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The Challenge

The Elite Box Challenge is a contest to decipher three scrambled pieces of text. This one is a far more difficult than its predecessor, the Crypto Box Challenge. If you haven't solved that one already, we recommend to train your skills by solving the Crypto Box Challenge, although it's not mandatory.

You can download the Crypto Box software, a 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 create 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 the first 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

It is your task to shuffle the rows and columns of the boxes in such way that the original text appears. New this year, for each box you solve, you move one place higher in the Table of Honor. If you cracked a box, send an e-mail with your full name, country, the plain text solution and the used key (Crypto Box key format). The date of sending also determines your position in the table.

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. It's all your choice. The solved box number(s) are noted behind each participant's name in the challenge results. This way you can also see who already solved which boxes in what order.

Some 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 letters 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.

Finally, if you deciphered a message, please do not publish or distribute the solution on the internet or elsewhere!


The Elite Boxes

BOX 1
20-30 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


CHALLENGE
WINNERS


1 BOX SOLVED

1         Netherlands Gerrit van Woerkom [1]
2         Switzerland Matthias Engeler [1]
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