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Send In Your Puzzles!

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The deadline for puzzle draft submissions for Season Five is Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 11:59pm. If you have a great idea, please email a draft and solution walkthrough to help@missionstreetpuzzles.com! The theme of Season Five will be the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. There is no guarantee that submitted puzzles will be used, and some may be modified heavily to fit the season’s needs.

Looking forward to seeing your ideas!

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Season Four Recap

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From a candy store to a museum to a “wild” cafe, Season Four has taken us all across Seoul. Congrats to all of the teams that solved puzzles! In particular, our big winners were…

Cardinality in first place,
Plugh in second place, and
terrapin iterated in third place!

All of these teams kept up a perfect streak of 12 puzzles solved–amazing! Great work!

This season would not have been possible without our awesome team of volunteers working behind the scenes! A million thanks to:

Arturo, Editor-in-Chief
Advith, Tech Lead
Carly, Puzzle Author
Lily, Puzzle Author
Shuyi, Puzzle Author
Kevin, Test Solver
Jeff, Test Solver
Ling, Swag Manager
Willa, MSP Founder
Sean, MSP Founder

We are now soliciting puzzle draft submissions for Season Five. If you have a great idea, please email a draft and solution walkthrough to help@missionstreetpuzzles.com! The theme of Season Five will be the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. There is no guarantee that submitted puzzles will be used, and some may be modified heavily to fit the season’s needs.

Stay tuned via social media (or this site) to find out when the season will be starting. Thanks so much to all the loyal fans that make Mission Street Puzzles what it is. See you later!

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“Seoul Scavenger Hunt” Recap [SPOILERS!]

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And the correct answer to the final puzzle of the season, “Seoul Scavenger Hunt,” was…

MAENGKUN RACCOON CAFE! Maengkun Raccoon Cafe is a cafe that offers the opportunity to hang out with raccoons (and dogs) while sipping your coffee. The cafe provides lockers for you to protect your belongings from overzealous furry friends–be sure to empty your pockets before entering the play zone. MSP staff notes that reviews are mixed for this cafe, due to concerns about the care and stimulation level for the animals. We don’t have firsthand knowledge about this facility, but emphasize that we do not condone mistreatment of animals.


The 11 activities of the scavenger hunt correspond to previous puzzles of this Mission Street Puzzles season. For example, the activity “Raise caterpillars” corresponds to the “Metamorphosis” puzzle.

Based on the logic clues, you can deduce an ordering for those puzzles:

#1 Play Pokemon Go (“Critters In My Pants”)
#2 Build a fence (“Berrypicking”)
#3 Take a group photo (“Hey, Seoul Sister”)
#4 See a boy band (“Of Boys And Girls”)
#5 Read the newspaper (“Headlines”)
#6 Hide in a bush (“Hide and Seek”)
#7 Go on a date (“Matching Madness”)
#8 Fix a machine (“Robot Tug-of-War”)
#9 Perform a dance (“Just Dance”)
#10 Raise caterpillars (“Metamorphosis”)
#11 Compose a song (“K-Pop Hit”)

Each of these previous puzzles has a Seoul place as its answer, but how do they combine to lead to the final destination? Take a look at the mysterious snapshot images. Each of these images illustrates the name of a team on the Mission Street Puzzles leaderboard. For example, the repeated image of the turtle represents the team “terrapin iterated.”

Typing the correct team name for each snapshot into the corresponding text box leads you to another mini-puzzle to solve.
For example, the answer to the the Terrapin Iterated puzzle is the pair of numbers 4 and 1. The team names and mini-puzzle answers are:

  • Terrapin Iterated: 4, 1
  • Clot Stoppers: 9
  • Cardinality: 5, 6
  • Dare to Play: 7
  • Black Fedora Group: 7
  • Funky Town Monkey Pimps: 9, 6, 3
  • Pizza Rat: 8, 12
  • Mobius Strippers: 5
  • [Redacted]: 4, 1
  • Ducky Charms: 10, 11
  • Please Clap: 2, 6

These numerical answers index into the previous season’s puzzle answers. For example, the 4th and 1st letters of “Critters In My Pants” are M and A; the 9th letter of “Berrypicking” is E; and so on. Putting these letters together spells out the final answer: MAENGKUN RACCOON CAFE!


The Faster Solver this week was team Cardinality! Closely following them were Matt Du in second and Plugh in third. Congrats everyone! To find out the winners of the whole season, check out the Season Four Recap

Note: Maengkun Raccoon Cafe is not affiliated with Mission Street Puzzles in any way.

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Seoul Scavenger Hunt

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Over the past few months, we’ve been on an exciting scavenger hunt that took us all over Seoul. It was such a blur–I can’t even remember, in what order did we complete the activities on the checklist? And what were the other teams we glimpsed along the way? Maybe once we recap the hunt’s previous places, we can figure out the final destination.

Scavenger hunt checklist:
☑ Build a fence
☑ Compose a song
☑ Fix a machine
☑ Go on a date
☑ Hide in a bush
☑ Perform a dance
☑ Play Pokemon Go
☑ Raise caterpillars
☑ Read the newspaper
☑ See a boy band
☑ Take a group photo


Our snapshots, chronologically:


Our team’s notes:

  • If building a fence was one of the first three activities that we did, then composing a song was one of the last three activities.
  • If we performed a dance later than hiding in a bush, then we built a fence later than playing Pokemon Go.
  • After fixing a machine but before composing a song, we did at least two other activities.
  • If we saw a boy band earlier than building a fence, then we went on a date earlier than taking a group photo.
  • After going on a date but before performing a dance, we did exactly one other activity.
  • We read the newspaper earlier than raising caterpillars.
  • Seeing a boy band was one of the first five activities we did.
  • We went on a date immediately after hiding in a bush.
  • If performing a dance was one of the last four activities that we did, then so was fixing a machine.
  • If reading the newspaper was an odd-number activity, then so was taking a group photo.
  • Taking a group photo was one of the first three activities we did.
  • Playing Pokemon Go was either the first or the last activity we did.
  • If seeing a boy band was the fifth activity that we did, then building a fence was the sixth activity.

Note: Mission Street Puzzles’ interactive puzzles are best viewed in the Chrome browser.

24 hours after puzzle release, a hint will be available here.
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“Just Dance” Recap [SPOILERS]

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And the correct answer to the “Just Dance” puzzle was…

NEXON ARENA! The Nexon Arena is an eSports stadium in Seoul! It has hosted competitions for FIFA Online 3, StarCraft II, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Hearthstone. With your new dance moves, your avatars can perform there too!


The choreographer gives 14 notes, which each correspond to a word and which match up with the first seven dances:

Choreographer's notes correspond to one word each for a total of 7 words

Typing these words in brings you to a series of dance moves, each with five steps (letters). (Alum example). Noting that all seven words are of differing lengths, we put them in order to get the initials ANAGRAM — our grand finale.

We can fill out as much or as little of the dance moves as we need to to constrain the final grid.

="Dance

Matching the dance moves to the grand finale grid, we ANAGRAM them to get the full grid:

Filled-in Anagram dance grid

The highlighted steps read XENON ANEAR. We similarly anagram this to get our answer NEXON ARENA.


The Faster Solver this week was team terrapin iterated! Following on their heels were teams Davidsteinandfriends in second and Plugh in third. Congrats everyone!

Note: Nexon Arena is not affiliated with Mission Street Puzzles in any way.

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Just Dance

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You are in South Korea’s premier dance crew. For your next performance, you’ll need to learn a number of new routines, and put them together into the grand finale. Can you figure out what the dances are called, based on the choreographer’s notes below?

Choreographer’s Notes:

Feed liquid, usually milk
Reddish-brown in color
The state of having written a book?
University in Alabama
Hydrated sulfate salt
Graduate of a university
Without compassion
Ovoviviparous shark
Moves at a slow pace
Missing a famous candy bar
Typical of Antarctica
The largest river in a watershed
Control over a situation
Dominant fashion trend

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24 hours after puzzle release, a hint will be available here.
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Berrypicking

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MSP’s berry farm is booming this season! The only thing is, we seem to have lost track of which berries we planted where. Can you help our Chief Berry Picker out? Click on a fence post within the 18×20 grid to find out what berry-lined fences connect it to one of its adjacent posts (fences can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal)! No two fences cross, and no two fences of the same berry type meet at an acute angle.


Errata: The fourth column in the top row should be associated with “1 blackberry.” A previous version showed it with “1 blueberry.”

The fourteenth column (fifth from the right) in the sixth row should be associated with “2 blueberries, 1 blackberry.” A previous version showed it with “2 blueberries.”
Sorry about the inconvenience!

Fence choices:

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Hide and Seek

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Hops the Bunny is playing hide-and-seek with his friends, and he needs your help! Find his eight friends in the puzzles below, and then find out where they come from!

The first friend is hiding in Disney World, standing at the intersection. Among these funhouse mirrors, he doesn’t know which way to go–left or right, up or down! Maybe these characters can help you find him?



The second friend was easy to find, because he was standing in plain sight, studying this odd sign.

267     Mode of Transport

734     Greek Letter

4671   Some boats need these

5423   Ness e.g.

6514   Too

You see the third friend behind the gate to Halloween Town, but it’s locked. “We need a key!” Hops cries.

A bunny in a doorman costume skips over. “I can let you in, but first, do you want to hear a joke in my language?”

“Sure,” you say.

The doorman clears his throat. “Cec yms dhwp rdh qrmpy wimsr rdh tpwzy kmlqrhp pwiier? Er vwq w dwph-pweqelb rwej!”

Out of the corner of your eye, you saw the fourth friend, Maggie slipping inside this hedge maze. You and Hops tried every path, but you weren’t fast enough to catch up! To find Maggie, can you make Hops a quick bunny–and hopefully find a few Easter treats along the way?



“Every time we play hide-and-seek, Graham hides in here,” Hops says, as you walk towards a familiar-looking grid in the distance. “I keep telling him, ‘No, no, Graham, please just try to hide somewhere else,’ but does he listen? No, no!”



The sixth friend, Sue, found her own familiar-looking grid to hide in.



Not to be outdone by Sue, the seventh friend found yet another grid to hide in. “It seems like they’re always competing with each other,” Hops complains.



The eighth friend, thankfully, did not follow suit and hide in a grid.

“I have to warn you, Joe is a little strange,” Hops says, walking beside you in the forest. Suddenly, a clown jumps out from behind a tree. Startled, you both scream.

Joe takes off his clown mask and laughs. “Got you!” he cries triumphantly.

“Aww, don’t be mad,” he says, seeing your angry glares. “I heard a great riddle and I wanted to share it with you. Want to hear it?”

You and Hops nod. Joe grins and says:
“What do you call a sapphire that’s good for measuring energy?”

“Umm, I give up–”

“Here’s another. What kind of song will always remind you of your debts?”

“I giv–”

“What do you call a horseman that never gets any sun?”

“Err, I–”

“This one’s my favorite. What animal part is always a yes for me?”

“I don’t know, I really have to go–”

“Just one more! What plant part is a way to get somewhere?”

“No more riddles! That’s quite enough for one day.” With that, you run away to meet up with the rest of the friends.

24 hours after puzzle release, a hint will be available here.