Yes, I agree with your thoughts. The sentence in question is ambiguous and not well-written. I'm thinking if we changed the second "to" to "and", it might be an improvement. What do you think?
Also, I don't think the expression think outside the box is appropriate here. Suvir's idea was certainly simple and clever, perhaps ingenious, but not really thinking outside the box as I would normally use the phrase.
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