Stunt Doubles (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)

Stunt Doubles
MIT Mystery Hunt 2020
Creative Pictures Studios
Author(s)Mark Gottlieb
AnswerClick to reveal🏠
No. solves16
No. total guesses28

A lot of people meet a lot of people in this industry.

Stunt Doubles is a puzzle from the Creative Pictures Studios round of the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt.

Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]

Identification (People) - The puzzle consists of descriptions of famous people. These people can be identified.


Intentional Ambiguity - However, most of these descriptions are too vague to nail down one specific person. Other descriptions are more tongue-in-cheek than their literal descriptions would otherwise suggest (e.g. "someone who played solitaire on screen" does not refer to any solitaire card game but rather the actor for the James Bond character Solitaire).

Paired Up - The conceit of the puzzle, clued by the title, eases the ambiguity—the person described by each description shares their first and last name with exactly one other person in the puzzle. Finding one, then, leads somewhat naturally to finding the other.

Chains - The pairing also naturally results in an ordering for the list of instructions: chaining using the shared names.

Turtle Graphics - The final list of instructions can be followed roughly like a list of turtle graphics instructions—driving for pen down, helicoptering for pen up. Following the instructions draws out the answer.