# Puzzle of the Day (Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2017)

Puzzle of the Day | |
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Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2017 | |

Day 1 | |

Author(s) | Brian Chen |

Answer | Click to revealFLAT EXPANSE |

Statistics | |

No. solves | 278 |

No. total guesses | 551 |

Links | |

Puzzle | Link |

Solution | Link |

Checker | Link |

**Puzzle of the Day** is a word puzzle from the first day of Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2017, consisting of a list of crossword clues punctuated by a period between the first and second clues and three periods at the end.

## Solve Path[edit | edit source]

Given that they are the only obviously puzzle-related component, solvers will likely start with the crossword clues.

Solvers should look for which clues are particularly solvable. Clues like "Vegetable that gives Popeye superhuman strength" and "C_{9}H_{13}NO_{3}" can be found by a quick Google search. Others like "Tasteless" and "Fox-like" have many possible answers. For the sake of the solve path, assume all clues are solved before continuing on.

Winner or advocate (4|2) - **CHAMPION**

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Criticize small details (3|2) - **NITPICK**

The Illuminati, for example (4|4) - **CONSPIRACY**

Trachea (4|2) - **WINDPIPE**

C9H13NO3 (1|8) - **EPINEPHRINE**

Altruistic (10|1) - **PHILANTHROPIC**

Namesake of a triangular fractal (4|4) - **SIERPINSKI**

U.S. state whose name may be used to count out roughly one second (9|0) - **MISSISSIPPI**

Rice cooked in seasoned broth (0|3) - **PILAF**

Fox-like (3|2) - **VULPINE**

Vegetable that gives Popeye superhuman strength (1|4) - **SPINACH**

Chilean dictator (0|6) - **PINOCHET**

Animal with sharp quills (5|2) - **PORCUPINE**

Modern camera smartphones have about 10–15 of these (4|4) - **MEGAPIXELS**

Genus of the Taung child (8|6) - **AUSTRALOPITHECUS**

Newell Brands permanent marker (4|1) - **SHARPIE**

Brave, as an explorer (5|1) - **INTREPID**

Tasteless (4|1) - **INSIPID**

French revolutionary figure (5|4) - **ROBESPIERRE**

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Even after solving for some of the clues, solvers may notice answers share the substring "PI", which the enumerations list the location of in the word, being the number of letters before and after "PI". In fact, this is clued by the puzzle's title: the puzzle was released on March 14th, colliquially known as Pi Day due to the date's written form resembling the common approximation of the mathematical constant Pi: 3.14. Solvers can use this to figure out the rest of the clues.

After solving every clue, solvers are clued in by the references to Pi to index each answer by the constant's digits. The dot between the first and second clues hints at the location of the decimal point. Indexing gives the puzzle's final answer.

**CHAMPION** (3) - A

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**NITPICK** (1) - N

**CONSPIRACY** (4) - S

**WINDPIPE** (1) - W

**EPINEPHRINE** (5) - E

**PHILANTHROPIC** (9) - R

**SIERPINSKI** (2) - I

**MISSISSIPPI** (6) - S

**PILAF** (5) - F

**VULPINE** (3) - L

**SPINACH** (5) - A

**PINOCHET** (8) - T

**PORCUPINE** (9) - E

**MEGAPIXELS** (7) - X

**AUSTRALOPITHECUS** (9) - P

**SHARPIE** (3) - A

**INTREPID** (2) - N

**INSIPID** (3) - S

**ROBESPIERRE** (8) - E

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## Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]

Crossword Clues - The puzzle is completely composed of this type of clue with the exception of some subtle stylistic additions.

Enumeration - Enumerations are composed of two numbers signifying the placement of a certain element within the answers.

Indexing - The answers must be indexed by the digits of pi.