The Nauseator (MIT Mystery Hunt 2020)
|MIT Mystery Hunt 2020|
|Answer||Click to revealCIGARETTES|
|No. total guesses||51|
The Nauseator is a Logic Puzzle from the Yesterdayland round of the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt.
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Puzzle Elements[edit | edit source]
Flavortext - Warning: This ride may result in visual hallucinations and a sense of distortion. You may feel better by wearing a coat or sitting under a tree. (Just bear in mind that British trees are oriented differently than native varieties.)
Nonogram - The puzzle is transparently identifiable as a 60x60 color nonogram.
Hint in Flavortext - Warning: This ride may result in visual hallucinations and a sense of distortion. You may feel better by wearing a coat or sitting under a tree. (Just bear in mind that British trees are oriented differently than native varieties.)
Jigsaw Puzzle - The nonogram doesn't seem to depict anything in particular; however, one may note the lines dividing the grid into multiple cross-shaped pieces. These can be reassembled in a way that forms...
Identification (Geography, Heraldry) - ...a grid of twelve coats of arms, which can be identified as being for Swiss cantons.
Alphanumeric Substitution Cipher - One may then note that exactly 26 such cantons exist, meaning each one can be mapped to a letter of the alphabet. The exact ordering can be derived a number of ways; the flavortext, in particular, hints towards "canton trees" in Berne, Indiana and Leicester Square, London, with a further warning that the reading direction for the ordering differs between the two.
Final Clue Phrase - The result is the phrase CAPRI JADES, E.G. (with an Enumeration pointing towards the correct interpretation), a clue for the final answer.