Category Archives: 2014

The Answers

Thanks for playing, everyone.  We had a winner claim the prize yesterday morning.  Here is (presumably) how he got there:

Puzzle 1, Good Morning, Mr Hunt:  When properly decoded spelled out “Your mission, if you choose to accept it”.   The icon at the bottom of the page was the scroll.  The scroll was used for instructions.

Puzzle 2, Jackie Harvey’s First High School Poem:  Jackie Harvey is a “columnist” at the Onion.  [example] One of the recurring themes of his articles is his use of the word “Item!”  If you read the first letter of each line of this poem, going down, it spelled the word “item”.  The icon at the bottom of the page was the wrench.  The wrench was used to show what item you needed to bring with you to claim the final puzzle piece.

Puzzle 3, For Your Eyes Only: The Venn diagram of Peter Sellers and Daniel Craig is that they both played James Bond in Casino Royale.  Casino Royale was the first James Bond novel.  Rouge et noir: 6p2s1w referred to the chapter titled “Rouge et Noir”, 6th paragraph, 2nd sentence, 1st word: There The icon at the bottom of the page was a gramophone. The gramophone was used to show what you needed to say when you showed up to claim the puzzle piece.

Puzzle 4, You might want to hang onto this for a while: This was the maddening freakin’ connect the dots page that you needed to fill in with other clues.  Wrench icon.

Puzzle 5, What a Piece of Work is Man: The puzzle that went out with typos.  Your puzzle master apologizes, especially because it seems the graphic and PDF didn’t update for everyone (web caches?  I’m not sure).  The title of the puzzle was a clue that all of the answers were from Hamlet.  The answers to the clues are:

A fellow of infinite jest: YORICK
The lone survivor: HORATIO
A schoolfellow: ROSENCRANTZ
Go, bid the soldiers shoot: FORTINBRAS
Incapable of her own distress: OPHELIA
Tedious old fool: POLONIUS
Brother, ursurper: CLAUDIUS
An excellent, good friend: GUILDENSTERN

All together, those letter spelled:

DEATH YEARS OF THE TUDORS

Which were numbers that you needed to connect the dots:

1509, 1547, 1553, 1558, 1603

(The connection between Hamlet and the Tudors was Elizabeth, as she was Queen while Shakespeare was producing plays.)

Wrench icon.

Puzzle 7, I need not call you Mr. Knightly: The Venn diagram between Alicia Silverstone and Gweneth Paltrow is Emma.  In the book Emma, Chapter 4: 18th paragraph, 4th sentence, 9th word is brewing.  Grammaphone icon.

Puzzle 8, First word movie instructions: This clue was an instruction.

1. Referred to MJ (Kirsten Dunst in Spiderman) and Faith (Eliza Dushku in Buffy) as cheerleaders, which is the movie Bring it On. The first word is Bring.

2. Referred to the movie Say Anything where In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel is played on a jukebox in a rather iconic scene.  The first word is Say.

The instruction read “Bring the wrench, say the gramophone.”

Scroll icon.

Puzzle 9 was omitted.

Puzzle 10: Future perfect:  Referred to Perfect Numbers.  A perfect number is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors.  Example: 1 + 2 + 3 = 6

The clue was asking for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th perfect number which are: 28, 496, 8128

Those dots needed to be connected in the connect the dots, wrench icon.

Puzzle 11: Riddles:  The Venn diagram of Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard Boone is that they both played the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit.  In the Hobbit, in the chapter named Riddles In the Dark, Paragrah 11, Sentence 1, Words 3 and 4 are is a.  Gramophone icon.

Puzzle 13, Introductions: This clue was looking for the birth years of the siblings listed:

Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa:  1969 and 1974
Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte: 1816, 1818, and 1820
Tom and Ray Magliozzi: 1937, 1949

Those dots needed to be connected in the connect the dots, wrench icon.

Puzzle 18, The suspects are prime: This clue was looking for the first 15 prime numbers.

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47

Those dots needed to be connected in the connect the dots, wrench icon.

Puzzle 22, Every year the first one gets better: The answers to the clues for this acrostic were:

The most recent home of King James: MIAMI
Permission slip: WAIVER
White collar Butner “resident”: MADOFF
Orgrimmar’s Shaman-in-Chief: THRALL
Department store bouquet: ROSES
Work boot: STEELTOE
Black, White, Red, and Dead: SEAS

Together, all of these things spelled, “The Release Dates of All of the Star Wars Movies” which are:

A New Hope: 1977
Empire Strikes Back: 1980
Return of the Jedi: 1983
The Phantom Menace: 1999
Attack of the Clones: 2002
Revenge of the Sith: 2005
Episode VII: 2015

Those dots needed to be connected in the connect the dots, wrench icon.

Puzzle 24, A hat fit for a king: The Venn diagram between Basil Rathbone and Peter Cushing is Sherlock Holmes.  The chemical formula listed in the clue is for Beryl, and a hat fit for a king (among other things) is a Coronet.

In the Sherlock Holmes story, “The Beryl Coronet”, Paragraph 201, 1st sentence, 11th word is Mystery.

Grammophone icon, and by this point you should see that the phrase is, “There is a mystery brewing”, which was one of the early ideas for a marketing campaign for Mystery.

Puzzle 6, Colonel Mustard; Puzzle 12, Miss Scarlet; Puzzle 15, The maid and the butler; Puzzle 17, Professor Plum; Puzzle 21, Mrs. White; Puzzle 27, Mr. Green

These clues were all represented by the game piece.  The blue game piece was the icon we used to show WHERE you had to bring and say the clues.  It was also a clue to help you solve the logic puzzle.

  • Colonel Mustard, who was never suspected of working with the Communists, says he was in the billiard room all evening.
  • The library was completely locked, and no one could get in: the murder could not have happened there.
  • The lead pipe was found inside the locked library, where no suspect could have found it.
  • The missing knife turned out to have been taken away by a singing telegram girl and thus could not be the murder weapon.
  • Miss Scarlet, who claims to have never been married, says she was in the ballroom next to the candlestick when the murder was committed.
  • Mrs. Peacock says she was in the lounge with two other people all night.
  • The maid (who is not a suspect) confirmed that the rope did not leave the dining room.
  • While he was buttling, the butler (also not a suspect) was the one who found the body in a room that only one of the suspects had been in; it had not been moved.
  • Colonel Mustard said that the revolver was with him all night and was not used in the murder.
  • Professor Plum, who has suspicious Communist connections, says he spent the evening in a single room with Mr. Green only.
  • The investigators determined that a married person was in the study at the time of the murder.
  • None of the suspects went into the conservatory, the dining room, or the lounge.
  • Mrs. White, who has been married and admits her husband had Communist ties, says she was in the kitchen at the time of the murder, getting a glass of water for the headache that felt like flames on the side of her head.
  • Mrs. Peacock says she did not have the wrench.
  • Later investigation revealed that the candlestick could not have been used in the murder.
  • Mr. Green’s only statements were that he was in the lounge with only Professor Plum all night, and that he just wants to go home to his wife.
  • It turns out communism was just a red herring! While most of the suspects were completely truthful, one lied about every detail.

The logic puzzle listed here reveals that the murder was commited by Mrs. Peacock (who is represented by Blue in the game of Clue, a color that we identify with strongly), in the Study, with the Wrench.

Puzzle 26, The murder

The final piece that connected the puzzle to real life:

“Add Beer to the room that murder occurred in to find the murder weapon. You might want to take a trip there yourself.”

The final puzzle piece was located with our good friends at Beer Study in Chapel Hill.  There you had to bring a magnifying glass (or the picture of the magnifying glass filled out) and say the phrase, “There is a Mystery Brewing” to get the final puzzle piece (a wrench, incidentally), and, thus, win.

Other puzzles, not included in the big puzzle:

Puzzle 28, West King: The clue here pointed people to Cup-A-Joe in Hillsborough, where there was another clue regarding a Bunga Bunga party.  That led people to Bar Lusconi in Durham, where there was a clue regarding a Steampunk Squirrel.  That led people to Fullsteam where they picked up a Mystery Brewing coaster with some instructions and brought that back to our Public House for a prize.

Puzzle 14, Daisy Fay:  A trivia question for the party.  The origin of Daisy Fay is Daisy Fay Buchanan from The Great Gatsby.

Puzzle 16, Queen Anne’s Origin: A trivia question for the party.  The link between Hornigold and Queen Anne’s Revenge is that Benjamin Hornigold was the pirate who originally took the boat La Concorde which became the Queen Anne’s Revenge when he gave it to his first mate, one Edward Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard.

Puzzle 23, Patience Young Padawan: A trivia question for the party.  The Star Wars reference associated with the opening date of our pub is that it was opened on May 4th (May the fourth be with you.) which is widely regarded as Star Wars Day.