States


Description

Teams were handed this puzzle at the Lincoln Memorial. While it is location-based, it can be solved by looking up photos of the facade of the memorial.


Location

Lincoln Memorial
2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037

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

You've won the hearts of so many across Pangram, but the Resistance is still skeptical of your loyalty and usefulness. As a test, they want to send you on a secret mission into the Capitol.

Flavor Text

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

You've been sent to a massive structure commemorating former Pangram President Marclan Hobnail.  Rumor has it that this leader, unhappy with the state of the nation, was secretly working with the Resistance to better Pangram. If so, there's a good chance that he has left some useful information hidden somewhere on the memorial.

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


Hints

  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    To help you with data collection, both levels of the memorial feature a distinct sequence of U.S. States. There's also a logical way these states appear on the memorial.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    To make it easier to check your data, the top level shows the 48 U.S. states that existed at the time the memorial was built. The bottom level displays the 36 states that joined the Union before the end of the Civil War. Both sets are listed chronologically.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    There's a consistent relationship between the number of state borders and the lengths of your answers. What might that indicate?

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    Each answer is composed of the postal abbreviations of the states listed on a given page. You'll need to note which dots equal which states. Also, it's not a coicendence that there are always two blanks with a pair of numbers, of which one is always 1.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    For each answer, you should have a set of uniquely defined points (either on the top or bottom level, as indicated by the different colors). It's time to travel!

  • Click to reveal Hint #6

    Connect the dots in order of the blanks to create some very thematic shapes.

  • Click to reveal Hint #7

    Each path drawn from dot to dot should roughly resemble a U.S. state. Identify each state to spell out your 8 letter answer.


Solution

  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle

    unionist


Credits

  • Todd Etter