Of the last 13 puzzles, ubragg has taken 8 and Mr C the other 5.
The solution to yesterday's puzzle reads "MEET ME OCTOBER 27 AT 10PM AT THE BAR IN THE SCANDIC SOLSIDEN HOTEL".
The maze is a huge Rubik's Cube. Each room is one of the 27 cells of the cube, and each has at least one and up to three of its walls colored (except the "Dark Room") representing the colored sides on the exterior of the cube. Note that a Rubik's Cube has 6 sides, 27 smaller cubes (rooms), 54 smaller square-shaped exterior surfaces, and 162 total cell surfaces (interior and exterior). Each of these different types of entities will come into play. Also note this puzzle was a major pain in the butt to make.
The first step is to wander through the rooms and record your observations. Namely, the locations of the colored walls, any letters etched in the walls, the words that burn in the fires, and any doors.
If done correctly one can determine the initial state of the cube:
The center cell is the "Dark Room," which is dark because there is no exterior surface. It's also the only one of the 27 cells that does not move when the cube is twisted. The poem in the Dark Room tells you you must solve the Cube in 3 twists. Using the I,II,III; 1,2,3; and a,b,c conventions above, those 3 moves are:
- Twist top layer I to the right
- Twist East layer c downward
- Twist bottom layer III to the left
The Dark Room poem further hints that you must read three exterior surfaces before each of your three moves:
- Before the 1st twist, read the floor
- Before the 2nd twist, read the South wall
- Before the 3rd and final twist, read the East wall
- And after the 3rd twist, when the cube is solved, read the words in the fire.
A clear message is emerging: "MEET ME OCTOBER 27 AT 10PM AT THE B..."
Put it all together to get the full message:
"MEET ME OCTOBER 27 AT 10PM AT THE BAR IN THE SCANDIC SOLSIDEN HOTEL".
Congratulations to UBragg, QuadSevens, Mr C, and Jason. Well done to all!
Coming tomorrow: Look inside the mind of Quad, Mr C, and Jason (they have one each), as they have each submitted their puzzle-mapping worksheets. Anyone else who has one, successful or not, please submit and I'll publish (Mr F - I know you have one, let's see it! UBragg - I'm not sure if you have one, as you may have done it in your head, but if you do, please submit as well)
Thanks everyone for another fun puzzle season, hope you enjoyed. Final Rankings to post soon!