3854 - gives them a phrase like "Congratulations, that's the key to the cryptex. Inside you find the phrase GEVKNERSBEXVQF "
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A cereal box with two puzzles on the back, text on the side, the title Adventure-O's, heiroglyphics on the front, nutrition facts on the side, and upc code on the bottom
The crux of the puzzle is to discover the locking cryptex inside the box and use the combination to retrieve the answer. There are a number of mini puzzles here to solve:
This is a crossword where every answer has two answers that are the same except a 2-letter substring. The clues are given as
- [CLUE 1]
Where the clues can be in any order. For example:
- A sweet treat with a pit
A sweet treat with a pit / A veranda - PEACH/PORCH
They probably liked it before it was cool / A common pet for kids - HIPSTER/HAMSTER
A simple error / a kid - TYPO/TYKE
The ______ Superhighway / The schism of the Roman Catholic Church - INFORMATION/REFORMATION
John Gotti's organization / Windows _____ Player - MAFIA/MEDIA
Display prominently or vividly / The everything store - BLAZON/AMAZON
How you'll find most of the data in this event / Han solo vis a vis carbonite - ENCODED/ENCASED
Dunk / x^-1 - IMMERSE/INVERSE
She's in distress / A brand of high-end jeans - DAMSEL/DIESEL
Here's a photo of the solved puzzle:
The circled letters from top to bottom read PRIZE
This puzzle is a box of prompts and a set of state outlines with blanks next to them. The idea is to identify the person who has a state as either their first or last name. Here's a picture of the solved puzzle (with the states annotated and the prompt that it solves)
The circled letters from top to bottom spell INSIDE.
One side panel has a bunch of writing that's an advertisement for the brand. This text has a number of typos (exchanged letters or missing letters) in it. Teams should identify these typos and what the correct or missing letter should be.
|Word||Incorrect letter||Correct letter|
The code scans to be the code for Chex. This should show up if they google the number that comes out from the UPC system OR scan it with the Amazon app. The Amazon logo by the upc code indicates that you should scan with the amazon app. It says "Mod 10" next to it. They need to mod 10 the numerical representation of the word CHEX aka (3 8 5 24 -> 3 8 5 4). This is the combination to the cryptex.
This is the cover art on the front of the box.
I used this heiroglpyhics alphabet (which was included on the pregame puzzles)
so the cover text says CAESAR
This is a list of ingredients with amounts. Index into the ingredient by the number in the amount:
Once the teams open the box to get the prize inside, and use the combo to retrieve a piece of paper from the cryptex, then the only thing they won't have used is CAESAR CIPHER 13.
The paper inside the cryptex reads GEVKNERSBEXVQF so applying rot13 gives you the answer TRIXAREFORKIDS
*The cryptex might be hard to open. Tell the teams they have to pull HARD. If they really can't get it they should enter the code into spiderdoge. The partial will tell them what's inside.
Sometimes certain apps won't automatically search for the product for the UPC - they might try to mod 10 the number that comes out - that only leaves you with 1 number. The amazon logo is on the upc to indicate that they should sccan with the amazon app. It seems like if you google or bing the number that comes out of the UPC it says chex pretty early on and the cereal connection is hard to miss.
There's no specific order on the box for what order the answers of the puzzles go in. People will try to rot cipher a ton of other stuff before they open the cryptex.