Espresso Stand (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)
|MIT Mystery Hunt 2020|
|Author(s)||Corin Anderson and Melinda T. Owens (with thanks to Larassa Howard at the Southcenter Barnes & Noble Starbucks)|
|Answer||Click to revealHANGOVER REMEDY|
|No. total guesses||49|
Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]
Flavortext - The names look right but the drink shorthand looks off. What does this barista need?
One-File Wonder - Besides the flavortext, the only other object in this puzzle is a picture of a Starbucks order featuring seven drinks.
Error Correction - In doing so, however, one should quickly realize that the labels are wrong—they each refer to a different drink in the order!
Reordering - These references form a cycle, creating an ordering.
Mangled Clues - The "drink shorthand" doesn't seem all that indicative of actual shorthand—many words drop the usually-kept first letter. Instead, they're generated in a manner reflective of mangled clues: a function is applied to every word in the name. Applying this function to the name on the correct drink yields a bigram; ordering all seven using the cycle yields the answer.