Stay ahead: The game
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Walker Royce – IBM’s Chief Software Economist & Puzzle Monster – has created Stay
Prove you’ve got the mental mettle to STAY AHEAD of the pack. Decode Walker’s twelve brain-bending challenges to reveal the GPS coordinates of a mystery location. Email your answer (the place name and coordinates) to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you solve it but no later than midnight on Saturday, June 1 and you will be on your way to walking out of Orlando as a STAY AHEAD hero! Winners will be announced during the Innovate Expo and Welcome Reception on Sunday, June 2 in the developerWorks Live booth, and posted here, too. Everyone who submits an answer—right or wrong—will be invited to participate in another puzzle onsite at Innovate! Speed counts, so sharpen your pencils and see if you have what it takes to stay ahead.
A few hints on solving:
The Rules of The Road
This puzzle consists of twelve lists of seemingly random elements. A keen observation and in some cases, a little web research, will help you discover a theme that ties all the elements of each list together. That theme will help you see how the elements in each list can be logically ordered from 1-10 (or from 0-9). When you rearrange a list into its proper order, it will become clear that each list has one MISSING digit.
That missing digit can be assigned to the letter that is the title of the list so that you can decode the GPS coordinates. For example, if you’re on List Y, and the missing number is 6… then Y = 6. You will need all 12 of these letters to determine the place name of the GPS coordinates.
Here are a couple of examples that illustrate the process of solving:
Freebie #1: A clever person (like you) would quickly discover that List Y represents the first 10 states that entered the United States. A little web search and analysis will show that List Y is missing one state: Massachusetts – and that Massachusetts was the 6th state to enter the union. Therefore: letter Y (for List “Y”) would equal the number 6.
Freebie #2: An astute observer would notice that List Z represents ZODIAC SIGNS for the first 10 months of the year. When put into order from the beginning of the calendar year, you couldn’t help but see that one is missing: PISCES, the second sign of the year. Therefore: letter Z (for List “Z”) would equal the number 2.
As explained above, you should now see that each list is missing one element… and that element represents a number from 1-10 (or 0-9). And that number will replace the list’s letter in the GPS code.
Once you have solved each challenge, you will be able to decode the GPS coordinates below, and find where they lead you on Google Earth.
What is the remote location (a specific place name) at these GPS coordinates?
Download the puzzle now and get ready to STAY AHEAD of your puzzle competitors!