Fortune Cookies (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)

Fortune Cookies
MIT Mystery Hunt 2020
Wizard's Hollow
Author(s)Monica Singhal, Nina Hinrichs, and Yar Woo
AnswerClick to revealAMENDMENTS
No. solves45
No. total guesses143

Fortune Cookies is a [INSERT PUZZLE TYPE] puzzle from the Wizard's Hollow round of the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt. It [INSERT BRIEF DESCRIPTION]

Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]

Physical - Teams were asked to contact Guest Services and provide a promo code to obtain a box of fortune cookies, which was the actual puzzle.


Knowledge Required (Culture) - Each fortune cookie contains a fortune with a series of lucky numbers. The trick is to play the party game of appending "in bed" to the fortunes...

Identification (Media/Literature) - ...such that they identify a figure from popular media or literature.

Indexing - Using the lucky numbers to index into the names yields a word.

Synonyms - Each word found in this way has a synonym...

Transformations - ...that can be placed within the word "BED" to create a new word. Taking the seventh fortune (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD) as an example, the indices generate the word HOTEL, which has a synonym INN for BINNED.

Enumerations - The pagoda on the box is actually a front for a series of blanks, which can be filled using the BED words in such a way that the lines connect identical letters.

Marked Spaces - Some spaces are marked with squares. Extracting the letters that land on the squares produces the answer.