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The Challenge

The Elite Box Challenge are three scrambled poems or rhymes that you decrypt by shuffling rows and columns in a text square. However, this one is a far more difficult than its predecessor, the Crypto Box Challenge. If you haven't solved that one already, we recommend training your skills on the Crypto Box Challenge first, although not mandatory.

You can download the free Crypto Box tool to shift letters in a square. Be advised that using only the Crypto Box sofware won't be enough to solve the Elite Box Challenge. Retrieving the original position of the letters is a real challenge. Even the simplest shuffle with a few steps creates a most complex brain-teasing problem. What's in it for you? You can earn a place in the Table Of Honor and the respect of fellow codebreakers and crypto amateurs from all over the world!

*** LATEST NEWS ***

  • Gerrit van Woerkom opened the challenge on March 22 with the solution of one box.
  • Everyone can participate in the Elite Box Challenge! Your results will be listed in the Table of Honor.
  • The first competitor has entered the challenge and already solved one box!

How To Participate

The challenge started on March 18, 2022, and still open to everyone. Your task is to shuffle the box rows and columns in such way that the original text appears. You may solved the boxes in more or less steps than indicated, if possible. New in the Elite Challenge, for any box you solve, you move one place higher in the Table of Honor. If you cracked a box, then send an e-mail with your full name, country, the plain text solution and the used key (Crypto Box tool, menu Key - To Clipboard - as Steps). The date of sending determines your position in the table.

This time, the boxes are numbered only to identify them. Their order and number do not reflect the difficulty level. Your place in the Table of Honor is only determined by the number of boxes you solved. It is up to you to decide in what order you want to solve the boxes. The solved box number(s) are noted behind each participant's name in the challenge results. So you can also see in which order other participants solved multiple boxes.

The Crypto Box tool is optional but very useful. You can copy and past the text boxes into the Crypto Box tool, it's easy to shift rows and columns and the tool remembers the key you used, which you need to submit a solution. The software is also handy to create your own puzzles or encrypt short messages.

Tips on Cracking the Boxes

  • To limit the complexity there are never more that two successive identical steps.
  • The words are written out without any space or other characters between them.
  • The text might be trailed with letter(s) X to complete a box.
  • One of the texts is not written in English and once determined Europe's future.
  • One of the English texts is fractionated and has a connection with two famous inventors.

Important note: It is not allowed to publish or distribute the copyrighted encipered challenge messages or their deciphered version on the Internet or anywhere else, electronically, in print or in any other form, in order to preserve the value of current and future challenge table results.


ELITE BOXES

BOX 1
About 20 steps

LOLSTUTEOT
STSLONXXLE
AIENONSXCL
URDMGASAES
SEUTNEDOOE
UNTUNOBSNG
UCARMENBTO
UFFMEOOLNX
OESNMXNLLE
XVEOXETGDX
BOX 2
20 steps

SLLSLSSLSP
SPSSPSPSSS
LLSSPSLPLL
SLSLPPSPLP
PSSSPLPSLP
SSSSLSSSLL
PPSSPPLSPS
LLSLSSPSPL
LLSSSSSSLP
SSPPPPSPLP
BOX 3
More than 30 steps

DOXARDDEYA
GFSAROTELS
VDHETSHNEW
ADWUNVETGN
NAWELIDVAE
FOSWRWOAII
DNLNWDLTED
EXLOEEESEA
NXOEIELXDS
WWFELLDRSA


TABLE OF HONOR
ELITE BOX CHALLENGE

Started on March 18, 2022

 
  2 BOXES SOLVED 3 BOXES SOLVED 1 BOX SOLVED
1         Netherlands Gerrit van Woerkom [1]
2         Switzerland Matthias Engeler [1]
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