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MIT student blogger Bryan O. '07

Puzzled by Bryan

need a quick fix for your boredom? try this puzzle on for size.

Each year during IAP, MIT has it’s annual mystery hunt, and teams from all over come to MIT to compete to solve insane brain teasers with hopes to find a coin hidden somewhere on MIT’s campus typically over the course of one weekend. Freshman year, some friends and I decided to participate, and we had a blast. We’ve been participating ever since then, and this we’re even already getting ready for next year’s contest.

As part of our summer training, we’ve been coming up with our own puzzles to prepare one another. This is the one I came up with. I’ll be posting puzzles created by the entire team every so often for you all to try, and then a couple days later, I’ll post the solution.

Maybe you can join our team remotely next IAP.


Come and Ride It

Lost in the jungle, Joe is befriended by a group of warrior women with a quiver of arrows. They give Joe this series of directions to follow to find the train home.

START HERE (at the X)

X 0 5 2 9 6 3 1 2 6 2
0 8 8 7 3 1 2 5 4 5 7
7 5 0 4 2 3 6 5 4 8 6
9 8 2 1 4 5 3 6 4 7 5

A few of these items might help you as well.

Fourth in Malibu Sands Summer
Sixth in Raven Symone’s 1st
Third in Greek A + Roman V
Thirteenth in Mr Tumnus
Eighth in Ugachaka Law Case
Tenth in Popcorn Christmas Tree Decorations
Second in Mr. Feeny’s Dashboard Dilemma
Seventeenth in the Case of the Sleeping Dog
Tenth in the Mirror of Erised
Seventh in a Series of Unfortunate Events

“Follow these directions and you’ll find your way.”

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