Dance Party (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)

Dance Party
MIT Mystery Hunt 2020
Author(s)Yar Woo, Daniel Egnor, and Nina Hinrichs
AnswerClick to revealGROOVY
No. solves33
No. total guesses58

Dance Party is a Physical Puzzle from the Yesterdayland round of the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt.

Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]

Physical Puzzle - The puzzle asks solvers to visit HQ with a code to obtain a number of paper prints. One is covered in letters and numbers; the remainder are images with white areas meant to be cut out.


Identification (Popular Music) - The images in question are album covers. Their artists can be identified...

Just Like the Others - ...and each one has a direction included within their name.

Obscuring the Unnecessary - After cutting out the white areas as instructed, each album cover becomes a Cardan grille; rotating each cover to match the artist's direction and overlaying all of them on the lettered paper reveals the words COVER SONG.

Intermediate Submission - This is accepted as a partial answer, which reveals...

Interaction - ...that the puzzle also requires an interaction. Teams were to send 2-3 people with their puzzle material to a room on the MIT campus to play a DDR-like minigame.

Obscuring the Unnecessary - Completing three rounds of the minigame causes a turntable in the room to spin and a strobe light on the turntable to turn on. Putting the lettered paper on the turntable reveals a few letters that appear to remain stationary under the stroboscopic effect; these spell out the answer.