This puzzle required players to realize that the witness sightings they had been getting all day inside
other puzzles needed to be put to use. You needed to draw a line on the map from the start location to end
location of each witness statement. For example the first one was in the newspaper front page and said someone
saw the Fugitive going from the Santa Fe Depot to Island & 5th, so you needed to draw a line on the map
between those two locations. You did this for each witness statement. Then you needed to put the statements
in order by the time of the witness sightings. You then folded along each line, in order, either forward
or backward. All of this information was given by the fugitive in the following little note:
Iíve been up front
with you from the beginning, so I hope youíve been paying attention? The clues have been
coming your way all day and are right in front
of you. I hope someoneís watching your back
because this most devious
puzzle may be an afront
to your sensibility. But letís get back
to the issue at hand. My location. Iím waiting for youÖfront
and center. If you could only bear witness
all the pieces together, it would reveal exactly where you can find me.
Looking for a little order in this madness? Well I havenít got the time
, and I trust youíll figure it out.
Notice the words in italics. They basically told you to use the witness statements, by time, to fold the map, and
you used the front
s and backs
in order to decide which direction to fold.
None of the teams had time to solve this puzzle, which was a pity, but a number of teams did actually start it
and I saw several teams did figure out what they needed to do. You had to be very exact in your folding
and then you would have seen words appear on the front and back of the map.
The words were:
TEXT COVER TO FRANK
And when you did that you would get a message back indicatin that the Fugitive was at the Elephant & Castle
From the few teams I saw doing it, not folding exactly on the lines was the most common mistake.
This was actually one of the very first puzzles I knew I wanted to do. I had an old pirate map
puzzle sitting on my computer desk from years ago where you folded the map to reveal a treasure and
I wanted to do something simlar. In practice this was the very last puzzle to get done. It turned
out to be very difficult to print a map on both sides of a paper such that when folded things lined
up properly. You don't realize how imperfect printers really are until you need something so exacting.
I actually had to make up a few locations on the map in order to get all the folding to work, and I added a few
streets and highlighted some others, but otherwise
it was a map straight off Google Maps.