James McTeague rocked both games of Spaghetti this week, in each case imposing astonishing order on what was supposed to be wanton randomness. On day one, he figured out how to get binary numbers, and from there a word, out of the given words. Yesterday he went one better and took the patterns of consonants and vowels, turned them into Morse code, and extracted an answer (“ZINGER”) just as easy as you please.
I’m not going to try to summarize Ange‘s wonderful answer. But the first line made me laugh: “Take the Scrabble tile values of the FIRST FOUR letters in each word, and locate that string of numbers within pi.” Yes, of course. It just gets crazier from there — and yet, somehow, still elegant, in a Rube Goldberg sort of way. Go read the whole thing.
Indeed, I recommend in general you dive back into yesterday’s comments, because we had a lot of late-arriving entries that many of you probably didn’t see, and they are well worth your time.
Thanks for playing along! Hopefully the metapuzzles at this weekend’s Mystery Hunt won’t be anywhere near this crazy.