Border Patrol by Thomas Snyder

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This is a puzzle-hunt style puzzle, prepared for an evening event at the World Puzzle Championship. There are no instructions; finding out what to do is part of the puzzle. Some US cultural knowledge may be required.

Border Patrol PDF

Author/Opus: This is the 288th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Answer String: Enter the final answer of the puzzle, a single word, in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

  • A☆ says:

    I don’t have a clue where to start. I’m going to need a hint or several… but you won’t/can’t give any until after the Championship, I suspect?

    • Bryce Herdt says:

      My first problem was that the map didn’t load in the PDF the first time. This is unlikely to be your problem, but I thought it was worth mentioning just in case.

      Anyway, on second viewing, the map was there. So for a hint in that situation, might I suggest (rot13) sbphffvar ba ubj gur juvgr obkrf ner neenatrq. That should tip you off to the structure of the puzzle.

  • Eugene Porter says:

    Fascinating puzzle but no idea what to do. A close up view of a map was no help

    • drsudoku drsudoku says:

      Decode as rot13

      Hint 1: Abgvpr gung rnpu jbeq unf rknpgyl sbhe juvgr obkrf. Vf gurer nal cnggrea gb ubj gurfr obkrf nccrne?

      Hint 2: Gur ahzorerq obeqre pebffvatf ba gur znc jvyy tvir lbh gur sbhe yrggref va juvgr sbe gur jbeq jvgu gur fnzr ahzore.

      Hint 3: (instructions?) Sbe rnpu “obeqre pebffvat”, n jbeq pna or sbezrq sebz gur gjb 2-yrggre fgngr cbfgny pbqrf sbe gung obeqre, naq bar frg bs gur funql punenpgref nqqrq va fbzr beqre.

      Hint 4: (example for clue 3) Ivetvavn naq Abegu Pnebyvan tvir inkkapk be apkkink. Gur svefg vf gur bayl neenatrzrag gung ybbxf yvxr n jbeq. Nqqvat va gur npl frg tvirf inpnapl.

      Hint 5: Sbe gur svany nafjre, chyy bhg gur vaqvpngrq yngre sbe rnpu frg bs nqqrq funql punenpgref (vs A vf va cneragurfrf, gnxr gur Agu yrggre). Gur svany nafjre vf na rvtug-yrggre jbeq znqr bhg bs sbhe fgngrf’ cbfgny pbqrf.

  • David says:

    Brilliant puzzle! I’m putting together a puzzle-hunt for our local area next spring. Can I borrow the structure of this puzzle for our hunt? I’ll create my own US map with different numbers and clues.

  • Jobs says:

    I’m in the same situation as David. I’m an engineering student in Brazil and I’ve been wanting to do a Puzzle Hunt event in my university for a long time, as I don’t think there has ever been one around here. This was super fun, so I’d love to do a puzzle with the same structure, but using the Brazilian map and in portuguese. Would that be OK? If so, how should I credit you?

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