Solution: Dude, Where's My Answer Checker?
Answer: CREATE YOUR WAY FORWARD MACHINE
Author: Huntinality Team
Dev: Huntinality Team
This puzzle involved logging into Huntinality 2.0 with the credentials of the founders by using the usernames you acquired from their respective metas and the passwords you acquired from the callback puzzles. Each founder's account leads to a special version of their page. Each page contains three minipuzzles, making a total of nine minipuzzles that will feed into the final meta.
There are a series of 11 light patterns that show up in the page, each accompanied by one of the letters of Scarlet Tang. Arranging these patterns vertically and ordering them by the letters in Scarlet's name will yield the word HOT as your answer.
The ads are rebuses of musical names. The number of nights can be used to index into the musical titles to yield the answer STICKER.
|2||WEST SIDE STORY||4||T|
|3||FIDDLER ON THE ROOF||2||I|
|7||BYE BYE BIRDIE||9||R|
The left masks contain the beginning of a cryptic clue (specifically the wordplay portion), while the right masks contain the end (specifically the definition). The answer to each cryptic clue is a Shakespearean character.
|Number||First Part||Second Part||Answer|
|1||Curie's elemental discovery swapped Monday for Saturday||for a man killed behind a curtain.||POLONIUS|
|2||Headless, broken Claire||was Prospero's spirit.||ARIEL|
|3||The bashful clasp||makes a greedy loan shark.||SHYLOCK|
|4||The second Illinois road (in ancient Rome)||goes to Valentine's lover.||SILVIA|
|5||I, sometime earlier,||am an envious traitor.||IAGO|
|6||A stringed instrument||is a long-lost twin.||VIOLA|
|7||The starts of every dark murder (unless not dour)||become Gloucester's bastard.||EDMUND|
The first letters of the answers spell out the final answer, PASSIVE.
The goal of this puzzle is to find a word that results in an output of ANSWER. The correct path will also create a valid word after each of the four transformations applied to the word. The answer in this case is the word PACK.
Rule #1: Every letter in an odd-numbered position will be replaced by the next chemical element.
PACK > SANK
Rule #2: Find the first letter that can represent a cardinal direction. Insert the letter representing the next direction clockwise 90 degrees after this letter.
SANK > SWANK
Rule #3: Remove the letter with the highest Scrabble value.
SWANK > SWAN
Rule #4: Alphabetize the letters and add the word ER to the end.
SWAN > ANSWER
Rotate each tile such that every path is connected and terminates at a bulb. The shapes of the paths will spell out the word HEAD.
The various members of the webring are words that each link to two other words that are themselves also members of the webring. As the name of the webring suggests, you can form a Hamiltonian path through the webrings. You will be extracting the first letter of a word you are going to via "NEXT" and the last letter of a word you are going to via "PREVIOUS", as indicated by the arrows. The Hamiltonian path begins and ends with START.
The Hamiltonian path is laid out here:
This makes the phrase SOLVE WITH VISTA. The answer is VISTA.
There are three rotatable gears that change the position of the balloons on the page. Moving the balloons to their positions on Ruby's original page on a normal Huntinality 2.0 account will result in them having letters that spell out the answer, BAG.
The clouds on this puzzle travel at variable speeds and each have a Wingdings character (as does the name Ruby Loach on the puzzle). One of the stationary clouds implies that you should sort the clouds starting from the ones that move left fastest and ending with the ones that move right fastest. Sorting them in this order gives you ANS DIVING, which tells you your answer is DIVING.
Playing the puzzscript game to completion reveals an image of a flag. This is intended to clue that you should treat the initial starting position of the planes (which have flags) with respect to the player as semaphore letters. Doing so will translate the 6 levels' positions into the answer, BENDER.
You can create an answer to each of the clues by adding a car part to each of the minipuzzle answers. The clues are presented in alphabetical order of the missing car parts.
|Clue||Answer||Minipuzzle Answer||Car Part|
|A. charger||BATTERY PACK||PACK||BATTERY|
|B. decorative label||BUMPER STICKER||STICKER||BUMPER|
|C. purse||CLUTCH BAG||BAG||CLUTCH|
|D. oxygen tank||DIVING CYLINDER||DIVING||CYLINDER|
|E. accident||FENDER BENDER||BENDER||FENDER|
|F. speaker part||PASSIVE RADIATOR||PASSIVE||RADIATOR|
|G. rock band formed in the 80s||RADIOHEAD||HEAD||RADIO|
|H. toy franchise||HOT WHEELS||HOT||WHEELS|
|I. computer product||WINDOWS VISTA||VISTA||WINDOWS|
There are a series of letter-number pairs. The number tells you which letter to extract from the missing car part for the clue corresponding to the letter. Doing so for every pair will result in the final answer CREATE YOUR WAY FORWARD MACHINE.
This was the last thing we wrote for the hunt. We knew we likely weren’t going to be able to put something quite like last year’s metameta together, but are generally happy with how it turned out.