Raise the Flag


At the Iwo Jima Memorial, teams were handed a set of custom-made flags. This puzzle is location-based, but should be solvable with the provided layout of the memorial.


Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine Corps War Memorial)
Arlington, VA 22209

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

With a steady flow of new recruits to your cause it's now time the crack \"The Nut\". Known by this moniker due to its well fortified nature, District 2 is a key asset in keeping the Capitol running.

Flavor Text

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

You climb a rocky hill and prepare to claim District 2 for the Resistance. Raise your flag and rally the troops.

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    The answers to everything you need can be found at this location. Specific historical knowledge of the battles, such as dates are not used in this puzzle.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    Each flag pair generates 3 battle locations, all of which are depicted on the Marine Corps Memorial.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    One battle site is the flag in the background, which is always a country (or in one case two countries combined into one name). The other two battles are generating by interpreting the battle name as a wordplay rebus.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    Before you can raise your victory flag, you'll need to orient yourself appropriately. Show this hint to the staffer to receive answers to two rebuses or country flags.

  • Click to reveal Hint #5

    This puzzle uses semaphore flags. To form letters, face the battle on the background flag. The two semaphore flags are designated by the battles formed rebus-style. The order of your answer is by background flag, alphabetically.


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle


Post-Solve Video

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


  • Todd Etter