Pod of Hard Labor


This was another pod puzzle.


U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, Part Three
U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, Part Three

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

You approach the Capitol building cautiously, so close to your goal. Even though these defenses are proving to be tougher than you expected, you must continue on. It's time to make your final push to the Capitol.

Flavor Text

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

As if in a horror movie, your stomach begins protuding as if some creature is going to gruesomely pop out.

Puzzle Files

The following files are required to solve this puzzle:


  • Click to reveal Hint #1

    Figuring out what either the left or the right set of numbers represents should be enough to solve the puzzle.

  • Click to reveal Hint #2

    These gems are "hard" and also represent different times at which someone went into "labor".

  • Click to reveal Hint #3

    The left numbers are Mohs scale values; the right numbers are months associated with traditional birthstones. Determine the identity of the circled gem based on its birthstone month and/or Mohs value.


  • Click to reveal the solution to this puzzle



  • Ian Tullis