The Answers: Puzzles from Ditch Day 2013

Want to play along at home? Try your hand at these puzzles taken straight from actual Ditch Day stacks!

If you think you've solved them, let us know in the comments on Facebook. But please do not post answers - we wouldn't want to spoil the fun for others! You can check back on Tuesday to see if you got them right.

Say What?

At one point during the day, students working on one stack receive this notice:

Dory (from Finding Nemo) thinks the whales told her how to catch the bad guy on the stack, but she can't remember how she recorded their conversation. Can you (the stackees) help her?

What does this mean? Well, listen to these two WAV files and maybe you can figure it out:

The Answer: Use an audio program such as Audacity to combine the two files and you'll hear, "Congratulations! You've solved the puzzle. Now go to bed Frosh; Ditch Day is tomorrow!" (This isn't the message that participants in the stack heard, but it's the same problem they had to solve.)

Go Where?

Partipants in this stack have what should be a delightful first task: find the location of their breakfast. Here's their clue:

And here's what they're told in order to help them solve the puzzle:

• The goal consists in finding the black boxes in each grid.
• The figures given on the side and in top of the grid give you indices. They indicate the size of the blocks of black boxes of the line or the column on which they are.
• For example 3,4 on the left of a line indicates that there is, from left to right, a block of 3 black boxes then a block of 4 black boxes on this line.

Solve this and, though we can't offer you breakfast, we'll be impressed!

The "LL 111" in the top row sent the participants to room 111 in Lloyd House.

Now Where?

Later in the day, those same students are off to..., well, here's how they figure out where to go:

║ ┬    ║ ╞    ║ └ ╔ ┼ ╣ ╞ ╞ ║ ├ ╣    ┬ ╗ ┤ ┬   ╠ ╟ ╚    ╢ ╟ ╚ ┐ ╖

└ ┤ ╞ ┬ ╣ ┼    ┬ ╗ ╣    ┤ ┴ ╢ ║ ╣ ┴ ┬    ╝ ╟ ┼ └    ╟ ╝    ┬ ╗ ║ ╞

┬ ╣ ╦ ┬.    ╝ ╣ ╩    ┬ ╟ ╖ ┤ ╠    ╢ ┤ ┴    ┐ ╣ ┤ ┼ ┴    ┬ ╟

└ ┤ ╞ ┬ ╣ ┼    ┬ ╗ ╣    ┐ ┤ ┴ ╕ ╚ ┤ ╕ ╣ ╞    ╟ ╝    ┬ ╗ ╣    ╔ ┤ ╞ ┬.

┤ ┴ ╠ ╩ ┤ ╠,    ┬ ╗ ╣    ┬ ╣ ╦ ┬    ╗ ┤ ╞     ╔ ┼ ╟ ╡ ┤ ╡ ┐ ╠

╩ ┤ ╞ ┬ ╣ ╖    ╣ ┴ ╟ ╚ ╕ ╗    ╟ ╝    ╟ ╚ ┼    ┬ ║ └ ╣    ╗ ╣ ┼ ╣.

╠ ╟ ╚ ┼    ╢ ┐ ┤ ╞ ╞    ║ ╞    ║ ┴    ┬ ╗ ╣    ┐ ┤ ╟ ╕ ┤ ║

╡ ╟ ┬ ┬ ┐ ║ ┴ ╕    ║ ┴ ╖ ╚ ╞ ┬ ┼ ╠,    ┼ ╟ ╟ └    ╟ ┴ ╣    ┬ ╩ ╣ ┴ ┬ ╠

╟ ┴ ╣.

The Answer: It's a standard cryptogram, with each symbol uniquely representing one letter. Solve the puzzle and it reads:

Phraseology

One stack uses this clue to send students to a location they determine by solving the puzzle below. Here's a hint:

Q: 16 O _ _ _ _ _ in a P _ _ _ _
A: 16 Ounces in a Pound

26 L _ _ _ _ _ _  of the A _ _ _ _ _ _ _
18 H _ _ _ _  on a G _ _ _  C _ _ _ _ _
1001 A _ _ _ _ _ _  N _ _ _ _ _
12 S _ _ _ _  of the Z _ _ _ _ _
99 B _ _ _ _ _ _  of B _ _ _  on the W _ _ _
20,000 L _ _ _ _ _ _  U _ _ _ _  T _ _  S _ _
4 Q _ _ _ _ _  in a G _ _ _ _ _

9 P _ _ _ _ _ _  in the S _ _ _ _  S _ _ _ _ _
88 P _ _ _ _  K _ _ _
1000 W _ _ _ _  that a P _ _ _ _ _ _  is W _ _ _ _
29 D _ _ _  in F _ _ _ _ _ _  in a L _ _ _  Y _ _ _
64 S _ _ _ _ _ _  on a C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
101 D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
5 D _ _ _ _ _  in a Z _ _  C _ _ _

7 D _ _ _  of the W _ _ _
54 C _ _ _ _  in a D _ _ _  (with J _ _ _ _ _)
200 D _ _ _ _ _ _  for P _ _ _ _ _ _  G _  in M _ _ _ _ _ _ _
24 H _ _ _ _  in a D _ _
76 T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  in the B _ _  P _ _ _ _ _
13 S _ _ _ _ _ _  on the A _ _ _ _ _ _ _  F _ _ _
7 W _ _ _ _ _ _  of the A _ _ _ _ _ _  W _ _ _ _

_ _  DOTS on a DIE
_ _  MEN on a DEAD MAN'S CHEST
_ _  DEGREES at which WATER FREEZES

Clue:
_ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _

The Answer: Here are the phrases themselves:

26 LETTERS of the ALPHABET
18 HOLES  on a GOLF COURSE
1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS
12 SIGNS of the ZODIAC
99 BOTTLES of BEER on the WALL
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
4 QUARTS in a GALLON

9 PLANETS in the SOLAR SYSTEM
88 PIANO KEYS
1000 WORDS that a PICTURE is WORTH
29 DAYS in FEBRUARY in a LEAP YEAR
64 SQUARES on a CHESSBOARD
101 DALMATIANS
5 DIGITS in a ZIP CODE

7 DAYS of the WEEK
54 CARDS in a DECK  (with JOKERS)
200 DOLLARS for PASSING GO in MONOPOLY
24 HOURS in a DAY
76 TROMBONES in the BIG PARADE
13 STRIPES on the AMERICAN FLAG
7 WONDERS of the ANCIENT WORLD

21  DOTS on a DIE
15  MEN on a DEAD MAN'S CHEST
32 DEGREES at which WATER FREEZES

Figure out each of the phrases and use the underlined letters to fill in the clue at the bottom and you get:

BFNIEGO  ENIBDNG  YCAAMED  213

Unscramble the three words to reveal BEIFONG BENDING ACADEMY 213. ("Beifong Bending Academy" was a key part of the stack; something the rest of us working on this one would not have known!)