Crypto Puzzle: Hiding 1 ETH in plain sight

Let’s make crypto fun again!

3 min readJul 8, 2022

In the bear market of 2018/2019 we actually had a lot of fun doing weird experiments in NFTs and using Ethereum. Sure we were all down bad in our crypto portfolios, but it felt like the old Homebrew Computer Club — updated for the blockchain.

I originally became known in the NFT space for my work in cracking the CryptoKitties DNA code. Since then, when I’ve done my own projects like 27-Bit Digital and Excess Bits — I’ve always had in mind that I wanted to use them in puzzles, or recombine them in other projects.

I’m currently working on a new art project, Bitwise Attrition where I hope to continue to do small, innovative experiments. With that project I will try to create a dynamic where people can mint the project freely, but then will have to decide how much they want to keep those pieces or they will be lost. Generative art with a kind of ‘fitness test’ to let the collectors decide which pieces are the best of the collection.

But before that, I thought I’d do something fun… I’m hiding 1 ETH in plain sight for the first person to figure out how to claim it

How the puzzle works

There are 3 keys to solving this puzzle. You don’t have to mint, buy or own anything to solve it — it’s purely a matter of putting together the clues. I’d have the utmost respect for people who attempt this using their own skills, but I don’t want to make it a coding problem, so you might need to find the right online tool.

If you solve the puzzle, you’ll have access to the 1 ETH — it’s that straightforward.

There it is, waiting for someone to take it

What you’ll need to think about

This puzzle is about me and my projects, so you might want to do a little digging on what makes my projects special. There’s a consistent thread to the projects I’ve done. You might say they share a certain DNA.

First key

Starts with me. Above is my Twitter profile. The first key is right there, you’re looking at it.

Second key

This is one of the pieces (you might say a key piece) from my first Art Blocks project 27-Bit Digital. It probably helps to know a little bit about how Art Blocks helps artists create generative artwork.

Third key

This is one of the pieces from my follow-up project, Excess Bits. You probably need to figure out which one this is — happy hunting!

Additional clues

  • I often try to relate things back to my birth year
  • One of my favorite artists is Elliott Smith

What’s the point of all this?

There’s no premint allowlist. There’s no Discord. There’s no 10k PFP to mint. No gas required. There is no point, and that’s the point. Let’s stop taking the crypto space so seriously and get back to experimenting and having fun!

However — if you do figure it out and claim the 1 ETH, give me a shout on Twitter @kaigani