Excel Breakout Puzzle 7

The next Excel breakout puzzle is ready! And it’s a goodie 🙂

I realize fall doesn’t officially start for a few weeks, but, our kids start school next week and so it already feels like fall is upon us. Fall means back-to-school, cooler weather, falling leaves, and … american football. My son plays, and so I thought I’d do a football-themed breakout puzzle this time. Hope you enjoy!


Before I get to the puzzle, let me provide a quick background. My family LOVES doing escape rooms. Have you been to an escape room? You basically get locked in a room and have to solve puzzles to open various combination locks including the lock on the door so you can escape.

They are super fun, and I wanted to do something similar in my Excel courses. So, I came up with the idea for an Excel breakout puzzle. You basically need to open the Excel workbook and look around for clues. You use your Excel skills to solve the puzzle and reveal the code.

Now, on to the puzzle!


This breakout puzzle has 3 steps. In step 1, you want to find the 4-digit numeric key that I’ve hidden. You’ll have to use your Excel knowledge to find the key. Once you do, enter the key into the Step 2 sheet to reveal the 8-digit code. To verify that the code is correct, head to Step 3 and enter the code. If it is correct, you’ll be able to use the resulting link to view a fun congratulations page. If you think you are up for it, download the file below:

If you decide to give it a try … good luck, I hope you have fun 🙂


Here is the solution to the breakout puzzle:

Previous Breakout Puzzles

Here are the previous breakout puzzles in case you’d like to check them out:

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  1. TONI BULLARD on August 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

    GOT IT!!!
    I’d like to think it’s because I’m taking the Excel University Graduate Certification program, which has been SO VERY HELPFUL! I’m learning so much. I love the challenge of figuring out the puzzles!

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 8:46 am

      Way to go Toni … and thanks for your kind note, I’m glad you are enjoying the cert program 🙂

  2. Razorbacker on August 13, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Got It

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 8:46 am


  3. Hazel McLaren on August 13, 2019 at 8:45 am


    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm


  4. David Hess on August 13, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Got it Jeff.
    Interesting puzzle

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Nice David 🙂

  5. Doris on August 13, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Got it! Woo Hoo!

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Great job Doris!

  6. Rene on August 13, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Got it! Fun puzzle, really creative way to use and learn Excel.

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Great job Rene … and thank you for your kind note!

  7. Allen on August 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Got it.

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Nice 🙂

  8. Florence on August 13, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Got it – fun!

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 11:28 am


  9. Alice on August 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Not done one of your puzzles. Any hints?

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Alice … start with the Step 1 sheet and use an Excel feature to find a 4 digit key in the football field. You’ll use that code on the Step 2 worksheet to reveal the code. Have fun!

  10. Lori on August 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Got it! Very fun! Thank you, Jeff!

    • Jeff Lenning on August 13, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Way to go … and thanks!

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