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Puzzle Dig (also known as Make Your Point and Dash, Dig, Decode) is a recurring challenge from Survivor.


Survivors must race out into the sand and use ropes to find the intersection where a bag of puzzle pieces are buried. When they dig up the bag, they would head back to their station and solve the puzzle, revealing the next coordinates. The first person to solve all of their puzzles would win.


In Survivor: Panama, Cirie Fields and Terry Deitz were putting up a good fight but, Aras Baskauskas ultimately won the challenge, thus ending Terry's Immunity winning streak.

In Survivor: Cook Islands, the challenge was used as a tribal Reward Challenge. Jeff would give the tribes their first set of coordinates. Two players would then run up the beach to a large compass in the sand and dig in the position told to them (with a real compass to help) for a treasure chest. The next set of coordinates would be on the top of the treasure chest. There were four chest's to retrieve. Once all four chest's are retrieved the tribe must use the puzzle pieces inside to create a puzzle. The first tribe to finish their puzzle won the challenge. Aitutaki won in a landslide, winning a flight to an island and a local feast.

In Micronesia, Erik Reichenbach easily won, once again ruining the Black Widow Brigade's hopes of getting rid of him, or so they thought.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Call the Whambulence!"
Individual Immunity S12 aras t.png
Aras Baskauskas
Cook Islands
"People That You Like Want to See You Suffer"
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"If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese"
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Erik Reichenbach



  • When used individually, the challenge was only used for Individual Immunity.
    • Both times the challenge was used, it was in the penultimate episode of the season.
    • Both winners were the youngest person of the season.
      • Both people would return for a season filmed in the Philippines with 10 returning and 10 new players.
  • Cirie Fields and Parvati Shallow have both competed in this challenge twice.
    • Neither of them have won in any season.


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 · 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 · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · 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 Love · 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 · 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 · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · 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 · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · 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 · 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