I went to the MIT Mystery Hunt this weekend to puzzle away with my friends on team Grand Unified Theory of Love. This year’s theme was a murder mystery, and the puzzles were exceptionally difficult. The first puzzle we received, named Puzzle Zero, was handed out in Lobby 7 at noon.
Bads solved this one pretty quickly and it felt like a great start to the hunt. Sadly, just as we were about to follow the solution’s instructions, the puzzle was discredited by the hunt organizers as a prank. The solution was:
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Filling in the bars for each number yields a message that reads:
CALL 1-622-848-3780 ASAP
Calling this number on the day of the hunt connected to an answering service inviting MIT students to transfer to Cal Tech.
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