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Flips, Flops, & Flags (also known as Box Car Blues) is a recurring challenge of Survivor. It debuted in Survivor: San Juan del Sur, has since appeared in Game Changers, Island of the Idols, and Survivor 44.


The contestants must roll a large wooden cube to a series of posts. At each post, they will grab either a bag of puzzle pieces or a key which will be used in a final task.


United States[]

The challenge debuted in San Juan del Sur, where it was used as the final tribal Immunity Challenge. The tribes first climbed over a wall before rolling their cube, which they would stop at three posts to retrieve their puzzle pieces. The puzzle was a vertical flag. Hunahpu won, sending Coyopa to Tribal Council.

In Game Changers, the challenge appeared as an Immunity Challenge in combination with Losing Face. The tribes needed to go over a wall before reaching the crate, but they only needed to stop at one post to retrieve a key. The key unlocked a crate with sandbags, which the tribes had to carry across a balance beam. Once all of the sandbags were at the finish, the tribes used slingshots to fire the sandbags at targets. The first two tribes to knock down all their targets would win. Mana finished first and Tavua finished second, sending Nuku to Tribal Council.

In Island of the Idols, the challenge was used as an unaired Reward Challenge. The tribes began by climbing over a net obstacle, and then retrieving a key from a post to unlock a batch of sandbags. The tribes then needed to land one sandbag on each of the five overhead targets. Vokai won, winning pizza.

In Survivor 44, the challenge appeared as the third Immunity Challenge, where it was adapted for use as a water challenge. The tribes had to roll the cube in the water, and retrieve two keys. Once the tribe had both keys, they could swim to the beach. They then had to dig under a log, and use the keys to unlock the Sea Crates puzzle. Tika fell behind during the first part of the challenge, while Ratu blazed ahead and solved their puzzle first. However, it was Soka that ended up losing to Tika at the puzzle.


New Zealand[]


Episode Challenge Type Winners
San Juan del Sur
"Make Some Magic Happen"
Tribal Immunity S29 alec tS29 jeremy tS29 josh t
S29 julie tS29 natalie tS29 reed tS29 wes t
Game Changers
"Dirty Deed"
Tribal Immunity S34 brad tS34 debbie t
S34 hali tS34 sierra tS34 tai t
S34 andrea tS34 cirie tS34 ozzy t
S34 sarah tS34 troyzan tS34 zeke t
Island of the Idols
"I Was Born at Night, but Not Last Night"
Tribal Reward S39 aaron tS39 dan tS39 elaine t
S39 elizabeth tS39 lauren tS39 missy tS39 tommy t
Survivor 44
"Sneaky Little Snake"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S44 brandon tS44 jaime t
S44 kane tS44 lauren tS44 matthew t
S44 carolyn tS44 carson tS44 sarah tS44 yam yam t

Episode Challenge Type Winners
All Stars
Episode 10
Tribal Immunity AUS7 david tAUS7 jacqui tAUS7 lee t
AUS7 moana tAUS7 nick tAUS7 phoebe t
AUS7 sharn tAUS7 tarzan tAUS7 zach t

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Episode 7
Tribal Immunity NZS2 brad tNZS2 eve tNZS2 jt t
NZS2 lisa tNZS2 tara tNZS2 tess t



  • Each time this challenge was used, the eventual Sole Survivor was on the winning tribe.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Cage Against the Machine · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Dizzy Gillespie · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Drum Roll · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · EOC · Eve 6 · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Fire Starter · Flips, Flops, & Flags · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Mayan Pizza · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rock the Boat · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Rung O Star · Running Down a Dream · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung a Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Super Ramp · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Tangled Up · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Total Recall · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me