June 20, 2021

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Flare-On 7 Challenge Solutions

Flare-On 7 Challenge Solutions

We are thrilled to announce the conclusion of the seventh annual
Flare-On challenge. This year proved to be the most difficult
challenge we’ve produced, with the lowest rate of finishers. This
year’s winners are truly the elite of the elite! Lucky for them, all
260 winners will receive this cyberpunk metal key.

Flare-On 7 Challenge Solutions

We would like to thank the challenge authors individually for their
great puzzles and solutions:

  1. fidler – Nick Harbour (@nickharbour)
  2. garbage – Jon Erickson
  3. Wednesday – Blaine Stancill (@MalwareMechanic)
  4. report – Moritz Raabe (@m_r_tz)
  5. TKApp – Moritz
    Raabe (@m_r_tz)
  6. CodeIt – Mike Hunhoff (@mehunhoff)
  7. re_crowd
    – Chris Gardner, Moritz Raabe, Blaine Stancill
  8. Aardvark –
    Jacob Thompson
  9. crackinstaller – Paul Tarter (@Hefrpidge)
  10. break –
    Chris Gardner
  11. Rabbit Hole – Sandor Nemes (@sandornemes)

This year’s Flare-On challenge was the first to feature a live
public scoreboard, so players could track their progress and the
progress of previous Flare-On challenge champions. Despite this
increased data at your fingertips, we are still going to bring you
even more stats. As of 11:00am ET, participation was near record
setting levels at 5,648 players registered. 3,574 of those players
finished at least one challenge.

The U.S. reclaimed the top spot for total finishers with 22.
Singapore was once again in second place, but in uncontested first
place per capita, with one Flare-On finisher for every 296,000 living
persons in Singapore. This is the first year we have included a per
capita finishers by country chart, and we did it to highlight just
what a remarkable concentration of talent exists in some corners of
the world. Consistent top finisher Russia took third place, and a
growing player base in Germany and Israel came into full bloom this
year, with those countries edging out other frequent top five
countries such as China, India and Vietnam.

All the binaries from this year’s challenge are now posted on the Flare-On
website
. Here are the solutions written by each challenge author:

  1. SOLUTION
    #1
  2. SOLUTION
    #2
  3. SOLUTION
    #3
  4. SOLUTION
    #4
  5. SOLUTION
    #5
  6. SOLUTION
    #6
  7. SOLUTION
    #7
  8. SOLUTION
    #8
  9. SOLUTION
    #9
  10. SOLUTION
    #10
  11. SOLUTION
    #11