| The Avar Press Xen Cryptogram Competition
Be the first to solve the Xen cryptogram! The current reward is
$2500, through November 30, 2012. After that this opportunity is set to
expire. Open to the international community. No entry fee and nothing to
buy. Announced December 1, 2007.
1. The contest winner shall be determined by the first correct solution to
the challenge cryptogram shown above.
2. The encrypted message is contained in the novel Xen, on page 156 of
the first printing and page 177 of the second printing of the Complete and
Unexpurgated Edition. While the cryptogram is copyrighted by D. J.
Solomon, the text of the puzzle and hints are also available on the Xen
website, www.xenbook.com, and may be copied and used in any fashion
desired so long as appropriate attribution is provided to the author.
3. As noted, the encrypted message is a continuous text cipher, without
boundaries between words, like the Kryptos sculpture ciphers at the CIA
headquarters in Langley, Virgina as well as E. A. Poe's (? W. B. Tyler’s)
first cryptogram solved by Terence Whalen in 1992. The maximum prize
of $2500 is equivalent to the Poe cryptographic challenge solved in 2000
by Gil Broza of Toronto.
4. The Competition is open to the international community.
5. No purchase is necessary and there is no entry fee.
6. The Competition is open from December 1, 2007-November 30, 2012.
7. Cash awards, in US dollars, are as follows, based on when the solution
$750 from December 7, 2007 - December 31, 2007
$1000 from January 1, 2008 - May 31, 2008
$1250 from June 1, 2008 - November 30, 2008
$1500 from December 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009
$2000 from June 1, 2009 - November 30, 2009
$2500 thereafter, through November 30, 2012, all local Eastern time
8. The answer as well as the maximum cash prize have been deposited
with legal counsel. Click here for verification.
9. Avar Press will be solely responsible for determining the contest
winner, in conjunction with legal counsel.
10. In order to get credit and the cash award, both of the following must be
A method by which the plaintext has been derived
11. Proposed solutions shall be submitted by fax to 910-640-2470.
12. In the event that two or more correct solutions are received, the
Competition winner shall be based on the first entry received by fax. The
order and the date and time of entry will be based on the receipt of a
correct solution by fax.
13. Submission of an entry constitutes the contestant's agreement and
permission to publication of that entry in any fashion that Avar Press
chooses, without further compensation to the winner. The winner is
responsible for all taxes on prize money to the extent allowed by his/her
local jurisdiction. This contest is void where prohibited.
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