Fancy yourself as another Alan Turing? Reddit user ‘Cryptogreetings’ has uploaded a puzzle onto the platform with a prize of 1 BTC to whoever can crack it.
Cryptogreetings, a Reddit poster of unknown identity (Satoshi?!) has uploaded a word search for the blockchain generation. The artwork is made of a panel in which the Bitcoin symbol is superimposed over a jumble of words, all of which feature in the bitcoin white paper.
Somewhere in the artwork is the answer which will earn the first correct guess 1 BTC; knowledge of coding in a slightly different form from what this space is used to might be required here. Along with the post, ‘Cryptogreetings’ left this comment:
‘This work is comprised of Satoshi Nakamoto’s famous whitepaper words, scaled by Log N. Disparate ideas inspired Satoshi to create a solution to revolutionize modern socio-economics and industry. The work reflects on the elements that brought this technology to life and challenges the underlying security model. Hidden in plain sight lies something more: a treasure hunt. 1 BTC is concealed within the work’
Other Reddit users seem to believe the answer is a recovery seed or private key, located in the image.
There have already been some hints provided by the user, as well as the promise that consolation prizes will also be available. The BTC address of the wallet holding the prize has also been released.
The clues so far are:
- You can throw out at least half of the words in the picture
- Think in pairs
- Code easily, attack early
- Lost transaction costs almost users
- Try +1
- Almost open
At this point, it seems no one is close to solving the puzzle, although some users have put forward answers. However, the consensus is that this puzzle is exceptionally hard. One user summed this up:
I have no idea what any of this means
This is not the first time an artwork has been used as a puzzle within the crypto space. Andy Bauch, a Los Angeles-based artist, designed a series of artworks made from Lego in which around $10,000 worth of cryptocurrency was concealed. In February, a three-year race to solve the code hidden in another artwork by Marguerite de Courcelle was solved by a husband and wife duo, who claimed their prize of nearly 5 BTC – at the time around $50,000.
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Alex has been putting words on paper since he was old enough to hold a pen; when he bought his first bitcoin in January 2017, those words discovered their place within crypto as well. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and his special expertise lies in European cryptocurrency regulation.