Mockingjays


Description

Teams went to the backyard of a house where they discovered 8 mockingjays perched in their nests atop a fence. High up in a tree house was a microphone. When they sung into the microphone, the birds sang notes back to them either high, medium, or low pitches. This puzzle is currently not available online.


Location

Nottingham Drive Residence
2319 N. Nottingham Arlington VA 22205

Teams were directed to this location with the following in-app flavor text:

After making it through that grisly ordeal, it's time to once again move on. Perhaps if you head into the modern day labyrinth of Suburbia you can shake any potential teams stalking you.

Flavor Text

This puzzle was presented with the following in-app flavor text:

As you walk among the trees, you hear a familiar sound.

Hints

  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    Each bird sings one of three tones (except the third set of birds, god rest their souls). You don't need to know what the exact tones are.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    Birds of the same color should be considered together. And even though it may appear to be the case, Braille is not used in this puzzle.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    Each round, each pair of birds generates a single capital letter. And despite all the back and forth, within each pair, note that one and only one bird is singing at one time. Show this hint to the staffer for free confirmation of your data.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    Think of this as a connect-the-dots audio puzzle.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    You need to trace out a letter point-by-point. For example, if the left bird started low, and then the left bird sang high, you'd draw a vertical line on the left side. By doing so, you'll be spelling some appropriate things... well, almost.

  • Click to reveal Hint #6

    Each round, the birds will be spelling a four-letter bird name. To get your final answer, think about the letters the dead birds need to contribute.


Solution

  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle

    downer


Post-Solve Video

Upon solving this puzzle, teams were shown the following video:



Credits

  • Puzzle Design - Todd Etter
  • Bird Design - Jeremy Todd and Ben de Bivort