Blanket Weaving


Teams were handed 10 strips of paper with words written on them. To solve, cut out the strips. You won't be able to do the full version online, but a three word phrase will hint at what you were supposed to do to get the final answer.


George Mason Memorial
900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

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

You grab what you can from the Arena and flee. You need to get away and take a moment to find your bearings. Time to head for a clearing to rest and figure out your next move.

Flavor Text

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

It seems that this portion of the Arena has wildly fluctuating weather.  While it was scorching hot a second ago, you can see a blizzard approaching on the horizon.  Luckily, your sponsors have provided you with some strips of a durable, lightweight fabric.

It seems like you're supposed to weave this into a blanket. But they gave no instructions on how to do it.  Or did they?

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    You need to make an alternating weave with the strips.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    Each word can logically pair with one other word. That should guide you in your weaving.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    Add helpful prepositions to pairs of words to make 25 familiar three-word phrases.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    For example, you can make HEAD OVER HEELS which tells you that HEAD will go directly on top of HEELS, and so on.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    When you've correctly woven your blanket, you should get an instructional message that points to one of your three-word phrases. Can you carefully follow the instructions?

  • Click to reveal Hint #6

    When applying heat to the blanket with your lighter, your final answer should magically appear! Don't burn the paper!


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle


Post-Solve Video

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


  • Phil Dasler