A couple of people contacted me yesterday to ask if I was playing a trick: Were those really random words? Or did I throw an actual metapuzzle at you to see if anyone would notice?
It is certainly tempting to try to sneak a real puzzle past you folks, but I haven’t attempted it yet. For a start, I’m not convinced it’s possible — I have a feeling you guys would see through that in a heartbeat. Also, I’m enjoying the random game far too much to waste a day on a silly prank.
So yesterday’s words were totally random, though I understand why people might have thought otherwise. The winning solution, by Greg deBeer, was so straightforward, it seemed like it must have been there by design.
The words were:
“You may notice that the first letter in each word is duplicated in that word exactly once. If you look at the letter before the duplicate, you will see:
Given that we were looking for DUPES in the first place, this is a rather elegant meta.”
Let’s do one more round, and since it’s the final game before the Mystery Hunt begins, let’s crank up the difficulty by throwing in an extra word: