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[SPOILERS] “Where Am I?” and “Plumbing” Solutions

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Hope you had a great time solving last week’s puzzles! And now for the solutions:


The answer to Giao Lee’s puzzle, “Where Am I?,” was CITI FIELD. [Download Solution Walkthrough]

Giao adds this personal note: After two years of liking BTS, the first BTS concert I attended was at Citi Field (in 2018). A year before that, I moved to the States and became severely depressed. I was unable to see my friends, unable to make new friends, and constantly fighting with my mom. Attending their concert was my only motivation to keep going. Along with adapting to a new school in sophomore year, I worked minimum wage to pay for my own plane ticket to New York, the concert ticket, and all travel expenses. I bursted out crying the moment I saw the large “Citi Field” sign because at that moment, I felt like all of my hard work and emotional turmoil paid off, so Citi Field means a lot to me.


The answer to Michael White’s puzzle, “Plumbing” was SAN ANTONIO RIVER WALK. [Download Solution]

Michael’s personal note: Visiting the San Antonio River Walk was truly a magical experience. Entering the River Walk is like descending into a whole different world; the bustle and noise of the city is left behind for a peaceful, picturesque boardwalk lined with lovely little shops and restaurants. It is beyond a doubt the most memorable place I’ve ever visited.

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[SPOILERS] “Trick or Treat!” and “The Search for Mr. Mystery” Solutions

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Hope you enjoyed both of last week’s puzzles! And now for the solutions:


The answer to Kevin Zhou’s puzzle, “Trick or Treat!,” was GREEN BANK TELESCOPE. [Download Solution Walkthrough]

Kevin adds this personal note: A few months ago, several of my friends and I went on a trip with the astronomy club to the Green Bank Observatory. It was an absolutely astonishing sight. I’ll forever remember seeing engineers walking around on it, and the controller rotating and moving the gigantic telescope.


The answer to Jacob Zirkle’s “The Search for Mr. Mystery” was BRODY SQUARE. [Download Solution Walkthrough]

Jacob’s personal notes: It has been my dream to attend Michigan State University for as long as I can remember, and in middle school I had the opportunity to watch the Spartan Brass practice. Afterwards, we ate at Brody Square, which is a buffet of any type of food you could ever want. It’s not an especially amazing place, but that day was one of the happiest in my life, and I visit during special occasions to relive some of that happiness.

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“Trick or Treat!” and “The Search for Mr. Mystery”

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First up, this one’s a classic “MSP style” puzzle that our loyal fans will enjoy. Take a pass at “Trick or Treat!” by Kevin Zhou, Carnegie Mellon University.
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Secondly, not your typical MSP puzzle, but a fun “treasure hunt” style diversion that made us smile! Check out “The Search for Mr. Mystery” by Jacob Zirkle, Howell High School.
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  • Hint from the editor: The password will be an initial-capitalized 4-letter word, relating to (1) an extension of something, (2) a homophone of something, and (3) a part of something.

Solutions will be shared next week, alongside a new set of puzzles. See you then!

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[SPOILERS] “Cake Catastrophe” and “Twin Cities Logic Puzzles” Solutions

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We hope you had a great time solving last week’s puzzles! The solutions are below.


The answer to Madelyn Cox-Guerra’s puzzle, “Cake Catastrophe,” was THE U.S. BOTANIC GARDENS. [Download Solution Walkthrough]

In Madelyn’s words: The U.S. Botanic Gardens is a celebration of our nation’s flora. Washington D.C. is a heavy city weighed down by the gravity of politics and history. In the midst of all that, the Botanic Gardens provide a peaceful and unifying space for all to enjoy.


The answer to Sierra Grandy’s “Twin Cities Logic Puzzles” was MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN. [Download Solution Walkthrough]

Sierra’s personal notes: I included local coffee shops that I enjoy, museums I have been on dates with my fiancé with, and place I have volunteered. All of the names that I included in the puzzle are friends and family of mine. Ultimately, the answer to the three puzzle is “Minneapolis Sculpture Garden”, because I went on one of my first dates with my fiancé there and now I go there regularly when I need to decompress.

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“Cake Catastrophe” and “Twin Cities Logic Puzzles”

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This week in Mission Street Puzzles Scholarship Edition, we have a delightful pair of logic puzzles to share! These have a slightly different kind of answer extraction mechanism than usual, but we’re still confident you’ll have a great time solving them.

“Cake Catastrophe” by Madelyn Cox-Guerra, The University of Minnesota Law School
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“Twin Cities Logic Puzzles” by Sierra Grandy, Metropolitan State University
[Download PDF] Editor’s note: please use the following hints.

  • You decided to go to Peet’s on Tuesday or Friday, since your favorite barista there works those two days.
  • You were in Maple Grove for coffee earlier in the week than Minneapolis.
  • You were in St. Paul on Friday for coffee.

Solutions will be shared next week, alongside a new set of puzzles. See you then!

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[SPOILERS] “Mystery at the Mall” and “Takeout Troubles” Solutions

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We hope you had a great time solving last week’s puzzles! The solutions are below.


The answer to Jenna Miller’s puzzle, “Mystery at the Mall,” was ROOSEVELT FIELD. [Download Solution Walkthrough]

Jenna says: When I was a child, I viewed this shopping mall as an utopia. I was enamored by the rows upon rows of stores and how it felt like you could find almost anything and everything there. I thank this mall for helping me find some of my favorite hobbies – not just shopping, but also researching
malls and retail as a whole across America and around the world.


The answer to Michelle Volz’s puzzle, “Take-out Troubles,” was L STREET TAVERN. [Download Solution Walkthrough]

Michelle’s notes: Famous for being the bar in Good Will Hunting, this unassuming and homey watering hole is a Boston favorite for locals and tourists alike!

My all-time favorite movie is Good Will Hunting, so this bar has a special place in my heart. The movie even inspired me to apply to MIT for graduate school. Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to get in and I am so excited to be able to spend the next two years learning from the amazing and brilliant faculty. And of course, the puzzle scene is incredible, an extra bonus. 🙂 How ‘bout them apples?! 😀