Pod of Flesh Melting Beam


This was the first of 13 pod puzzles which teams were handed in groups as the marched towards the Capitol.


U.S. Capitol, South of Reflecting Pool
Washington, DC

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

Your final step awaits you as you confront the first of what you fear may be a series of defense pods, devices formerly used in past arenas, but repurposed as electronic guardians of the Capitol.

Flavor Text

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

The streets here are eerily quiet as you make your way closer to the Capitol. Suddenly, some sort of stanchion rises up out of the ground, rotating to bring a nozzle to bear on your location. With a menacing red glow, it zeroes in on you and a bright scarlet flash lances out of the nozzle, melting the flesh of an unsuspecting Capitol citizen.

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    The beam mutates everything in its path, whether it be big or little, good or evil.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    Each card contains a word which has a common opposite. Though the beam has mutated each word quite a bit, you can still spot what's changed.

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    Match edges, placing words that are opposites next to each other. Keep track of the new letters.

  • Click to reveal Hint #4

    To get your final answer, you'll need to take one more round of opposites.


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle



  • Todd Etter