when it included a swear word in the answer to one of its regular Twitter puzzles.

The unfortunate post underlined the fourth letter in the names of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune.

A GCHQ spokesman: “We apologise for any offence inadvertently caused by this morning’s post. We deleted it as soon as we became aware of the issue.”

The tweet was deleted after being online for less than 20 minutes but in good enough time for the gaffe to be spotted by eagle-eyes “spies”.

A different version, minus the swearing, was later posted online, instead underlining the fourth letter in the names of all eight planets in the Earth’s solar system.

Twitter users were quick to mock the error. One said: “GCHQ have deleted their … see you next Tuesday tweet”.

Another added: “I hear the bureaucrats secretly giggling.”