Solving this puzzle will win you absolutely zero PCS points, but being the first solver will net you the loot (and bragging rights)!
Thanks for putting up with all my torment this year, PCSers. I have one final challenge for you. Follow our heroes in their travels and answer the final question when you get to the end.
Syntax: TRAIN NUMBER City, e.g. "EST 9043 Paris"
Puzzle Rules: Solve the puzzle to answer the final question when you get to your destination! Comment freely in the thread, but if you have the solution, please don't give it away to everyone in the comments section. Instead, do the following:
- Send us an Email with "PCS" somewhere in the subject line, containing the first and last name of the players, along with your reasoning. Submitted answers without the reasoning, or those submitted with the incorrect reasoning, will count for participation only, even if the answer itself is correct. Please include your screen name somewhere in the email; and
- Post a comment simply saying you have emailed your solution attempt. We may not be able to reply to your original email promptly, so please be patient and check back on the comment thread for the latest news; we may confirm correct answers there.
Hint #1: For those having trouble with which train numbers to use, this site uses the international route numbers, and was the one used to develop the train schedule.
Hint #2: When you have the complete route and correct interpretation, your will need to rely on you knowledge of past PCS puzzles (and particularly Grand Slam puzzles) to answer the final question.
Hint #3: The first train number is R 13381.
Hint #4: Something about the image of the bears at the boarding platform will give you an idea of how to decode each travel leg.
Hint #5: Look at the faces of the clocks, there's several odd things about them...