If you are the team captain then on each live Challenge page you will see a “Submit your answer” box.
This box is for you to submit your decrypt of the mission document above it, either the Mission briefing (part A), or the Mission intercept (part B).
You MUST make sure you are entering the right decrypt in the box. Is it from the correct round (1-7) AND is it for the right part (A or B)?
If you are happy that it is then paste it in the box and press the Submit Answer button.
If you make a mistake you can submit again and that will never lower your mark, but the warning below the submission box is a reminder not to overload the system or to try to brute force the answer by guessing loads of times!
Some tips about your submission
You should ONLY enter a letter-for-letter decrypt of the message in this box.
You should NOT enter anything else into the submission box.We are NOT looking for a description of how you cracked the cipher, what sort of cipher it is, or any commentary on it.
It is a good idea to check that you have decrypted the ENTIRE challenge. Sometimes you need to scroll down to see the end.
Our solution checker will strip out any punctuation and spaces and will convert the result to uppercase. It has already done the same to our answer, and it will compare the two to see how similar they are. If they match then you have cracked the cipher and scored 100%.
DON’T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR ANSWER FOR BOTH PARTS OF THE MISSION, PART A AND PART B, AND TAKE CARE TO SUBMIT THE RIGHT ONE FOR EACH!
Can’t see the box?
If you are not logged in as the team captain you can’t submit the solution and you will see a reminder of that at the top of the page. Once the team have agreed on a solution make sure the Captain submits it for you!
If the final deadline for that round has passed you cannot submit your solution, but you will be able to compare it to the official decrypt that will be published on the page.
Checking your score
Once you have submitted a solution it will appear, together with your score under the submissions tab in your account page. You can click on any of these to see what you submitted.
Here you will get feedback on your answers so you can see how you are getting on. Your score gives you an idea of how much work you have left to do, and we will highlight the first character in your solution that is different from what we expected. If you have made a mistake you can resubmit as long as that round is still live. For later rounds we will delay the feedback to make the competition more interesting, so you should still check your answers carefully yourself!
And breathe …
Once you have completed a challenge you will get a congratulations message on the in the feedback section.