Teams arrived at a pet hotel, where they were greeted by a giant dog. They had to bark their way into the hotel, where they were led into the back, where each team had their own muttation inside the kennels of the hotel. Cutting open the stuffed dog revealed 24 strips of paper along with another strip of just blanks.


Olde Towne Pet Resort
8101 Alban Road, Springfield VA 22150

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

Now there are only two other teams left! Time to go on the offensive and hunt them down.

Flavor Text

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

How horrible. Just when you thought the Capitol could go no further. Now this. Such cute cuddly creatures mutated into killing machines.

Note: One small piece of data in this puzzle has changed since the time of printing. When you understand the main gimmick of how the puzzle works, come tell the Piecekeepers and they will tell you the element that has changed.

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    In case you're not familiar with the various creatures of Pangram, muttations are dead tributes brought to life in the form of a dog.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    Each of the 24 DNA strands contains two separate pieces of information. However, there are also three "mutations".

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    Each strand contains both a team name and a dog breed. Both can be read from top to bottom. Keep track of the letters replaced as well as the newly mutated letters. And even though you might be tempted to order your strips by district, your ordering will have to be pieced together, instead.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    The newly mutated letters are all from a very relevant quartet. The replaced letters, when regrouped to fit the white and gray strand, will form a seventy-two letter instruction.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    The new letters should all be As,Cs,Gs, and Us. When taken in triplicate, they can be matched to amino acids.

  • Click to reveal Hint #6

    Amino acids have single letter abbreviations. Using the order of the 72-letter message, you can spell out a 24-letter clue which will lead you to a six-letter answer.


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle


Post-Solve Video

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


  • Todd Etter
  • Dog Surgery - Robin Dasler