Refreshment Stand (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)

Refreshment Stand
MIT Mystery Hunt 2020
Creative Pictures Studios
Author(s)Todd Etter, Yar Woo
AnswerClick to reveal🧙‍♀️
No. solves16
No. total guesses143143, including 17 partials

Refreshment Stand is a Crossword from the Creative Pictures Studios round of the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt.

Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]

Crossword - The puzzle is a standard barred crossword on a 15x15 grid.


Something in Common - While solving the grid, one may notice entries sharing some similarities. In particular, eight entries are colored liquids, while seven entries are homophonic to a color + letter (e.g. READ YOU = red U).

Intermediate Clue Phrase - Associating the color of each liquid to a letter, then reading these letters in clue order (across, then down), reveals a phrase: JUICED UP. Given that this is a round where every answer is an emoji, this is not the answer, but submitting it is required to continue.

Physical Puzzle - The puzzle then asked solvers to visit HQ; upon doing so, they received a 3-D printed block with a 15x15 grid of holes, along with four liquids (red, tan, blue, black).

Paint-By-X - Reusing the color-to-letter associations from earlier and pouring each liquid into every cell with a corresponding letter also causes other cells to fill. Eventually, this draws out the answer.