CIA challenges wannabe spooks to tell what time it is in this photo… can YOU do it?

WASHINGTON: THE CIA has set wannabe spooks another visual puzzle – this time with a wintry theme.

The spy agency challenged Twitter users to “put your analytical skills to the test” by working out the time of day in a ski resort street scene.

The CIA has posted another tricky puzzle on Twitter

The image shows icy roads with tracks made by school buses and deserted ski lifts going up a tree lined hillside.

Many who took up the challenge reckoned the long shadows, snow on parked cars and the lit street lights were key to solving the puzzle.

One said: “Easy, look at the light poles turned on which means it’s 7am. Am I hired?”

Another agreed: “7am. The lights are on because they are still in the shadows and have not gone off for the day.”

A third reasoned: “7am. Transport for skiers are empty, street lights on (probably from the night before), school buses arriving? Snow on parked cars.”

But others thought it was afternoon, with one saying: “It’s 3.04pm and those buses outside the school are about fill up.”

“It’s also winter and the sun sets down before 4pm in many areas,” offered another user.

Twitter users spelled out their reasons for guessing

In a Twitter poll, one-in-eight people guessed 11am, a third said 3pm and over half reckoned it was 7am.

The CIA later revealed that 7am was the right answer.

It tweeted: “Most of you guessed correctly. Seems like you all have an eye for this. You should check out our careers page. #DiscovertheCIA.”

It is the latest of the CIA’s #TuesdayTrivia posts after a series of popular spot-the-difference puzzles – which saw eagle-eyed wannabe spies beat the agency at their own game.

The CIA has a dedicated page aimed at attracting youngsters to think about the agency’s work

In September the CIA challenged Twitter to spot ten differences in a city scene – but many beat them by finding 11 or more.

The CIA tweeted: “If you found more than 10 differences, you practiced good tradecraft. Always look for opportunities to learn more.”

Courtesy: (thesun)

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