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Solution: Are we going to win? by Bryan

Guess where I am!

Can you guess where I am right now? Points to the most creative answer.

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Expect an entry either later tonight or tomorrow about how I experienced my first flight cancellation ever.

Puzzle Solution Follows.

Are we going to win?

“Here is my schedule. I just can’t seem to get the times right. I need a hand.”

Day 1:

Multivariable Control Systems
Solving Complex Problems
Intro to Numerical Simulation in Electrical Engineering Welding and Joint Processes

Day 2:

Field Geology
Solving Complex Problems
Introduction to Planetary Science
Introduction to Planetary Science

Day 3:

Multivariable Control Systems
Welding and Joint Processes
Introduction to Planetary Science
Introduction to Planetary Science

So, first, you would say to yourself, self, those look like classes at MIT. You would be right. Since MIT lives in numbers instead of words, the next step is to gather the numbers of all these classes. So you end up with this:

Day 1:
6.245
12.000
6.673
3.37

Day 2:

12.115
12.000
12.004
12.004

Day 3:

6.245
3.37
12.004
12.004

This is the point where you needed to refer to the flavor text. The flavor text is stressing different components of time. First, the fact that “I can’t get the times right” means that the “times” are most likely in the wrong form.

The thing that you needed to realize, was that all these were times, just not in the right form. You could have used a calculator to convert the times, by multiplying the decimal by 60, twice, or you could have found a website, like this one: http://www.springfrog.com/converter/decimal-time.htm. So, converting the times, I get:

Day 1:
6:14:42
12:00:00
6:40:22
3:22:12

Day 2:

12:06:54
12:00:00
12:00:14
12:00:14

Day 3:

6:14:42
3:22:12
12:00:14
12:00:14

Also, as you all know, I have two hands, so by stressing that “I need a hand.”
I was refering to the 3 hands on an analog clock. This meant you should view these times on an analog clock. If you do this, the 3 hands will form letters for each time.

6:14:42 – T
12:00:00 – I
6:40:22 – M
3:22:12 – E
12:06:54 – W
12:00:14 – L

The title of the puzzle was meant to reassure you that you had indeed found the solution (Are we going to win?). So using all the times, the answer you get is:

TIME WILL TELL

2 responses to “Solution: Are we going to win?”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Well, it looks kinda like you’re near the Media Lab or the Z center. . .

    maybe. . .

    -Stephanie

  2. Yay. Got it.

    Hmm, a bridge of some sort?