Teams walked down a trail into the woods where they saw a bunch of fake bee hives high up in a tree. They had to cut down a hive with a tree trimmer, where inside the hive they found the puzzle, which consisted of a hexagonal grid and 16 tracker jackers.
Dawson Terrace Community Center
2133 N Taft St, Arlington, VA 22201
Teams were directed to this location with the following in-app flavor text:
You're sure the horrible screeching noise that just occurred will draw the attention of other teams. Best to head into the woods and try to lay low for a bit.
This puzzle was presented with the following in-app flavor text:
Sure enough, the calamity has attracted some unwanted attention. Despite making your way into the woods, you can hear another team nearby. You climb up into a tree just in time to see Golden SmokingJay enter the clearing. What's even worse is that you find yourself right next to a hive full of tracker jackers, insects known for their deadly hallucinogenic venom. How are you getting out of this?
The following files are required to solve this puzzle:
Click to reveal Hint #1
Looks like the BEEs are clearly missing from this hive. Can you restore order to this striped colony?
Click to reveal Hint #2
You're looking for sixteen words or phrases that contain the letter sequence BEE. However those three letters have been replaced by three other important letters. The "scientific names" are clues to the hidden words. Also, tracker jackers are known for their unique markings.
Click to reveal Hint #3
After finding all the words, for further instructions focus on the new three-letter sequences. Read them in order according to the binary markings on the bees. Make sure you have all the bees facing the fronts of their words.
Click to reveal Hint #4
The eight flowers you're looking for aren't hidden in straight lines. Enter all flowers in alphabetical order as one long text string for confirmation.
Click to reveal Hint #5
Each flower is a six-letter word encircling a seventh unused letter. Flowers always start at the topmost hex of a ring. Also, the flowers have plenty of nectar for the entire hive.
Click to reveal Hint #6
Your final answer will be spelled out with the center letters of each flower, which should be visited in order by all 16 bees.
Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle
Upon solving this puzzle, teams were shown the following video:
- Todd Etter