And the correct answer to the “Metamorphosis” puzzle was…
BEETLE BUG CANDY! At this candy store, you’ll find rows of handmade goodies adorned with adorable pictures and words. You can even design your own, for an extra-personalized gift. Plus, free samples are available!
The first step to solving this puzzle is reading the flavor text carefully. Based on the example with DAN, ANDY, and CANDY, you can extrapolate that a letter is added to the caterpillar or chrysalis’s name each time it evolves into a chrysalis or butterfly–and that the letters may potentially be shuffled (anagrammed) at each of these steps.
Using the given word clues, you can figure out the names of all the caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies:
NOD ➡️ BOND ➡️ BOUND
WED ➡️ WEED ➡️ WEDGE
RED ➡️ REED ➡️ CREED
SOB ➡️ BOTS ➡️ BOAST
SAT ➡️ LAST ➡️ SLANT
RIB ➡️ BRIE ➡️ BRIDE
LAD ➡️ BALD ➡️ BADLY
Using this information, fill in the final grid with the letters that needed to be added for each transition:
This week’s first-place Fastest Solver was BEYONCE?, followed by teams terrapin iterated in second and Davidsteinandfriends in third! Congrats! That said, we are aware of the server problems that slowed everyone down at the puzzle launch time, and are actively working to fix the issue.
Thanks everyone for a great kickoff week! And with that, the next puzzle, “Matching Madness” has been posted! Good luck and happy solving!
Note: Beetle Bug Candy is not affiliated with Mission Street Puzzles in any way.