# Gearbox Solution

## How It Works

The first step is to stack the gears on the spindle in a more useful order than the random one they came in. The English phrases on each gear are riddles, each of which has an answer that's a number:

victorious -

*number one*or firsttango requisite - it takes

*two*to tangopie with shortening - Pi, truncated -

*three*stable size for apocalypse - There are

*four*horsemenjames monroe - was the

*fifth*presidentequilateral hexacontagon angle - A hexacontagon has 60 sides - if it's equilateral, that means each angle is

*six*degreesneither first nor last - by process of elimination, this must be

*seventh*. Also, this is a clue that these phrases are about ordering.morse second initial plus third - His name is Samuel F. B. Morse. So that's F + B, or the sixth letter plus the second letter -

*eight*pie with shortening - Pi, truncated -

*three*stable size for apocalypse - There are

*four*horsemenjames monroe - was the

*fifth*presidentequilateral hexacontagon angle - A hexacontagon has 60 sides - if it's equilateral, that means each angle is

*six*degreesneither first nor last - by process of elimination, this must be

*seventh*. Also, this is a clue that these phrases are about ordering.morse second initial plus third - His name is Samuel F. B. Morse. So that's F + B, or the sixth letter plus the second letter -

*eight*

So, stack them in order, from First to Eighth, with the writing going the same way. By rotating the gears around the axle, it's possible to make the random lines resolve into words.

To make this possible, each line segment appears on two wheels, but wheels don't share the same line segments. Once all the line segments are aligned, you should get the following message:

which says "Read Me."

Finally, teams needed to read the whole assembly. The gearteeth around the edge neatly lined up into columns with small gaps between them. In each column, teeth always appeared in sets of one or two, with gaps in between. Reading the teeth as morse code (one tooth is a dot, two teeth is a dash), from gear 1 to gear 8, teams got the answer:

## Solution

TRANSMISSION

## Design Notes

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