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Tomb Raider (also known as In-Cog-Neato, Search & Decode, and Try-Any-Angle) is a recurring challenge of Survivor.

Rules

In Survivor: Guatemala, one at a time, three players run to grab giant puzzle pieces. After all the pieces were retrieved, two other players would solve the puzzle.

In Survivor: Panama, three players run along a path through a field (crisscrossing the other tribe's several times) to reach one of four stations, untie a giant hanging skull-shaped puzzle piece, and haul it back. Then, the two others take the pieces and place them into rotating pieces on a solving platform until they all fit.

In Survivor: China, one at a time, the tribes must enter an abandoned village, grab a color-coded plank, and return. Once all eight have been found, they must slide them into a grid to form an eleven-word phrase made famous by Confucius.

In Survivor: Tocantins, one tribe member at a time would race along a winding path to retrieve a puzzle piece. Each puzzle piece is a large wooden triangular prism with letters written on each of the three faces. Once eight puzzle pieces are retrieved, they would need to be placed in their correct spot in a frame. The pieces would then need to be rotated to display a scrambled phrase.

History

In Survivor: Guatemala, the tribes were head-to-head to grab the pieces, but Nakúm solved their puzzle first, winning immunity.

In Survivor: Panama, Casaya, despite falling back early, won a barbecue and a trip to a local village, as well as the right to exile someone from La Mina and immunity.

In Survivor: China, Fei Long won a teahouse visit, baths, showers and kidnapped James.

In Survivor: Tocantins, the puzzle pieces were large wooden triangular prisms with letters written on each of the three faces. Timbira won immunity.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Guatemala
"Surprise Enemy Visit"
Tribal Immunity S11 cindy t.pngS11 jamie t.pngS11 judd t.png
S11 lydia t.pngS11 stephenie t.pngS11 rafe t.png
Nakúm
Panama
"Salvation and Desertion"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S12 aras t.pngS12 bruce t.pngS12 cirie t.png
S12 courtney t.pngS12 danielle t.pngS12 shane t.png
Casaya
China
"That's Love, Baby! It Makes You Strong!"
Tribal Reward S15 amanda t.pngS15 courtney t.pngS15 denise t.png
S15 frosti t.pngS15 jeanrobert t.pngS15 sherea t.pngS15 todd t.png
Fei Long
Tocantins
"The Strongest Man Alive"
Tribal Immunity S18 brendan t.pngS18 coach t.pngS18 debbie t.png
S18 erinn t.pngS18 sierra t.pngS18 tyson t.png
Timbira

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Trivia

  • Fei Long is the only tribe to win this challenge and not have 6 members at the time.
  • All winning tribes would go into the merge with 6 members and the losing tribe would have 4 members.
  • Timbira is the only tribe to win that did not have a finalist on that team for that season.
  • Survivor: Tocantins is the only season in which this challenge was used outside the final pre-merge episode.

References

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
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