On the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, teams were handed a pen. They had to realize that the puzzle was rolled up inside the pen.


Thomas Jefferson Memorial
900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242

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

Don't return to your vehicles just yet! You need to find some sort of weapon to defend yourself. Head to the memorial of Jamesson Hoffert, one of the founders of Pangram, and find something to create a makeshift weapon. Anything will do, even a sharpened stick!

Flavor Text

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

Ah, finally a pen! Maybe things aren't so hopeless after all.

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    POE was a great POET, wasn't he?

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    Each row of the poem hints at a set of three answers, which consists of a root word, root word + extra letter, root word + 2 extra letters. Answers will always increase in length within each line.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    The extra letters (two per row) will spell out a message that will guide you to the answer.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    Show this hint to the staffer and they will give you answers to two lines of your choice.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    Your final answer involves a reference to a poem by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle

    sword~the sword


  • Phil Dasler