After solving all 13 pods, teams reached the Capitol steps, where they were confronted by President Snow. He handed them a final meta-pod puzzle and taunted them severely. Solving this puzzle concluded the Game.
U.S. Capitol Steps
Teams were directed to this location with the following in-app flavor text:
Through the efforts of your team and the thousands of fellow revolutionaries, it looks like all the pods have been disarmed. Whew! Towering above you is your ultimate destination--The Capitol. After all you've been through it's hard to believe that you're finally here. Your \"victory\" in the arena seems ages ago.
This puzzle was presented with the following in-app flavor text:
You see before you one last pod. Though smaller than the others, it seems somehow more menacing. As you approach, you see a mass of cables connected to its base and, with a sudden horrific understanding, realize that each one snakes out and connects to one of the pods you just encountered. With a terrible hum, each of these pods reactivates, surrounding you in a deadly web of machinery. If you act fast, you may be able to destroy this pod before it's too late. It's your only hope.
The following files are required to solve this puzzle:
Click to reveal Hint #1
This final puzzle is pretty straightforward, as long as you work your way through it carefully. Try starting with unique letters such as the X in EXTRAVAGANT. That has to be paired with the R.
Click to reveal Hint #2
Anytime you have a letter that's part of a pangram pair (such as X and R in EXTRAVAGANT), make sure to cross out all instances of those letters in the other answer words. It would also help to make a list of the alphabet, eliminating letters as you use them. Don't forget that you also need to match answers to Districts in a thematic way.
Click to reveal Hint #3
Some answer words can be conceivably matched with more than one district, but there's one way that makes the most sense. Enter the answer words in the correct order for confirmation.
Click to reveal Hint #4
Show this hint to the staffer to get confirmation on your letter pairs.
Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle
an end to famine
Upon solving this puzzle, teams were shown the following video:
- Todd Etter