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The following are keys for the Countdown page.



Cipher Key # Key Puzzle Resulting URL
1 wh0isl0ki 9x9 letter grid
2 wh3r3t0g0 HTML code
4 iw4nttwinyou phone number
5 imm0rtaliz3m3 audio file
6 3akix3ozidd1b / 3scap3grav1ty 20x20 letter grid
 ? formula colored connect the dots


Method of discovery: Somebody named "lokivanishes" posted a hint in a forum at neowin. The content of that hint is this:

Well, I don't normally do this, but since you guys were first on the scene, here's a cypher key for you. Impressive job!

More to come....but not delivered like this. Keep your eyes on the Post.

Good luck!



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This grid...

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And this leads to a URL.

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Cipher Key 2

Method of discovery: Laughing Squid received a Puzzle Box Package containing the following key:

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This gives us a key and resulting page...

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Html clue.png

Solving this...

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...leading to the URL...

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Cipher Key 4

Method of discovery: A poster at a Halo site received a mysterious Puzzle Box Package containing a grid. (See his post.)

12/23/2006: Earlier today I received a package from Microsoft containing a puzzle box, which after figuring out the puzzle and opening it, contained a small 256MB USB Key. The Key contained a video, a letter, and a cipher key, which I have attached below ... the key seems to be related to the image on the Internet Explorer blog. Anyone figure it out?

Iwant grid.png

This gives the key and resulting page...

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Further investigation shows...

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This leads to a new page...

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Cipher Key 5

Method of discovery: Doug Stockwell performed cryptanalysis on the entire ciphertext, scanning through various possible decryptions. Later, an official key with the same information was discovered by Gear Live.


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Analyzing this file...

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This leads to a new URL.

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Cipher Key 6

This key was mailed to people on a 256MB memory stick in a silver envelope. However, apparently an error was made as it should have read "Rot -4" rather than "Rot +4" in the picture:


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This key is not the "word" it should have been. Apparently someone realized the mistake and posted a corrected picture as lokivanishes in the Neowin forum (post was later removed):



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However, the website will still accept both keys, and both lead to the same page:


This picture again has two errors in it (is Loki that sloppy?):

1) The numbers at the end of the second row have to be: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1
2) The numbers at the bottom of the 11th column have to be: 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1

Solving this...

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This leads to a URL

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Ignition Video

A new YouTube video, Ignition, was discovered. (ref) It hints pretty strongly that a key is "formula" and entering that key gives the following result:


With this, you...

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This leads you to a new URL

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