Teams received a laser cut wooden box with a cryptogram on each of the faces. Unfortunately, this puzzle is not currently online.


Glen Echo Park, Ballroom Cafe
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812

Teams were directed to this location with the following in-app flavor text:

You're finally starting to feel better. You're well fed, and you haven't actually died yet, which is a definite plus. You head up a hill and find what appears to be a run-down amusement park.

Flavor Text

This puzzle was presented with the following in-app flavor text:

Seems like Haymitch was right. You've found some sort of electronic box, probably left here by a team from District 3. Maybe if you can figure out how it works, you can avoid the fate of other less-clever tributes.


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    I'm sure you can't wait to start playing with your "XBox" but decoding the straightforward cryptogram first will make things much easier.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    The names on the other five faces are all very powerful individuals. Identifying them and their powers will help you solve this puzzle.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    The characters on the sides of the box are all X-Men. Perhaps you could somehow apply their powers to the box.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    For example, Scott Summers is Cyclops, who shoots a powerful beam of light. Trying that on his side should definitely help you a bit.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    Here are the powers: for Iceman, make the sensor cold. For Jean Grey, tilt the cube upside down. For Magneto, hold your magnet onto the face. For Surge, connect the screw on that face to another different looking screw. Each X-Men member toggles a different bit, which will allow you to combine their powers to enter the word FORCEFUL.


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle

    the red ring of death

Post-Solve Video

Upon solving this puzzle, teams were shown the following video:


  • Puzzle Design - Todd Etter
  • Box Design - Marcus Porter