District Two Recon


Description

Teams arrived at the Air Force Memorial where they received this puzzle. It is very location dependent and is only solvable at the memorial.


Location

Air Force Memorial
1 Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, VA 22204

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

Now that we've got the Capitol disoriented, we'd like to take their biggest asset: District 2. In order to do so, we'll need some good recon. Head to this lookout point, and get the intel we need.

Flavor Text

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

From up here you've got a great view of the surrounding landscape. It should be a simple matter to find your targets and prepare for the upcoming insurrection.

Note: Scaffolding was added to the the Washington Monument after the printing of this puzzle.

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


Hints

  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    If you haven't already, you'll need to explore this location to find everything you need.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    Some of you can feel free to start piecing together your puzzle, but you won't know what to do with it until you try to spot the objects depicted in the key

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    Generating one letter of your key might take the efforts of five eagle-eyed individuals. The star on the ground comes into play for both parts of this puzzle.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    Some objects can be easily seen, or they can't, or they can't, or they can, or they can't. To help piece together the puzzle, it may seem impossible to uniquely put your pieces together unless you've gone through proper orientation.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    Generate letters for your key using 5-bit binary. The key is in alphabetical order. Stand on the tips of the white triangles and note whether or not you can see the object in question. This will generate a message on the star puzzle that reads from top to bottom and left to right.

  • Click to reveal Hint #6

    To decipher the password, you'll need to map each region of your star to the alphabet.

  • Click to reveal Hint #7

    Each of the 26 regions on your star also corresponds to a letter of your message. This should help you decrypt the password.


Solution

  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle

    wing nuts


Credits

  • Todd Etter