Nasty Weather

Owner:

Greg

Solution:

"When you meet a contact with a blue hat, say to them, 'Our goal has always been to seek the unattainable answer.'"

(That doesn't go into Spiderdog. "Verify Me" is given to the teams to enter into spiderdog.)

Partial Answers

N/A

GC Notes:

GC to update day-of-game.

Presentation:

At the opening, teams are given a handout with a list of responses. Over the entire event, teams have encountered agents who'd tell them a phrase and wait for the appropriate response to confirm their identity. The last one just says "Excuse me..." - if the team doesn't know what to do at this point, they'll be given a transcript of all the other exchanges.

Walkthrough:

Figuring out the right responses for the challenges as they go is mostly a matter of finding something that has a related concept.

When they give the correct response, the agent will give them a countersign which contains a number, either literally ("I'll take bus number one, then") or via homophone ("It all flows to the ocean in the sky"). This is the "confirmation number" the handout asks them to record.

Using the number as an index by words into the response (taking one word from each response) in the order given on the handout gives the phrase "When you meet a contact with a blue hat, say to them, 'Our goal has always been to seek the unattainable answer.'"

The final agent has a blue hat, so telling them that response will let them into the final puzzle.

Hinting:

Everyone tries indexing by letters first, which yields garbage. Is there another way to index?

Data:

https://microsoft.sharepoint.com/teams/MSInternGame/Shared Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?viewpath=%2Fteams%2FMSInternGame%2FShared Documents%2FForms%2FAllItems.aspx&id=%2Fteams%2FMSInternGame%2FShared Documents%2FMSIG 2017%2FPuzzles%2FNasty Weather%2FRTM has three files: the opening handout, the closing handout, and the list of challenge+responses at locations.

In the order on the handout:

Excuse me, when shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning or in rain?When the hurlyburly's done, when the battle's lost and won.1whenSo then around the hour of one?
Excuse me, what's the best way to the train station?You could walk, but it's about ten blocks.1youI'll take bus number one, then
Excuse me, I'm looking for somewhere to rendezvous with a spy.This is a good place to meet.7meetAnd apparently my response should contain the number "seven".
Excuse me. The crow flies at midnight.The eagle has a white head.4aAll birds long for the woods.
Excuse me, I find myself squinting all the time.That can happen if you lose a contact lens.8contactOops, I ate mine at dinner last night
Excuse me, how do you feel by the end of the day? Are you sad because you're on your own?No, I get by with a little help from my friends.5withI get high with a little help from my five friends
Excuse me, can I borrow a match?I use a lighter3aI find it takes three matches at a time to get the perfect light.
Excuse me, have you seen my pet duck?Is it the one with a bit of blue on its bill?9blueAs the Germans would say, "Nein"
Excuse me, I like your shirt.That is an excellent hat.5hatThanks, it only cost five dollars.
Excuse me, I'm not supposed to give you this unless you say "swordfish"I just have to say "swordfish"?5sayYou'd think after five times I wouldn't give that away.
Excuse me, did you hear the news about Bob?No, what happened to him?4toI hadn't heard from him for a long time.
Excuse me, this bridge took quite some effort to buildWe've given them a long time to do it.3themThree years isn't that long in civil engineering.
Excuse me, you look like a pretty cohesive team.We all do our part.4ourThat's a good philosophy for you.
Excuse me, how about that local sports team?I heard they got one more goal than the other team.7goalSeven points is a lot, though.
Excuse me, how do you make a martini again?I think it has an olive or something.4hasThere are only four other ingredients
Excuse me: Wonderful weather, isn't it?Yes, but I always carry an umbrella4alwaysI like being prepared for anything.
Excuse me, these IDs don't really look like you.It's been a while since the picture was taken.2beenIt makes no difference to me.
Excuse me. Before you proceed I need you to fill out these hundred forms.Is there a point to that rule?5toJust delaying you five minutes or so.
Excuse me, you look like you'd make a good hopscotch playerI'm more of a fan of Hide and Seek9seekHow about Nine Men's Morris?
Excuse me, do you prefer eggplants or aubergines?Aren't the two kind of the same?2theThere are at least two differences
Excuse me: The infinite is possible.The unattainable is unknown.2unattainableWelcome… to Zombocom.
Excuse me, how many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.2answerActually, I think it's just two roads.