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DASH 2009 Puzzles

Couldn't make it to DASH on September 13, 2009? Fear not, all the puzzles are available here, along with hints and answers. You can also see which city created which puzzle! (Note: some cities may have made minor changes to "localize" the presentation of their clues in the actual event.)

Hints below are displayed in white text; highlight each HINT with your mouse to make it visible. Solutions will appear in a new browser window when you click each link. All of these puzzles will solve to a single English word.

You should also print out the answer sheet and the code sheet passed out to all teams.

Palo Alto: "Honky Tonk Music"

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HINT: Lines match equivalent letters.

HINT: Based on the song name, who *should* have sung it? Enumeration refers to the name of the song.

Boston: "Avalanche Casino"

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HINT: It's a casino: these are poker hands, and some are likely to win, and some aren't.

HINT: Notice what's unique about the first halves of the pairs of numbers. That makes the second an index into something.

Los Angeles: "Denouement Cemetery"

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HINT: Finished reading the inscriptions out loud? Then notice the range of digits on the dates.

HINT: Follow the instructions that appear, using the letter that each letter (in ABC order) points to.

Washington DC: "Fistful o' Dollars Casino"

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HINT: Aces, for indexing, are low.

HINT: Put the hands in a grid, then make sets based on your first answers, then see what happens.

Houston: "Paper Dolls Saloon"

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HINT: Remember that directions are from the audience's point of view.

HINT: The new red dress was loaned to someone else who needed it.

Portland: "Bureaucrat Cracker Company"

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HINT: Everything is arranged for you already.

HINT: What do the marshmallows and chocolate bars look like?

Seattle: "Binks Tailor Shop and Deli"

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HINT: The deli clues and the tailor clues do not match up directly.

HINT: Once you put the tailor answers in alphabetical order, look to the end to read the final answer.

Palo Alto: "Slim's Hardware"

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HINT: You need to find the analogy for each set of words.

HINT: ... then you need to use each of the analogy methods on one of your answer words.

San Francisco: "Meta 1"

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HINT: Match each location to a rock, scissors, paper "gambit."

HINT: What are the first letters of rock, scissors, and paper? What does 0->2 suggest?

San Francisco: "Meta 2"

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(Download PDF above) HINT: The flags are there for a reason.

HINT: Rearrange directional locations of each puzzle, converting each word to semaphore.