Rumpelstiltskin's Cottage (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)

Rumpelstiltskin's Cottage
MIT Mystery Hunt 2020
Storybook Forest
Author(s)Larry Hosken
AnswerClick to revealESOTERICA
No. solves75
No. total guesses124

Rumpelstiltskin's Cottage is a variety puzzle from the Storybook Forest round of the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt.

Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]


Trigram Hell - The puzzle body is primarily dominated by a set of trigrams, albeit in a weird font. You can rearrange these trigrams to form the message...

I Have Traveled Forty Paces - ...GO TO ELEVATOR LOBBY AT SOUTH END OF DREYFUS BUILDING FIRST FLOOR. This location is confirmed by the font choice, which matches...

Elemental Spelling - ...the glass periodic table in the lobby. Nearby, teams found a paper sign with a number of boxes, each of which matches a design on a box in that periodic table. Taking the chemical symbols and treating the equations as rebuses results in...

I Have Traveled Forty Paces - ...GO TO EASTMAN LOBBY PERIODIC TABLE. Once there, teams found an envelope with a paper...

Trivia - ...containing a number of trivia questions, which can be answered.

Initialization - The first letters of the answers (with given enumerations) spell...

Braille - ...CATEGORIES AS BRAILLE DOTS. Which categories? Well, a short walk away from the periodic table, up a few steps, is a plaque of George Eastman, whose nose is shiny from years of students rubbing it for good luck. Around this plaque are six others, representing Eastman's interests (drama, medicine, hunting, photography, music, chemistry), arranged in a 3x2 grid like a Braille letter would. Categorizing the trivia questions and reading off the categories in each group of questions as Braille dots in order spells out the answer.