# National Roots Day (Holiday Hoopla 2023)

National Roots Day
Holiday Hoopla 2023
Statistics
No. solves65
No. total guesses128

National Roots Day is a puzzle from Holiday Hoopla 2023. Its difficulty level is categorized as Hard relative to the other puzzles in the hunt.

The puzzle is presented as a series of GPS coordinates with sets of icons depicting an alien, a spaceship, and a planet.

## Solve Path

Solvers can begin by looking up the GPS coordinates to see where they lead. The flavor text mentions "the cities below", so solvers should record the name of city at each GPS location.

Cities Corresponding to GPS Coordinates
Row First Set of Coordinates City 1 Second Set of Coordinates City 2
1 42.4329° N, 21.0401° E SHTIME 32.3504° N, 108.7087° W LORDSBURG
2 60.2512° N, 24.0676° E LOHJA 33.3050° S, 117.3444° E WAGIN
3 2.1394° S, 79.5939° W MILAGRO 20.4610° S, 16.6512° E OTJIWARONGO
4 41.2996° N, 61.0884° E HAZORASP 49.9433° N, 7.9707° E OCKENHEIM
5 32.7157° N, 117.1611° W SAN DIEGO 36.7286° N, 68.8681° E KUNDUZ
6 9.5280° N, 31.6682° E MALAKAL 41.1114° N, 20.0823° E ELBASAN
7 20.1457° S, 28.5873° E BULAWAYO 7.0736° N, 125.6110° E DAVAO CITY

The flavor text instructs solvers to "Find the hidden aliens between the cities". For each row, placing the names of the two cities next to each other allows the name of an alien from film or TV to be formed. The "length" symbol and number above each alien icon serves as an enumeration for the name.

In fact, the same symbol in the first sentence of the flavor text (after the word "cosmoviews" |--5--|) is a clue that the word "movie" is hidden within "cosmoviews".

Alien Names Spanning Each Pair of Cites
Row City 1 City 2 Alien Length
1 SHTIME LORDSBURG TIME LORD 8
2 LOHJA WAGIN JAWA 4
3 MILAGRO OTJIWARONGO GROOT 5
4 HAZORASP OCKENHEIM SPOCK 5
5 SAN DIEGO KUNDUZ GOKU 4
6 MALAKAL ELBASAN KAL-EL 5
7 BULAWAYO DAVAO CITY YODA 4

Solvers are instructed to "help [the aliens] remember their planetary roots," so the next step would be to find the name of the planet each alien came from. In each row, there is a planet icon labeled with an icon. Unlike in the previous step, these numbers do not specify the number of letters in the name (of the planet), but instead serve as an index. Index this number into the planet name to obtain the final answer.

Indexing Into Each Planet Name
Row Alien Planet Index Extract
1 TIME LORD GALLIFREY 6 F
2 JAWA TATOOINE 6 I
3 GROOT PLANET X 4 N
4 SPOCK VULCAN 3 L
5 GOKU VEGETA 6 A
6 KAL-EL KRYPTON 7 N
7 YODA DAGOBAH 1 D

The answer is Click to revealFINLAND.

## Puzzle Elements

Pop Culture - This puzzle features aliens from different science fiction franchises.

Hidden Substrings - The name of an alien spans each pair of city names.

Indexing - Final extraction uses the number provided on the planet as an index.